G20 “Passing the Buck”

June 26, 2010

Check out this article in The Guardian as a primer.

This new economic crisis is reaching a feverish level. As if news of a renewed housing slump wasn’t bad enough. The G20 – 1 (the U.S.) would be happy to balance their budgets at the expense of a generous America, which will then need to print dollars and create a further deficit and trade imbalance to prop up the U.S. …. and the world economy. Read the rest of this entry »

May 2010 Housing Slump and the Pest Control Industry Outlook

June 25, 2010

Today, Newspapers across the United States reported on the drop in home sales for May 2010. Los Angeles Times Reports Home Sales Slump. No, let’s call it what it is, a crash! Housing sales slumped to the lowest number recorded in the 47 year history that the statistic has been kept. Banks are more skittish about the recovery. That means a “second dip.” If we have a dip that is anything like the first one we are rebounding from, then we are in deep doodoo.

Service companies are feeling the pinch from stressed homeowners and business owners who are behind on payments and generally up to their necks in bills. Read the rest of this entry »

I Could Kick Myself! or That’s not the way to run a pest control company!

June 16, 2010

You may not know it until you read my latest article, but I do have a humorous side. You can find the article, “I Could Kick Myself,” in the June digital issue of Pest Management Professional Magazine, page 20.

Kicking oneself seems like a pretty awkward thing to do, but in business, it happens all the time. Any pest control owner…. any company owner or manager who says they haven’t made the same or similar mistakes to the ones I describe in lying! That’s right, an out and out lie!
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Is the Future of Pest Control Tied to Conservation?

June 10, 2010

I’m getting tired of killing bees. Yes, I have recognized many situations where bees are extremely dangerous and something needs to be done quickly. In our own company experience several years ago, we had a worker who came within a minute of death due to anaphylactic shock. It is so difficult to find an economically feasible way to save them. I don’t trust any of the current companies out there that claim to save them. But I do believe it can be done, with extensive training, if you could create a network of bee hive takers. It’s no easy job. But who said work was easy.
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