Finding A Way To Contribute

June 25, 2012

Contributing within the Pest Control Industry

Last month, the San Diego Chapter of the Pest Control Operators of California held their annual San Diego Padre Night / Tailgate Party. It was a great opportunity to go across company lines and just have fun with other pest control operators, managers and workers.

For my own staff at Hearts Pest Management, it was a great early season break. We had a productive spring and this was an opportunity to show the staff some deserved appreciation. It also gave me a chance to meet the families of new staff members.

The folks who put this together each year deserve a lot of credit, Gary Atkins, from Water Tech Ag Supply and P.C.O.C. board members – usually the same volunteers year in and year out. It would take pages to list all the ways they have volunteered during their lives. These are people with service in their blood.
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Pest Control Risk Verses Benefits

April 20, 2012

Risk Vs Benefit of Pest Control Jobs

Looking at Risks When You Want Benefits

Pest control technicians are normal people with normal needs. I’ll rank them here.

  • Money
  • Satisfaction of Work Done
  • Recognition
  • Go Back to Money

The job of a pest control manager is to temper that with the risks associated with the benefits that the pest control technician wants to derive. Read the rest of this entry »


Subcontracting Roof Rat Work

March 10, 2012

In the past several years, particularly since the onset of the economic crash of 2007, we have noticed an increasing reliance on subcontractors for insulation removal, vacuuming, decontamination and reinsulating. I don’t much like the trend. Of course I don’t like it because companies are low balling. That could just be sour grapes.
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Hard to Understand Foolish Employee

February 16, 2012

I often share my feelings about foolish employment practices within the pest control industry.

Without going into detail, this link is about a foolish employee in the pest control industry.
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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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Toilet Paper – Coffee Wars and Pest Control

December 22, 2011

If you have followed my pest control company, Hearts Pest Management, you already know that I love Starbucks. I based my employee model on Starbucks.

Recently I discovered some of the really nutritious and delicious meals at Jamba Juice in 4S Ranch. So I admit to taking my sandwich over to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf next door for a latte. Again, despite my claimed loyalty to Starbucks, my wife (to whom I also profess loyalty) loves the Expressos at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. So we sometimes drive over to the “CBTL” in Carmel Mountain, San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »


Follow Up to Pestpac Technology Meeting

December 18, 2011

After the Los Angeles Pestpac Technology Meeting I went home and did some research. I then went out on a buying expedition, experimenting with different devices and plans that I felt might work for Hearts Pest Management.

Since Hearts Pest Management uses universal technicians, I really needed a mobile solution that would provide a full feature Pestpac experience. Read the rest of this entry »


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