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Retail Pesticide Products; Why It’s a “Non-Issue”

The following article is posted by permission by its writer, Paul Bello, a certified entomologist with decades of pest control knowledge in all aspects of the industry. This stream of consciousness came with a very active and comment laden thread … Continue reading

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3 Hall of Fame Disappointments In My Career–Grace Under Pressure

As I sit to write this I know there are literally thousands who have experienced what I’m about to say. Good people, great techs and aspiring owner operators who put everything on the line to make their dream of a … 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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What’s The Hardest Part Of A Pest Control Complaint?

Re-do’s, courtesy calls, extra service visits, call it what you like but in the end it’s just a complaint. Complaint calls are part of the business and if I had the formula to eliminate them all, I’d be a wealthy … Continue reading

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Pest Control Not Found In Any Manual

To get a professional pest control applicators license you’ve got to go through quite a bit of training. Books books and more books, on the job training, ride alongs, training classes, videos, in house testing and more. All of this … Continue reading

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The Envy of The Invisible Pest Control Companies

Where Do All Those Invisible Pest Control Companies Hide? Every year when the yellow pages come out I look to see whose still in business and which companies have bowed out. Not an exact science mind you but you can … Continue reading

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The Deadly Speed Of A Key Account

Pest control technicians must be a trusting lot. I can’t think of any other occupation where a homeowner let’s a service person in their home while they’re not present. Not only do they ‘let’ them in, they actually give them … Continue reading

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Collections; These Are The Times That Try Mens Souls

So there I am, standing at the door dreading what I have to go through next. Actually, I’ve done this a hundred times before and only a relative few have turned out to be the nightmarish encounter I’d never want … Continue reading

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