Email from Friend; a Deltaville Resident, “Glen What Kind of Spider is this?”
Recently, I received an email from Donna, an old friend of mine who now resides in Deltaville, VA. She attached this photo and asked me what kind of spider this is; saying she had hundreds of these things all around her house. From her photo, you may not be able to see a lot of detail; however, the cap on this deck railing is a 2x4 which means this thing is about 2 inches in length. I can imagine Donna’s concern having hundreds of these two inch gnarly looking characters hanging around her house.
I’m a marketing guy; however in my 2+ years here at Loyal Termite and Pest Control, I have seen just about every spider, insect, or bug that are common inhabitants of our Central Virginia region. I had never seen one of these before. I figured Hunter would know, but he is still on temporary assignment in Florida. I figured Nick or Gena Lupini would know, our company’s President and Vice-President respectively, but they are in Arizona at the National Pest Management Association convention. (I’ll speak more about the NPMA convention in my next blog)
Virginia Pest Management Association (VPMA) – 2013 State Technical Conference
For those of you who are tuning into this blog expecting to hear from Hunter, our Loyal K-9 Termite and Bed bug Detective, we ask for your patience and understanding. Hunter remains on temporary work assignment in Florida until Nick and Gena Lupini, President and Vice-President respectively, of Loyal Termite and Pest Control, hire and train more staff. With the growing demand for our quality services; we are in need of 4 or 5 more top quality technicians. We are making progress, however; Nick and Gena insist on employing only people of equal character, work ethic and dedication to our customers needs as those technicians who have been working here for many years.
This is a difficult task that takes a lot of time and effort. Until the Lupini’s are completely satisfied with the new personnel hired and fully trained; will it then be time to bring Hunter back and put him on a full schedule sniffing out both Termites and Bed bugs. When he does get back, Hunter is going to be one busy hound dog. As you know, Hunter is not shy. He will be anxious to tell you all about what he is up to on a weekly basis and share his wealth of knowledge about the termite and the pest control business.
Temporary Assignment until Hunter’s Return - Glen’s Loyal Blog, “What’s Buggin’ You?”
It must seem a little strange to you Hunter "dog-blog" fans that he is not barking out his 74th weekly blog, "What's Buggin' You?" Well, if you followed us through Hunter's last blog that he wrote 2 weeks ago; and have tuned in to our monthly newsletter, The Loyal News, emailed out September 5th you know what is going on. For those of you who are not caught up, this blog, my first blog in a short series named, Glen's Loyal Blog, "What's Buggin You? will be educating and entertaining you until Hunter gets back from his temporary assignment in Sarasota Florida.
Briefly, this is what's going on. Hunter has completed his 9 week training class at the Florida K-9 Training Academy. He graduated with honors, Magna Bark Loudly, and is now a Certified Bedbug Detective, in addition to being a Certified Termite Detective.
Loyal Termite and Pest Control is going through a well planned and very calculated growth period. We have recently hired 1 new technician and are looking to hire 3, maybe 4 more. The hiring process is very tedious in that Nick and Gena Lupini, our company's President and Vice-President respectively, are looking for special people to fill these positions; people that are upstanding in character, dedicated to their work and the Loyal customers they serve, and are looking for a career providing quality pest control services for many years to come.
Hunter’s Florida Training Academy Update – Finally; All Training Complete and Ready for Life’s Next Phase
It's been a long time coming and no pup could be more excited than I am right now. My K-9 Bedbug Detective Training graduation is happening this Saturday and I am proud to say I reached my goal of graduating number #1 in my class. The honor of graduating "Magna Bark Loudly" in this class, as well as, in my prior K-9 Termite Detective Training class puts me in a unique position as the only graduate in the history of this Academy to hold this honor in two separate disciplines. I will again give the Commencement Speech during the graduating ceremony. This is a great honor.
If you remember in my prior blogs, I have been mentoring a brilliant young pup; Buster or Little "B" as I call him. He aspires to be the same type of team leader that I have been throughout my career. "B" has not left my side since we got here. In every category; classroom, field study, physical training and real time exercises, Little "B" has come in second only to me in every section. He will be a K-9 Bedbug Detective superstar in North Carolina and with my continued long distance tutoring; he will soon have his own weekly blog and monthly column in his company's newsletter. I'm proud of you Little "B".
Hunter’s Florida Training Academy Update – We Dogs Have an Amazingly Sensitive Sense of Smell
I am nearing the end of my Bedbug Detective training here in sunny, and muggy, Florida at the renowned Florida K-9 Training Academy. As usual, I appreciate you, my loyal "dog-blog" fans, for tuning in to my weekly blog, "What's Buggin' You" for an updated report on what's been happening here from week to week. It has been a tough journey but very rewarding. I have learned so much about bedbugs, their life cycle, their habits, and most importantly how to detect their presence in a residential dwelling, hotel, or anywhere the hungry little bloodsuckers may hide waiting for an opportunity for a human blood meal.
It will be my job, when I get back to Richmond and start back to work with my family business Loyal Termite and Pest Control, to go out on daily appointments with Daddy Nick, Mama Gena, or whomever may be my handler for that appointment, and be direct and very efficient and sniff out bedbugs in whatever stage of their life cycle they may be in. My job is to detect the problem, and then we at Loyal will treat it. The bottom line is to illuminate the misery a bedbug infestation can cause a family or a business owner.