New GRAS Repellent Techology from Israel

September 14, 2011

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The latest issue of 21st Century Israel contains an article about a company called BioPack, which is developing a method of using natural repellents in the packaging of food products. This product is not a pesticide and so is not seen to create resistance over time.
Here is an image demonstrating insect avoidance of this natural chemistry.
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Diatomaceous Earth – What’s so good about it?

July 15, 2011

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I’ve noticed that a lot of people continue to visit a post I wrote 2 years ago entitled Food Grade vs. Pool Grade Diatomaceous Earth – Possible Confusion. Since then, I have come across an increasing number of DIY (Do-it-Yourselfers) who are irresponsibly using DE, whether Pool Grade or Food Grade.
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Weathering the Choices

May 18, 2011

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Whether to work or not to work during inclement weather, that is the question for service companies as they send out their truck fleets to do business each day. There are schedules to keep and money to be made. There are new customers with all sorts of weather related issues.

Today is an unusually wet day in southern California, where we expect “May gray,” but not downpours as we have had the past 24 hours.
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The Yin Yang of Sales and Service

May 7, 2011

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When weighing the benefits of having one sales team and one separate service team vs. a combined sales/service team I believe something may be missing in the equation.

When you have separate sales and service teams the assumption is that they are assigned to do what they do best. Certainly you can maximize the selling ability of sales people by not burdening them with service. Likewise, you would not want to burden service people with sales opportunities they cannot close.
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Fascination with Death – Professional Choices

February 8, 2011

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If you thought pest control was a strange profession, try being a professional mortician. In this article, Alexandra Mosca describes a variety of reasons why she became a mortician and how she conducts herself. One motivation was the desire to comfort people passing through a difficult transition, as she had with the death of a loved one. But a deeper confession was that she always had a fascination with death.
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Jains, exterminators and bad karma

December 12, 2010

If you were a serious follower of Jainism, the topic of insecticide would be much more serious than whether you use Bayer or BASF pesticides. Jains would be discussing the murder of insects.

Jains do their very best to avoid bad karma, which requires avoidance of harm to all beings, large and small. According to Jain ethics, hurting living organisms negatively impacts ones own ability to pass to a better state of existence in this world or their next reincarnation. Jain monks are famous for the unusual behavior of sweeping away insects from their path so as not to hurt them. Jain laity may not go to the extremes of their priesthood, but they very much believe that harming nature affects their cosmic relationship to this world and even the future migration of their souls. Whether intentional or not, it produces bad karma that must be avoided. Read the rest of this entry »


HEATKTE – A Sam Walton acronym

July 28, 2010

At Walmart, the acronym HEATKTE reflected the perspective of Mr. Sam. HEATKTE meant “high expectations are the key to everything.” The acronym applied to both the results and the means to get there, through the labor force. You can bet that at Walmart, when a goal was set the expectation was that it was going to be met. Just as important was the means to get there.
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What’s Wrong? Pest Control Company, Pest Technician, or Both

July 24, 2010

The following pest control application received on the web is typical of many I receive:

“I currently work for (recognized large pest control company name) since x/2010, i am a (floating) tech. I work with termites and pest control along with doing special services including bed bugs, bees, fleas, etc. I am intrested in working for a good company who pays good and that the managment cares about me as well as for the customers. I love this industry along with the people who come with it. But where I’mm at there is no room to move around, the managment has little respect for us. So it is time to get with a good company.”

What’s wrong here? Is this top name pest control company that bad. Possibly so. There are reasons for bad employee morale. If employees are bad mouthing the company because they feel disrespected, they probably are. Read the rest of this entry »


Mexican Health Care for American Citizens

April 23, 2010

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that “Rising medical needs in the U.S. are creating new opportunities for Mexico’s health care industry…With health care costs in Mexico available at a fraction of U.S. prices, Mexican facilities can help fill a growing demand for services including dentistry, surgery, long-term care and assisted living.”
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Ant Control this year in Southern California

April 12, 2010

The ants are coming this year, as every year to Southern California. Due to the heavy rains we had this past winter, ant colonies are expected to have grown larger than prior years. But with drought plans restricting water usage, I am sure that those ants will be marching indoors this spring and summer, making homeowners crazy as they wake up to a breakfast table full of ants, or come home for dinner, only to find that ants been them to dinner.
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