Whistling past the cemetery; episode 4


Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group. This post is a recap of the episodes released in December 2016.

If you’re not a member of the Facebook Group, you can join here: PestCemetery.com


The first thread discussed was Shane Mantz’s post about financing your own pest control business. Jerry mentioned how start-up debt is mostly comprised of hard assets, therefore, a loan might not be difficult to acquire. That being said, he sees the downside of going into debt right off the bat.

Bryan points out how you want to avoid high interest debt. He cites his grandfather and father as saying, “The minute you stop working (for a paycheck) you start going into debt. Try not to borrow money from a bank”.

Jerry tells the story of how he and Renee started their business – He financed the company truck, but paid cash for everything else. He made reference to an article he wrote years ago: Single Operator Setbacks and Keeping the Faith.

The next thread was by Ryan Ridgley. Ryan draws attention to how the world’s largest taxi company (Uber) owns no vehicles, the world’s largest content provider (Facebook) creates no content, and the world’s largest retailer (Alibaba) has no inventory.

This is a fascinating point, but Jerry makes reference to Mike Rowe’s statement that technology won’t replace manual labor in the foreseeable future – “Somebody has to shovel the poop”.

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The Ambiguous Pesticide Label/ Lets Make Labels Great Again

If the label on a pesticide product is the law (and there is NO DISPUTE of this fact), or so we’re told. Then deviating from it should bring consequences should it not? I mean going 55 mph through a school zone with yellow lights blinking will surely get you noticed. Robbing a bank will get you incarcerated if you get caught and you definitely should pay your taxes… slow as molasses as our Government is, they seem to break all land speed records when it comes to tax payments.

But then there are the crazy pest control laws out there like not being able to tie an alligator to a fire hydrant, or catching moths under a street light. Both illegal. Then there are the redundant, the contradictory, outdated or those that are obviously skewed for just one particular group of people or another. Try doing pest control in New York or California and you may see what I mean.

To be fair, almost all laws, rules and sets of directions now a days seem to have gone the way of CYA, or politically correct. You can’t put together a child’s toy from a box without a massive disclaimer, 1-800 hotlines or 3 different language pages all designed to protect the manufacturer and or seller. No warranties are supplied if you stray from the vague set of rules, instructions can be very confusing and it’s usually not until after you’ve done something wrong (tried to put part A together with part E) that you realize you’ve broken the rules and now you are in violation and here comes those consequences. (part F is not level resulting in only 3 wheels touching the ground at any one time;)  and calling that 1-800 number at this point seems like a worthless 30 minute hold time endeavor especially since you NOW see what you’ve done is wrong but you’re still kinda miffed that the directions weren’t clearer, that it wasn’t written in plain english. Disclaimer*(that’s “plain speak” to you multi lingual folks and not a limiting nor un inclusive choice of verbiage) 

O lord…. let’s get on with article…

So read on if you’d like, it’s a bit long I grant you. Or don’t, it’s not The Law! You don’t have to be licensed to read it, in fact it’s probably geared more to those who are not certified/licensed. Those who are newer and perhaps confused by the labels they read and want clarity. Hmmm, I guess this would be a good place for a disclaimer and a statement of use; This is my opinion only and should not be construed as legally correct nor binding unless by some chance you use this information in a legal case and then you win!  Woo hoo! Good for you… but I doubt it somehow, so no such warranty applies.  However, by not reading the entire contents of this article your comments below will become null and void and any and all expressed accuracy or assurance of information will be revoked whether implied or written.  This ad hoc article is Caveat emptor and dubia in meliorem partem interpretari debent to our manufacturer’s.

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The Carson Project; A Mini Novel-Chapter One

screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-12-04-43-pmIt was suppose to occur in 2022 but things have changed and plans had to be sped up. The country has gone along for years with the scheme not questioning the science and the educated people behind it. With looming over population, extreme pestilence, pollution, poverty and the heavy hand of an oppressive government- the tired, poor and huddled masses fill the streets of what was once a promising land. Not so many years ago, science told us our indiscriminate actions would bring about an ice age and all would perish. That fish would run out of water and trash would hide the horizons. Our lives and the way we live had to be altered for the good of the many and the saving of the planet. That changed when the expected frozen tundra never materialized, our abundance was never threatened. However to the elites pleasant surprise, the frog never jumped out of the pot. Expected loud cries of foul never came and life just quietly went on and those in charge were still left to their devices unscathed. They were free to turn the heat up and again, the frog just settled in with barely a stir.  Now we’re told that, global warming or as they call it now, climate change, man made chemicals and the application of such has permanently scarred the land and irreparable  damage has been done. This with corporate greed has combined to bring our once great nation to the brink of extinction but for the poor souls who wander the barren streets, they could care less about the reasons; their only care of the day is to find a meal.

