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Arthropodcast is a weekly pest control podcast that promotes professionalism and industry expertise to business owners, pest control operators, sales reps, and inspectors.

There’s been some question about Wikipedia usage for the Best Exterminator on Earth 30 day SEO challenge.  I’m not saying you can’t use the site for backlinks, visibility, or whatever, I’m saying wikipedia pages will ignored in the Search Engine Results Page.


The reason for this wiki ban stems from last years"World's Coolest Exterminator" competition.


As you probably now Wikipedia is a site with tremendous authority, so it ranks well in Google for just about everything.


So, I wrote an article on the site explaining the origins and rules of the World’s coolest exterminator competition. That article was crawled by web spiders, indexed and given the top position of Google within 20 minutes of the time I hit publish! Within another 20 minutes, the moderators killed the article citing, "Contest was not of significance". The search results, however, continued to give the dead article the top position for several days. When you clicked on the link, it took you to a "Page Removed" notification.


When this happened, I knew the site could be abused to win the contest. Simply submit an article 20-30 minutes before the competition ended and have a top ranking position. Sure the moderators would take the new "Best Exterminator on Earth" article down, but it would probably be alive at the time of the deadline.

And for someone, including myself, to employ that type of strategy would take the skill out of the contest and reduce it to an matter of timing - there’s really no fun in that. So, I hope that clarifies things.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

This is a great way to let the customer know you really care about them. Thanks for the tip Northeastern Exterminating!

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 8:38pm CDT

True story.

Studies in 1948 and 1995 were conducted to determine the effect drugs would have on a spider's ability to spin webs when exposed to these said drugs.  Did I mention one of these studies was conducted by NASA?

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 10:13pm CDT

I was actually going to take a whole different direction for Episode 9, but decided to change things up the day of release.  Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 9:54pm CDT

On episode 8 of the Arthropodcast, I review a movie and talk about a recent mosquito experiment by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  If you have question, comments, suggestion, or would like to be featured on the Arthropodcast, send me a message on or shoot me a tweet on Twitter - @stevejacksonus.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 6:50pm CDT

In Episode 7 of Arthropodcast, Steve Jackson discusses age limitations, urban coyotes, and what smokers and bees have in common.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

In this episode. I discuss three freebies that have helped me in my career as a pest control professional.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 11:13am CDT

The pest control industry grew 3.5% in 2014, but it appears bed bug control is not the biggest contributing factor.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 2:21pm CDT

Vacuuming is a great cleanout method; but is there a better, less-expensive way?  We'll take a look at an interesting option and the pros and cons that come along with it.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 8:04pm CDT

Back in January of 2014, there was a bed bug study conducted by the University of Kentucky.

They took 10 strains of bed bugs from across the nation and exposed them to dry residues of Temprid SC and Transport GHP.

On my first read, I thought this study was a product face-off, which one is better.  I since then, have realized the researchers had something else in mind.

Their goal was to achieve an 80% mortality rate, they wanted some survivors. So they had to limit the time the bed bugs were exposed to the products. Reason being, they wanted to monitor the mortality rate of each strain's offspring.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 4:50pm CDT

Interview with Mickey Ferrell of HomePro Pest.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 6:43pm CDT

Bed Bug Guru James Molluso talks about bed bug treatments, the use of encasements, the city's rat population and the logistical challenges pest control companies encounter while servicing customers in the "Big Apple".

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 6:51pm CDT