Whistling past the cemetery; episode 7

Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.

If you’re not a member, you can join here: PestCemetery.com


First up, Brent Towle posted a thread about bed bug monitors.

Brent wrote: “Something I don’t see much discussion about in the Cemetery. Bed bug monitors or traps. What works and what doesn’t?”

Jerry pointed out that the FMC solutions monitor (Verifi Bed Bug Detector) has been discontinued and has been replaced by the Volcano. He cited expense and the limited effectiveness (required placement near actual source) as the biggest drawbacks of bed bug monitors. Bryan added that the odor of the monitors was not favorable.

The hosts then discussed the horrible event that took place in Amarillo, Texas. Both Jerry and Bryan expressed sorrow for the friends and family involved.

Jerry pointed out that although the tragedy was not caused by a licensed pest control operator, the media has portrayed the industry as the culprit.

As of the recording of this episode, it was not clear how the homeowner acquired the restricted use product.

In reference to giving friends and customers professional products, Bryan states, “First, do no harm”. For the record, neither hosts has issues with giving away glue traps.

For this week’s last topic, Jerry and Bryan chimed in on a post written by Dan Nielson.

Dan wrote: “If your Business depends on you for day to day operations. You don’t own a business. You have a job. And the worst part is you’re working for a lunatic.

The whole point of starting a business is to get free of a job so you can create jobs for other people.

In the infancy of your business. You are the business. If you never adapt past that point. Your business never grows. And you might as well just go work for someone else.”

For the most part, both hosts agreed with much of what the post was trying to say. They do, however, see both sides of the coin. Happiness and success are all about perception.

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About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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