Spotlight on Fly Control

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spotlight on fly control

Flies are disgusting! They carry dozens of diseases, lay eggs everywhere, and they’re annoying. Nobody likes it when they are buzzing about — especially customers. Let’s shine a spotlight on fly control and look at ways to get rid of this pest.

Flies require specific conditions to create an infestation. You can stop the infestation cycle by reducing or eliminating these sources:

  • Light Source — a place to gather and meet up with other insects
  • Warmth — a place to be able to live longer
  • Food Source — a place to eat and drink
  • Reproduce — a way to bring on new insects

In food and drinking establishments, fruit flies may come already inside produce containers. Once they enter a facility they go directly to sink drains where there is a food source attached to the insides. Houseflies come through entry doors and drive-thru windows. They immediately head towards a light source such as exterior windows and light fixtures.

The last thing you want for your customer is to eat with one hand while shooing away flies with the other. It’s time to take action before you lose customers.

Fruit flies and houseflies present in commercial kitchens visit trash containers. Then they land on food prep surfaces, cooking utensils, and dishware. Contamination is then transferred to those preparing and eating the food. Customers and employees appreciate a fly-free area.

A business loses customers when they perceive they are getting sub-standard service. Fly infestation immediately adds to this negative perception. On average, a dissatisfied customer will tell a negative experience to ten other people. Each time they tell their story it gets embellished a little more. By the time the tenth person hears the story, it can have morphed into an extreme exaggeration. The great news is customers will return if the business takes care of their fly problem.

Aire-Master can help you develop a fly control service for your business. Let us help create a no-fly zone quickly and cost-effectively. Contact your local Aire-Master representative and get ready for the upcoming fly season.

fly control products

Aire-Master Fly Control Solutions

Insect Inn Ultra

Install this decorative wall-mounted unit on the “fly highway” where flies travel. Contains a UV light to draw flies and other insects into the trap. Covers an effective trapping area of 4,000 square feet. Trapping surface includes food attractants and mating patterns of flies. Once insects land on trap they are stuck and never leave. Advancing trap surface keeps insects in an enclosed compartment. There are no flying wings, legs or antennae lying about. Safe for use around people, pets, and food prep and eating areas.

Fruit Fly Patrol

Install this decorative wall-mounted or stand-alone insect unit near sink drains where fruit flies and gnats feed. The small size is excellent for placing on counters or near floor drains at the close of business each day. Covers an effective trapping area of 1,000 square feet. Trapping surface includes food attractants and mating patterns of flies. Insects land on trap and get stuck. Advancing trap surface keeps insects enclosed and out of the way. There are no bug parts left around to be seen. Safely use around people, pets, food prep and eating areas.

Metered Aerosol System

This system has an auto-default mode that sprays every 15 minutes; 24-hours a day. Kills flies, mosquitos, and other flying insects. EPA registered and authorized for use under USDA inspection and grading programs. Leaves no lingering insecticide odor.

Green Drain Trap

Install this waterless trap in floor drains to prevent drain odors and pest infiltration. Crawling insects such as cockroaches are unable to enter or leave drain once drain trap in installed. There are no pesticides needed. The Green Drain is Universal-Plumbing-Code Certified. It does not impair plumbing maintenance and it also provides sewage backflow protection. Safe for use around people, pets, food areas.

Blue Lagoon

This super concentrated product contains citronella oil, which is a natural insect repellant. Simply spray problem areas to help repel flies and crawling insects. Use around doors and windows, trash and dumpster areas, and outdoor patios. Safe for use around people, pets, and food preparation and eating areas.

2017 Franchise Listings and Rankings

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2017 franchise listings

Many of the 2017 franchise listings and rankings have come out, and Aire-Master is once again included on several of these compilations.

We have to thank our awesome franchisees for their hard work and support!

New Franchisees, Marty and Michelle Lax

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Marty and Michelle Lax began their franchise, AM of Central Alabama, in January 2017. Their sales territory includes the Alabama counties of Jefferson and Shelby, with Birmingham as the major city.

Marty has a lot of sales experience and has worked the past 12 years as the National Sales Manager for an advertising company. Marty shares that the advertising industry is tough because once you sell advertising to a customer, they may not purchase more for quite some time. You have to go out and find another customer.

Marty researched the internet, magazines, and anywhere that franchise opportunities were listed. He has previously owned businesses and wanted a franchise system that could help him succeed — where he was not alone in business.

Marty was particularly drawn to Aire-Master’s repeat business model. He and Michelle traveled to visit a competitor but were not impressed with their operation. They also visited Aire-Master corporate offices and were very comfortable with the management staff, who answered the questions they needed to make a decision for their future.

Michelle works as a procurement agent for a large company and deals with many vendors every year. She also saw the potential that the Aire-Master franchise system offers their family. They loved the products and services and the great sales potential that the Birmingham, Alabama, area offers.

