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Philosophy of Business

By |2018-08-09T13:39:00+00:00November 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|

I was watching a business show last night. A CEO was on claiming that he offered all people working for him $5,000 to leave his employment!! He explained that the people that don’t leave are dedicated and see the vision he had for his company and are willing to work to achieve success. This is

Panic Button

By |2018-08-09T13:36:55+00:00October 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|

February is a traditionally slow time in the termite business. Tradition doesn’t stop me from panicking about the bottom line, though. A few years ago while in this panic mode, I was calling all my past contacts, hoping for some scraps. My guys have families to feed! By chance a contractor I worked with in

Subterfuge

By |2018-08-09T13:37:18+00:00October 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Sitting here at my desk, I’m looking at my pencil holder. In it is an old promotional item from years ago. It is a mechanical pencil imprinted on the barrel with the word VICANE. It’s the fumigant used in most termite fumigations these days. On the eraser end is a hollow clear plastic cap filled

I’ve got termites!!

By |2018-08-09T13:37:26+00:00September 29th, 2014|Uncategorized|

I’ve got termites! Music to a termite operator’s ears, but not to the home owner. Most home owners instantly fix their fate to a fumigation. The first thing to do is schedule an appointment with a reputable termite company (BPC, of course!) to determine the presence and type of termite. They may not be the

I’ve Seen It All

By |2018-08-09T13:37:34+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|

I’ve seen it all People occasionally during an inspection apologize for the crowded condition of their garage. My standard reply is – “I’ve been doing this for twenty years and you can’t surprise me, I’ve seen it all. Except for maybe a dead body!” Well, this is the rest of the story… I came up

How to Prevent Termites

By |2018-08-09T13:37:42+00:00September 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Occasionally I’m asked how to prevent termite infestation on a residence. The short answer is its difficult; the better answer is that regular inspection is the best. Let’s explore the short answer. Preventing entry of termites would include sealing every piece of wood on the structure on all six sides. Unfortunately all six sides are

The White Hat

By |2018-08-09T13:37:50+00:00September 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|

I’ve been inspecting homes for termites and fungus for twenty one years. Time flies when you are having fun. You know, if you pay attention you can learn something every day or at the least wear the white hat (be the good guy). Example: I was called out to Simi Valley for a second opinion

Intro

By |2018-08-09T13:37:55+00:00August 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Vicki, Patrice and I started BPC in the early nineties. Equal partners. We probably qualify as a minority owned company. This blog will be a running rant of personal insights, philosophical thoughts, and lessons learned during this great relationship.

What Does $19.95 Buy These Days?

By |2018-08-09T13:34:58+00:00August 12th, 2014|Uncategorized|

$19.95… Less than 70 cents a day can buy you termite protection, for most homes, for the year. After BPC has completed the inspection and initial treatment for your home you are eligible for this annual Control Service Agreement (CSA) for the coming years. This is what you get. Once a year, WE call you