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Is Our Industry Doing A Terrible Job At Promoting Our Professionalism?

Do you ever get to the end of your rope and just say out loud “enough is enough?” When you’ve been pushed on and tugged at and trodden over to the point that you just can’t stay silent anymore. I … Continue reading

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Everybody Has A Special Deal With Jerry

I guess I’m not a very good business man. I mean if you compare me & the stereotypical tycoon type that is described in all the guru books, I fit NONE of the definitions. I might shave twice in one … Continue reading

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3 Time Killers To Avoid On Your Pest Control Route

Time is the longest distance between two places. Tennessee Williams From day one on the route you learn that pest control is a fast paced occupation. Get to a job, get it done and get to the next and repeat. … Continue reading

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Why Are Exterminators Expected To Be ‘Know It All’s?’

I was at the dentist the other day & in between rinse and spit and the anesthesia slurred words we had a pretty good conversation. Of course the topic came around to pest control, as it often does and soon … Continue reading

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Is There Really Such A Thing As A Pest Control Price Increase?

This year my company went through the ‘pains’ of a price increase. We don’t do it nearly as often as “the experts” say to do it but honestly, more than I’d like to. I hate raising prices or let me … Continue reading

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Difficult People & Their Criticism On your Pest Control Route

Two realities; #1. I’m not a psychologist or anything close enough to give me authority in this field. That said, I’ve been dealing with (and you as well if you’ve done pest control for any length of time) difficult people … Continue reading

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The Living Eulogy Of A Single Operator Whose Taken The Next Step

As the truck rounds the corner a wave of familiarity gently flows across his mind. It’s been 10 years since he’s been on this street. Ten years. Although he doesn’t see the old broken down basketball hoop precariously anchored to … Continue reading

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Put Another Niche Under Your Belt

I get a lot of questions from pest control owners on how to grow their business. The request usually is preceded by a long list of things they’ve tried that didn’t work or asking for specifics on something I’ve written … Continue reading

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In Pest Control The Common Sense Of The Common Denominator Is Not So Common

I’ve never been accused of being the sharpest knife in the drawer and honestly, that’s ok. But you’d think after almost 3 decades of doing pest control I’d be the last one lulled into sleep over a minor problem and … Continue reading

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Route # 9- In The Beginning

Jerry 1:1 In the beginning was route #9 and it was without form, void and a complete and utter mess.

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Route #9 Coming Out Of The Closet

To this day I remember exactly how I was introduced to this gig. At the time I was working two jobs, an upscale deli making sandwiches by day and a low life greasy Greek pizza place moping floors and doing … Continue reading

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Whats The Value of Your Time?

I’m often amused reading discussion forums or just ‘shop’ type talk at an annual ceu class when the subject of pricing or hourly worth comes up. The range of ‘self worth’ is truly astounding and the valuations different people place … Continue reading

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Route# 9 Part Two

It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun and the last 3 months for me were really like a blur. I never really was ‘overly’ fascinated by insects growing up but here I was just engrossed with everything I … Continue reading

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Route # 9

For most people sitting in a small break room watching videos, reading manuals and taking tests for 3 straight months might not be their idea of a great job. Especially when you’re barely making minimum wage. However I was fascinated … Continue reading

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Proverbs In Pest Control

Talking to old vets of the industry can sometimes leave you to believe there’s not much to the job. Situations that make you & I pull our hair out in frustration don’t seem to move them. Setbacks and pest problems … Continue reading

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