We are excited to have new service representatives in Alabama, and we welcome Marty and Michelle to the Aire-Master family! Marty completed the online and inhouse Aire-Master training programs, and is available for service now. To ask about service in the Central Alabama area, email: alabama@airemaster.com.

New Franchise in Denton, Texas

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Peter Berk began his franchise, Aire-Master of Denton County, in December 2016, in the Denton, Texas area. The service territory includes the Texas counties of Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Montague, and Wise. Peter transferred his territory from long-time franchise Warren Ott (Northeast Texas).

Peter worked as a Certified Public Accountant for years and then moved into the financial mortgage industry. He brings a lot of personal relationship skills and sales experience to his franchise. Peter has completed his in-house and onsite training programs. He is now operating his Aire-Master business full-time.

Peter had researched our competitors, and was more impressed with Aire-Master —and the expanded and diverse service offerings. He met with Gama Dominguez (Collin County), Guillermo Ramirez & Kathia Rosario (Dallas County). They were extremely helpful in answering questions and showing him the sales potential in his franchise territory of 934,000 population.

To inquire about service in the Denton, Texas area, email: denton@airemaster.com.

Employee Engagement: 3 Things Managers Should Know

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employee engagement

The term employee engagement refers to the degree to which employees are “fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work.” An engaged employee is more likely to embrace and promote the goals of the organization, speak positively about it, and recommend the company to prospective employees and customers.

There is no shortage of articles, books, and other resources dedicated to employee engagement; one can read about it endlessly. Three key points stand out for managers to consider when thinking about the subject.

1. Employees Don’t Think About Engagement

Employee Engagement is a buzzword loved by HR directors, management consultants, and business writers. It is mostly meaningless to actual employees. You’ll never hear a worker say, “I feel highly engaged at this company,” or, “I wish my supervisor would do more to engage me.”

As best selling author Rodd Wagner writes, “Enthusiastic workers talk about jobs and managers in much the same terms they always have. ‘I have a wonderful boss.’ ‘We have a great team.’ ‘I work for a cool company.’ ‘I’m really happy working there.’”

2. Emotions Drive Decisions

A recent Dale Carnegie study makes the point that, “Humans like to say they make rational decisions, but in reality they are driven by emotions.” Employees want to feel valued and they want to like the people they work for.

The supervisor makes a huge difference in how an employee feels about their job—good or bad. “It is the immediate supervisor who is the chief emotional driver in the workplace; reactions to him or her explain 84% of how employees feel about their organization.”

3. Communication is Crucial

Supervisors should be generous with positive reinforcement. Be quick to praise an employee or team for a job well done. “A simple call or message saying ‘good job’ will do. If the accomplishment is huge, you can invite your team to an impromptu celebratory lunch or dinner.”

Managers need to give continual feedback to employees. Don’t wait for an annual performance review. Employees don’t stick around for years and years as they did in the past. “This is only one reason why more frequent employee reviews and feedback are necessary” to keep employees engaged. Expect more of this now that Millennials make up the largest segment of the workforce.

Whether they call it employee engagement or some other phrase, good managers want dedicated employees who feel good about their jobs. It is important for managers and employees treating each other with respect — that will never change.

Be the Best for Your Customers

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Be the best

We should all work harder — and work smarter — at striving to be the best at what we do. After all, our customers deserve the best, don’t they? A surefire way to create value is to provide the best service available. Another way is to communicate clearly and honestly, using the most suitable tools. Be the best at telling your story.

Best the Best, Not a Commodity

“Tom [Peters’] Credo: ‘Commodity’ is a state of mind — a loser’s state of mind. A-n-y-t-h-i-n-g can be significantly (dramatically?) differentiated.”
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Which Social Media Platforms Should Your Small Businesses Be Using?

“Social media marketing for small businesses can be a tricky game. It’s difficult to know how to allocate resources to have maximum effect when there are so many different platforms, with best practices for each.”
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Seven Body Language Mistakes You Won’t Want to Make In Your Next Interview

“This graphic outlines seven different body language mistakes you won’t want to make, and how to avoid them.” Useful not just for interviews, these tips are good for sales presentations, customer service, meetings, and other interactions.
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4 Follow-up Emails That’ll Backfire on You Real Fast

You get tired of waiting for someone to respond to an email, so you send a tactful follow up. “Yes, your goal of being diplomatic is coming from the right place. But if it causes you to make up fake excuses, you’re going to look worse than if you were just honest.”
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How to Make a Sign

Seth Godin shares a good example of how to communicate clearly. It is worth taking the time to ask the kinds of questions he lists when making signs, writing memos, sending emails, even posting on social media.
http://bit.ly/2jOZdk7

Six Items That Should Never Be On Your To-Do List

“Writing a to-do list seems like a tidy little way to keep track of what you need to accomplish, but it can fall short or even derail your success… The content of your list is key to its usefulness. Here are six items that you should remove or never put on a to-do list.”
http://bit.ly/2kHSCsN

Quote of the Day

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” — Tim Ferriss

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