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08/17/2018

Rod Diehl – Rod Diehl Pest Control – Sonora, CA   It’s common for Rod Diehl’s customers to be surprised when he — the namesake of Rod Diehl Pest Control — personally shows up at their homes.   “They’re like, ‘You’re the Rod? We expected you to be playing golf and having one of your minions coming out,’” Diehl says. “I just explain to them, I love this work. I enjoy it every single day. I want to meet every customer and hear about their ups and downs, and their grandkids graduating from high...

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08/10/2018

As temperatures heat up, so does pest activity — and your business. It can be difficult to keep track of everything you need during the rush, so we put together this quick checklist of warm weather essentials. Follow these four steps to make sure you’re making the most of pest control’s busiest season. 1. Stock Up Check your inventory — do you have all the products and tools you need? The last thing you want is to keep customers waiting while you look for more of a particular product. Univar offers over 6,000 products for a variety of markets. Order exactly what y...

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08/06/2018

By Trace McEuen, VP-Environmental Sciences, Americas   Leading a business, whether there are three employees or three thousand employees, comes with immense responsibility. Both to succeed and grow, but also to evolve and improve the business’ operations.   Many of today’s pest management professionals, like yourself, are overwhelmed by the varying types of technologies available and can never find the time or resources to vet each one. This glut of technological choices leads to an even greater problem - doing nothing.   From my beginnings with Van Wat...

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08/01/2018

August 8 marks the 94th anniversary of Univar’s inception. What started as a small firm in Seattle has grown into one of the world’s largest chemical distribution companies. We wanted to share an overview of our growth through the years and thank you for partnering with us! We hope you enjoy these throwbacks as much as we do: In 1924 Van Waters & Rogers (VWR) was established in Seattle and sold only a few items including paint, raw materials, soda ash, cotton linters, and denatured alcohol. Today, Univar Environmental Sciences alone sells more than 6,000 products! In 1...

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07/27/2018

At the height of busy season, it can feel like there’s no break in sight. Endless calls, difficult scheduling, and backlogs can all pile up — and that’s before you even have time to manage inventory and reorder products. But there is a way — actually, two ways — for busy professionals to squeeze more minutes out of an already saturated work week. And with our new Better Business Tips video series, you’ll see how to start doing both, today.   Saving Time with Quick Lists If you’ve used the Univar Online Store, you may know about how Quick Li...

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07/25/2018

The Power of ProCenters Essential knowledge and tools under one roof From our Online Store to our mobile-friendly ProTraining platform, Univar brings tools and expertise to customers wherever they go. That includes giving PMPs and managers the option to walk into a ProCenter that houses the service and products they need — all in one place. That’s why Univar operates over 60 ProCenter locations across the country. Each store location functions as a local hub with quick access to essential products and knowledge. ProCenter visitors get the exact tools they need, in a...

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07/20/2018

At Univar, we take pride in providing customers with the most current industry news and knowledge - within local communities and nationwide.   Here's an overview of this fall's biggest trends as reported by Univar sales managers across the country.   (click to enlarge)  

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07/09/2018

Q. What would you recommend to prevent rodents from burrowing down into a crawlspace from the outside? If they have already done so, what is the best way to exclude them? I've heard of using screening in an L shape along the foundation as well as trenching gravel along the perimeter. — Jayce, WA A. I don’t know that a gravel trench would keep rats from digging in and out of the crawlspace, but a curtain of hardware cloth should. Use 19-gauge hardware cloth or stronger with a ½ in. x ½ in. mesh or smaller. Attach it to the outside of the crawlspace and have ...

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07/05/2018

Jason Payne - President, Payne Pest Management – San Diego, CA   When you talk to Jason Payne, President of Payne Pest Management, one thing is abundantly clear: exceptional customer service is his foremost priority.   Taking care of the customer first is a benchmark of doing business that Payne inherited from his parents, Willie & Kathleen, who have worked in the pest control industry for many, many years before founding their company in 2006.   “In this business the customer is not just buying a tangible product but a service”, explained Jason. ...

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07/02/2018

Choosing a distributor can be a daunting task. For many businesses, finding the right distributor takes a ton of research in order to meet your business needs. This month, we wanted to shed light on tips from the pros on finding the right distributor: Work with a distributor who partners with manufacturers to successfully deliver the products they make through the most comprehensive distribution network in the industry. Ensure that there is a strong portfolio of products that will serve your business year-round. Ensure your distributor is involved at every level of the industry. From ...

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06/19/2018

Q: What diseases do roaches carry? — Christopher, CA A: Because German cockroaches may travel between unsanitary conditions and food, it’s possible for them to carry disease microbes on their bodies and deposit them onto food and utensils. In this manner, the main concern is pathogens that cause food poisoning or gastroenteritis, a.k.a. stomach flu. There is a more direct connection between German cockroaches and acute asthma attacks. People may become allergic to proteins in cockroach feces from chronic exposure to cockroaches, as in long-term infestations. In sensitive peop...

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06/01/2018

Throughout June organizations across the country are putting forth their best effort to promote safety. National Safety Council aims to ensure that “No 1 Gets Hurt” and provides great resources to reduce injury at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. For our industry we should always be reminded of the importance of personal protective products that we all use every day, and that make our job easier, cleaner, and safer. For Univar employees, safety is top of mind regularly! We start every meeting with a safety share and prioritize safety above all else. During t...

