The Language War of Professional Certification

June 6, 2011

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As a foreigner traveling in Latvia and Estonia this week, I am enjoying the opportunity to revive my university acquired Russian skills some 35 years ago. I can enjoy also the game of picking up a few words in Estonian and finding elements of Russian grammar in the Latinized Latvian shop signs. It’s a game one enjoys as a lover of foriegn language study. Like any puzzle, the more linguistic pieces you pick up the more complete the puzzle, until it forms a complete picture, a beautiful mosaic of human development and civiization.
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Dominoes Gets Free Publicity

April 24, 2011

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Dominoes Gets Free Publicity from Economic and Political Mess

Dominoes Gets Free Publicity from Economic and Political Mess

Dominoes Pizza is the only lucky winner with huge free name recognition the past few years of:

Financial Dominoes
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Unionized Pest Control – Could it happen?

March 5, 2011

Unions are in the news these days with a frontal assault coming from newly elected governors who have promised to drastically trim the costs of government and remove the noose that has been placed around it by unions that can and do bring public services to a stop. In Wisconsin, public employees have taken over the capital as the call for general strikes by public workers go out.
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What is the State of Physical and Mental Health in the Pest Control Industry?

November 28, 2010

For several years now, the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) has held morning physical fitness workouts in the early morning of its’ National Academy. When I last attended the academy, the overwhelming response of fellow participants was that the workout was fun, relevant, engaging and a great team activity. Kudos to the NPMA for opening up members to consider their physical health as an important part of leadership and organizational well-being. As I reflect back on the activity, I think the NPMA approach was a positive and gentle step in the right direction.
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Fumigants are going away

April 8, 2010

Yesterday, I received a newsletter from the National Pest Management Association. The news was not good for Hearts Pest Management or for any other pest control company in the business of fumigating burrowing rodents such as gophers. In the past few years, negligent pest control applicators have been endangering people with off-label fumigant applications, resulting in the needless, outrageous death of children. For those of us who practice responsibly, we have no choice but to deal with the change in treatment required. The EPA has now banned the use of aluminum and magnesium phosphide in residential areas and inside a 100 foot perimeter of any structure. See the full EPA announcement here. We must now find ways of eliminating burrowing rodents as pests without a very valuable tool that when used properly did an excellent job, without secondary poisoning. Now we are left with less effective methods that may inflict secondary poisoning on birds, dogs and cats. But at least we will have fewer worries about people. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise even for our company. You just never know when you are going to have an employee who refuses to follow rules. These new restrictions are for our own good, whether we like it or not. But I do not enjoy the prospect of dealing with existing and future customers that are looking for effective solutions. Time will tell how this plays out, but now we are heading into new uncharted territory. One concern I have is that one man shops will try to sneak by, using fume illegally, taking pest control customers away from larger companies that are abiding by regulations. We can only wait and watch.

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EcoWise Stakeholder Meeting

February 23, 2010

Today, the EcoWise Certified stakeholders are meeting to review where we have been and where we are going. The landscape of players in the market for certifying green pest control companies has changed. Some say it is for the better and some say it is for the worse.
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NPMA and NRDC – Marriage of Pest Control and Environmental Groups – Reviewed

October 1, 2009

Last year the National Pest Management Association created in industry defined green standards certification called QualityPro Green (now GreenPro). This past spring of 2009, the NRDC (National Resource Defense Council) approached NPMA ( National Pest Management Association) with a request to conditionally join in the effort to create a better national green program. NPMA wisely found common ground with NRDC, listening and absorbing several of their concerns and designing a better green program under a newly marketed label – GreenPro. GreenPro will now have environmental advocates from outside the pest control industry sitting on its’ board of directors.
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NPMA QualityPro Green – EcoWise Certified – Green Shield Certified

December 14, 2008

There is a new flag waver in the IPM world: NPMA QualityPro Green.  This program has the opportunity to extend the reach of the green movement into a place of respectability in the industry.  It could also end up being a whitewash of poor practices. 

Companies are now acquiring the NPMA QP Green certification at a very quick pace, but there are questions about the quality of QualityPro Green due to the ease in acquiring the certification and the organizations (both NPMA and PCOC) that jointly administer and own the certification.  There is no outside audit done of certification holders.  It is rather an after-thought. 
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NPMA Convention 2008

October 25, 2008

Great 2008 National Pest Management Convention

Anyone who didn’t attend the NPMA Convention in Washington D.C. really missed out on a wonderful time with a facinating and diverse group of professionals and an outstanding opportunity to turn on those lightbulbs flashing with great new ideas to grow your business.  Read the rest of this entry »


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