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Whistling past the cemetery: Episode 3

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-42-13-pmFor the last week of November, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recapped three of the most interesting posts made on the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.


The first thread mentioned was Diana Dincoff Wallace’s thread about Pharaoh ants.


She wrote: “We have been dealing with Pharaoh ants in an apt building for several years. We have used baits non-stop and even tried some Temprid and Phantom, but they keep coming back. I have called several universities and all I get is ….bait them. We are way up north so looking outside is not an option right now. Looking for some additional tips, options or procedures. O,k you southern people what’s your secret?”


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PSA for pest techs; The making of a paycheck

pestcemetery facebook logo http://pestcemetery.com/The following is a posting from the closed Facebook group of pestcemetery.com. It is a stark look at the true cost of what goes into making sure the owners bank account actually has the money in it so your paycheck doesn’t bounce.

Although not complete, (there are even more hidden costs that the writer did not include-scary), nor is it the exact “numbers amount” you might see in your area. It is representative percentage wise and with a little tweaking the same daunting scenario can be played out in any region or business across the country.

Also of importance; It is not a slam on employees, techs or any supportive staff that make up any company. Just a statement of fact, a cold splash of water for that entrepreneur who wakes up every day and looks him or herself in the mirror asking that daily question, “how can I grow my company?”  You can’t grow if you don’t know- so. In the spirit of helping all pest control endeavors I present (with permission) this small peak of an owners challenges and the clear cut costs associated with employees. Also included, is a small smattering of the comments quoted in the thread so you can see what other owners thoughts are. Your comments are appreciated too. Comment below;

What? You’re not in the group? Tsk Tsk. It’s only the fastest growing, most active and diversified group of its kind on the web. I’m sure you just haven’t seen it yet in your surfing, here’s a link so you can request to join.

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Whistling past the cemetery Episode 2

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-42-13-pmEach Friday, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap of some of the most interesting posts on the pestcemetery.com Facebook group.This is your opportunity to catch up on posts you might have missed, hear what the hosts have to say about a particular topic, or perhaps serve as your introduction to one of the most active pest control communities on the internet.


National Geographic purchased Daniel’s photo of a Conenose Bug-Kissing Bug (Triatoma lecticularia). That’s a big time accomplishment for any photographer, let alone an A.C.E. that spends most of his time as a pest control training coordinator.

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Whistling past the cemetery

screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-10-42-13-pmWelcome to the very first edition of Whistling Past the Cemetery!

Each Friday, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts on the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.This podcast is your opportunity to catch up on posts you might have missed, hear what the hosts have to say about particular topics, or perhaps serve as your introduction to one of the most active pest control communities on the internet.

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Dodged a bullet

red pill blue pillThe day started out simple enough, mostly routine stops, nothing out of the ordinary… or so I thought. The office calls and says they have a customer that needs someone out soon, today if at all possible. I say, “sure, I’ll work them in.”

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Pest Control Marketing – Hal Coleman UNPLUGGED & UNCENSORED Workshop!

I rarely post advertisements…. oh what am I saying… the side bars are full of ad’s and I must have 30 posts/articles from friends in the industry touting their companies or products.  And.. the thing is, I don’t receive a dime for ANY of those. (so far:)

I have done this for a very specific reason and for the foreseeable future, I’ll continue. The reason is simple, I want YOU to succeed!

Listen, I’ve been where many of you are. Sleepless nights staring at the ceiling going over and over every aspect of your business in your head and wondering why you can’t get ahead, wondering why the world isn’t beating down your door for your service. That’s no fun. However now, for me and for many many pest control business owners the world is not so bleak and let me tell you, that’s a GREAT feeling and I want to see YOU have that feeling too. And guess what? It’s not only possible, it is absolutely doable and in far less time than you can even imagine.

So, posting an advertisement??? Yes–I’m all in and I sincerely hope you’ll consider deeply this opportunity and GO ALL IN with your commitment to your business and join me and Mr. Hal Coleman to help show you the way to this reality. It is so much closer than you think. It is literally one decision/click away. I hope to see you there and then I truly hope you’ll reach out to me in the coming months afterwards to tell me all the great events that have come about in your companies growth.

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A Friend In Need

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Ours is a big family. Thousands of members, brethren if you will, that have come together for the common cause of good. Good to our industry, good to the public we serve and good to each and every company and the individuals who earn their living in the service of pest control. When one is hurting we all hurt and with each victory I’d like to think we all celebrate with that one. It’s one of the main reasons I started my blog many years ago and perhaps still, the main reason I am still writing to this day. There is little voice out there for the small firms, few places where a mom & pop or small one man operator can get real world help. I’d like to think of pestcemetery.com as one of those places.

