We had the pleasure of attending PestWorld 2019 in October. This was the second consecutive year that Barrier Pest Control has attended PestWorld—the name for the National Pest Management Associations’(NPMA) annual convention. We were honored to be one of the few companies to represent the great state of Idaho. Now don’t get us wrong, we love us some Idaho but to get away to sunny San Diego in October is good for the old joints and the soul. Not only was it good to get away from the cold weather for a few days but it was good to associate with other pest control companies from all over the country and beyond. This year there were representatives from 137 countries. Since we were already attending, we were asked by the Idaho Pest Management Association (Of which our very own Kirk is a board member) to attend a meeting to represent the Idaho board.
I make a habit of asking other pest control companies about what they find to be worthwhile at PestWorld, and often I heard that they take away 2 things from the convention, seeing the new products/services at the tradeshow and associating with other pest control companies.
One of the new buzz phrases that we kept hearing was “remote monitoring”. The idea is that for certain pest problems such as roaches, bedbugs, or mice, you set up a device that will either monitor and/or catch those certain pests and send daily notifications back to the pest control company. The monitoring devices have a higher upfront cost than regular inspections but the idea is something we are considering. Remote monitoring represents a different way to serve customers. Especially for bedbugs because we treat hotels, multi-family units, and single-family homes, here in Boise, for bedbugs. It would be really beneficial to not always have to be there but to use technology to react quickly or even before it becomes a recognized problem in a residence. How does this benefit Barrier Pest Control in the Boise area? You’ll be the first to know.
Meeting with people from other Pest Control Companies is a great way to give/receive great information to growing a quality business. We love all the pest control businesses in the Boise area and we try to foster relationships with them. But sometimes, it’s easier to get free-flowing information at a national convention. Now when we want to be better in certain areas, we have people we can go to for information. Hearing the unique problems in their respective locations makes us really thankful to be working in Idaho.
Barrier is always looking for ways to be better! And rest assured, we will continue to improve as we move forward. Give us a call if you need pest control in Fruitland, Payette, Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Star, Middleton, Mountain Home, Boise or any other towns in the Treasure Valley.