It’s been almost a year for me having a pest control business license. I don’t know how long after the license issue that I can call what I do “a business”. Maybe, now? I am doing work for pay. Yea, it’s a business.
When I was trying to get supplies ordered so I would have the right products to care for customer needs, I got lots of advice. Buy this, not that. Use this vendor, not that one. What I learned from my women’s pest control group: Fill out the surveys…always.
Those surveys are a pain. They ask a lot of personal questions. You get unsolicited phone calls and emails. But… there’s always a but. If you read those emails and answer the phone calls, you will find, like I did, some amazingly helpful information on the other end. Those vendors and suppliers want you to be successful. AND….You get free stuff. Who doesn’t like free stuff?
I did spend a few thousand dollars on chemicals and other pest control supplies. By filling out those surveys, I got to try other items that I might not have purchased. In this process, I received a sample of a mosquito treatment that I have found to be perfect for my area – it’s a botanical and 25b exempt.
For doing a survey about ants, I won a $100 gift card that I spent on a much needed massage.
I have industry contacts that sent me posters to help ID insects…. some full size, and some pocket sized to leave with my customers.
In a chat group, a manufacturer rep offered to send informational materials. Of course I said yes.
One chemical company offered free samples of its popular aerosols.
Most recently, I submitted a story about how I really liked a rodent bait. The T-shirt I received is cool. I think mice are too cute for me to actually be a member of The Rodent Death Squad, but I will wear the shirt.
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