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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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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Sun Tzu – The Art of War for Managers

June 3, 2011

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Sun Tzu The Art of War for Managers

The Arts of War for Managers

Vacations are a great time to get away from your business long enough to truly think about it, free from the daily distractions. This week, while in the Baltic republics, I have been reading Sun Tzu The Art of War for Managers. It’s rare for me to read a book from front to back cover, so having succeeded in that regard I can attest that it is a book that even I can get through.
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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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Spring Anxiety in the Pest Control Field

February 26, 2010

After a disastrous financial year for business in general and in particular for our pest control industry, we industry leaders and prognosticators look forward with hope and trepidation. The spring season unofficially gets underway in March, just a few days away.

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Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die

April 26, 2009

I’m not talking here about pests, I’m talking about pest control companies. The new season is here. Some pest control companies have not survived the winter of discontent with the economy. Now, more companies than ever will realize they are not ready for 21st century competition. Read the rest of this entry »


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