2012 Pest Control Industry Forecast – How War Will Change It All

February 14, 2012

For the past four years, problems in the macro-economic outlook played a predominant role in the forecast for business, with pest control being just one sector subject to this same horrible dilemma, almost totally outside the control of the industry. It has been a game of duck and cover.

On a humorous note, check out this video. It gives you a sense of the naivete of the western world. I think we have been similarly left clueless about the magnetude of the problem before us.
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2011 Pest Control Industry Forecast – Who’s in the Driver’s Seat? A Macro-Perspective

January 3, 2011

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As we look ahead with predictions for the pest control industry in 2011, we may have a sense that those companies still around will get through the remaining economic struggles. Pest control companies are adjusting by cutting excess spending, reducing credit outstanding and putting aside rainy day cash. Companies are trying to gain relative leverage against bad economic times by diversifying their service portolio and taking advantage of weak spots that they find in their competitors’ positions. Simultaneously, companies are focusing on strong core services that will produce the most profit. Some companies are simply trying to add market share at any price, but adding this revenue will not produce profit. It is a mistake. Companies cannot for long make money by losing money.
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Dr. Robert Reich and How Politics and Pest Control Go Together

November 19, 2010

So yesterday I had the privilege to hear the famous economist, Dr. Robert Reich, speak at the San Diego Workforce Partnership Forum. This non-profit organization put on a very nice event, hosted at Qualcomm headquarters.

Dr. Reich broke the ice with some self-deprecating humor. To the surprise of everyone who had not seen Dr. Reich before, he’s about the same height as Danny DeVito. This has nothing to do with his stature as a man. He is a very smart, articulate man, who has made a career of serving the public.
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The Joy of Cost Cutting

November 11, 2010

Most of us are fans of one sports team or another. At the beginning of each season we enjoy calculating the chances of winning a championship. In the middle, we do some second guessing of players, coaches, managers and ownership. By the end of the season, heads are bowed, wagging from side to side, as we wonder, “How did it come to this?” In the pack of teams, only a few make it to the finals and only one champion team appears.
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It’s Still the Economy, Stupid… and then again, maybe not so much.

October 17, 2010

In the 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton rose to office on the theme, “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” Well, it still is all about the economy. The 2008 elections will largely be based on economic concerns that have not disappeared. While statistics and surveys can lie, based on how they are presented, occasionally you can obtain data from neutral sources or you can weigh the preponderance of the evidence to draw conclusions.
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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 »


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