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06/01/2018

Q: Will the use of repellent products cause bed bugs to disperse further from the treatment area and spread an infestation to untreated locations?-- Stephanie, FL A: Studies have shown that bed bugs don’t sense dried repellent residues like cockroaches and ants and will walk across and even sit on them. However, there’s a better chance of bed bugs picking up a lethal dose from sitting on dried residue for some time than by walking across it, so application to harborages is key. They’ll still run away from a direct application of a repellent product, but they are not kep...

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05/30/2018

Q: What is the home range of a Norway rat and a roof rat from their nesting place?-- Joey, MSA: The average for commensal rats is a 25-100 foot radius, but the reality is that it depends on how close a food source is located. If a rat can find food within 10 feet of its nest, it has no reason to go further in search of food. But if it has to go beyond 100 feet in search of food, then it will. It depends on the situation and it’s important not to limit your mindset to textbook numbers.

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05/18/2018

Univar has proudly served our customers including licensed pest management professionals for more than 90 years. Through the years we’ve been the go-to resource for pest and product information.Our commitment to customer success starts with making sure products are delivered when and where they’re wanted. What keeps customers coming back are the many services available alongside those products - deep industry experience, dedicated service, and the array of business resources available via PestWeb. Since its inception over 20 years ago, PestWeb continues to be the structural pest control ind...

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05/15/2018

Supplier Days are some of the most exciting times at Univar. We have the opportunity to partner with Bell Labs, to promote their products and business for two weeks on PestWeb and across our ProCenters. During this time, Univar customers can connect with sales representatives from both companies, earn CEUs, take advantage of the exclusive savings, and engage with other industry pros. We wanted to invite you in on the fun! Check out some great images below:               We’ve had a blast and it’s not over yet! Feel free t...

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05/09/2018

You asked and we’ve delivered. We understand that customers like yourself are busy, time is limited, and resources are tight. Our goal is to ensure that we communicate as effectively as possible to meet your needs and keep you in the know. Introducing The Hub!The Hub is our newest landing page to provide you with a one-stop-shop for the latest news in:Corporate UpdatesCustomer SpotlightsConnectivity NewsletterIndustry Insightsand perspective from Mr. Pest ControlThrough these posts, you’ll find everything you need to connect with us and know all the happenings that are going on within Univa...

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01/17/2018

When Nate first moved to the west coast from his home in Washington, D.C., he was in for a bit of culture shock. Growing up near the Mason-Dixon line, he’d always been accustomed to friendly discussions with neighbors and other locals. But in California, it seemed people drove directly into their garages and called it a night — not the easiest environment to connect with people.The year was 1998 and Nate was kicking off a career in pest management that would go quite far, quite fast. Starting off as a route technician, he soon became Orange County’s pest control manager, then a regional man...

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01/09/2018

Q. What products and steps are needed to treat multiple cats in a bed bug infested home? The customer has two dogs and eight cats living indoors with them. Hours after I heated and sprayed the home, the homeowners called complaining about seeing multiple live bugs. The only variable in this home is the large number of cats. I tend to have problems with cat owners in general, especially if their cats runs the neighborhood.-- David, OHA. It shouldn’t be unexpected to see a few live bed bugs after a treatment. How many are reasonable is debatable, but the point behind multiple treatments is th...

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01/05/2018

Q. Can a crack and crevice treatment be performed with a microencapsulated product in an office while people are working?-- George, CAA. The answer mostly depends on the product label. Product labels normally have restrictions against applications in occupied patient rooms or classrooms. They may have an additional restriction against applications when occupants are in the immediate area or room being treated. So you should choose a product that doesn’t have this additional restriction. However, I don’t recommend spraying a liquid product in front of office employees. If possible, bait...

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12/15/2017

Twice a year, Univar commissions Net Promoter Score (NPS) customer surveys that reach out to professionals nationwide for their feelings about their preferred distributor.We learn a lot from these studies, and this year was no different. Loud and clear, pest management professionals across the country said in 2016 that they expect insight into business growth from their distributors. Not just that they want it or appreciate the help. They expect it.To a company like ours that places tremendous value on not just serving customers, but guiding them, that’s a directive. And it’s a la...

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11/27/2017

At Univar, everyone’s a customer service representative in addition to their formal job title. But, we do have some people who devote themselves entirely to making our customers’ lives easier, and Joanna Harris-Goveia is one of them.As a Customer Service Manager, Joanna oversees representatives in eight Univar ProCenters in the northeast region. “I work with my Customer Service Reps to ensure our customers are getting the very best service in the industry, leading them to become a customer for life,” she says. Every great customer service professional has stories about going the extra ...

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11/16/2017

At Univar, we take pride in providing customers with the most current industry news and knowledge - within local communities and nationwide.Here's an overview of this fall's biggest trends as reported by Univar sales manager across the country.(click to enlarge)

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10/23/2017

Starting today, the industry’s two most respected training catalogs will be available through a single online platform: ProTraining by Univar. We have partnered with PCT to integrate their entire Label Training library directly into ProTraining on PestWeb, giving professionals unparalleled access to courses approved for CEUs in most of the United States and Canada. See the end of this article for the full list of everything that’s been added today. With two course libraries available on a single unified platform, technicians and managers can now review training history from U...

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09/18/2017

If there’s one word that seems to frame every element of Cris’ life, it’s drive.For starters, you’ll find her at the golf course, driver in hand, almost every weekend. Cris had toyed with the sport on and off for years, but started playing seriously around 2007. Since then she’s upped her game, lowered her handicap, and made her way to the Masters twice — as a spectator, at least. “It was awesome and was definitely on my bucket list,” she said of the tournament. Her enthusiasm about “the holy grail of all golf events” was palpable.During the other five days of the week, Cris gets her d...

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