There is strength in numbers, there is wisdom and hope. 

The following is a small post I wrote in my Facebook group also called pestcemetery which is a closed group of around 2000 pest control professionals from literally around the world. I had no idea when typing away on my phone, (I was multitasking while watching House of Cards) that my words to a fellow member would spark such interest and/or inspire so many. Neither was I prepared for the MANY great comments and tid bits of wisdom and insight that this would generate.

I simply noticed a fellow member, a brother in the industry that is (hopefully by now WAS & it’s now passed) in such a low place. So low that he was seriously contemplating leaving 29 years of pest control experience and ownership behind. I won’t list all the troubles he faced, it wouldn’t matter anyway. We’ve all, dare I say faced similar and for some whose comments were on this thread, were even more dire, more pressure filled.

If you’d like to see the entire thread and comments or become part of this growing online community I invite you to look me up. The learning never stops and the ‘instant’ help that is offered is unmatched in my opinion. Here, in it’s entirety is my post to a friend in need.  Continue reading

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Win the War Against Rodents:

antman http://pestcemetery.com/Rodent season is here and mice are looking for a warm place to seek shelter.  These pests carry many diseases and can harm your family and damage your home.  Diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus can be transmitted to humans.  Mice are known to sometimes bring a few “hitchhikers” into our home.  Fleas, mites, and ticks are always looking for a free ride provided by rodents.  Take a few moments to perform this quick check-up to rodent proof your home to avoid the circus of possible problems.

Remember This During Inspection:
Rodents need three elements for survival;  Shelter, a food source, and water.  Some mice will only need the diameter of a penny to sneak their way into our home.   Continue reading

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How Green Is My Pest Control

definition |ˌdefəˈniSHən|noun

1 a statement of the exact meaning of a word, esp. in a dictionary.• an exact statement or description of the nature, scope, or meaning of something: our definition of what constitutes poetrythe action or process of defining something.

Recently I’ve been noticing a few things about my service that I guess I’ve taken for granted over the years. I don’t think I’m doing it the way everyone is talking about. I see the man with the caulking gun and pruning sheers on Tv commercials who apparently never steps inside your door, the company that advertises a 58 point pest inspection…wth? The endless ads for all natural or green pest products that are constantly in my e-mail box, magazines or good old news feed whenever I pop online. I guess I’m not the only one because of the many conversations I see online in forums and chat rooms with all the different ideas of how pest control is best applied (or not applied) and the many many eco friendly products they use and claim to be the best. To be honest, so many of these products I have never even heard of let alone tried. I’ve been pretty happy with my ‘traditional’ choices and kept with most of them for quite some time.  Continue reading

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DDT Did You Know

ddt http://pestcemetery.com/The following excerpts are presented to you from credible sources (cited below) and set in order to briefly tell the DDT story. I have set them this way because it would take the average reader several hours to glean all the different websites to gain this prospective. It did for me anyway.

Perhaps some of this information is new to you, perhaps you had no idea of the scope and magnitude of a simple observation and how many lives it would save- how many it ‘could’ve saved’ except for another set of observations.

The story of DDT and its demise should be something we should learn from, however, I don’t believe we have and I doubt if we ever truly will. Continue reading

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Issues With Rodent Control Safety:

http://pestcemetery.com/Do you remember where you were during the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster?  It was a National tragedy and loss that affected all who remember that day. When you think of all the countless hours that went into preparations and how hundreds of technicians and scientists went over the vehicles every square inch- it just seems impossible something like that ever would happen. Nothing was left to chance and even a wayward bird or cloud could have scrubbed the mission. Everything was checked and rechecked again and with all systems go, the most heart wrenching event occurred just 73 seconds after take off. There wasn’t anything they could try again, there was nothing they could take back and no second chances. I have another reason for this day being etched into my mind and while I don’t pretend to compare the two in magnitude. I do contend that equally tragic accidents can happen if we don’t learn some lessons along our way.

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Rodent Control

bad trap placement http://pestcemetery.com/To kill a bug one needs only to apply his or her learning on the specific pests habits and that’s half the game. Insects don’t ‘think’ per se but rather react to stimuli or needs and bada bing, one dead bug. What if you threw a brain into that insect which could analyze, think critically and make decisions even despite some temptation or stimulus?

Such is the case for rodents and while I have over simplified it a bit I hope you get my point. It’s because of this ability of rats and mice to think along with their built in reactions that there are some pretty important Do’s and Don’ts. Continue reading

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