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Shock as inspectors find traces of rats, mice and pigeons in food outlets – Leinster Leader


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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported that during the month of November, 21 Closure Orders, and 2 Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and veterinary inspectors in the local authorities. This is the highest number of Enforcement Orders in one month since the legislation was introduced in 1998.

Eleven Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

Ten Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

Two Prohibition Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

Commenting today, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI condemned the record number of food businesses issued with Enforcement Orders in one month, who have failed to ensure their premises operate to the highest food safety standards as we enter the busiest month of the year.

November had the highest amount of Enforcement Orders in the one calendar month which the FSAI has seen since the legislation was introduced in 1998. 23 Enforcement Orders over a one-month period is totally unacceptable. The presence of rodents and other pests presents a grave and immediate danger to consumers health and food businesses must put in place more robust pest control systems. Some of the reasons for Enforcement Orders in November demonstrate totally inadequate hygiene standards and these operators are damaging the reputation of the food industry as we enter one of the busiest months of the year. With the Christmas period already underway, food businesses must ensure they maintain high food safety standards and I hope in December we see a significant reduction in Enforcement Orders and improving food safety standards. The FSAI provides advice if food businesses are unsure what their legal obligations are at http://www.fsai.ie or the FSAI Advice Line, info@fsai.ie, Dr Byrne concluded.

Details of the food businesses served with Enforcement Orders are published on the FSAIs website at http://www.fsai.ie. Closure Orders and Improvement Orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with Prohibition Orders being listed for a period of one month.

Under the FSAI Act, 1998, a Closure Order is served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises; or where an Improvement Order is not complied with. Closure Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities.

An Improvement Order may be issued by the District Court if an Improvement Notice is not complied with within a defined period. Further non-compliance can result in a Closure Order also being served. An Improvement Notice is served when it is deemed that any activity involving the handling, preparation, etc. of food or the condition of a premises (or part thereof) is of such a nature that if it persists it will or is likely to pose a risk to public health. A Prohibition Order is issued if the activities (handling, processing, disposal, manufacturing, storage, distribution or selling food) involve or are likely to involve a serious risk to public health from a particular product, class, batch or item of food. The effect is to prohibit the sale of the product, either temporarily or permanently.

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How about making sure that the lights are working? Evening News readers react to a crackdown at temporary traffic lights – Edinburgh News


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Temporary traffic lights can be a cause of frustration. Picture: John Devlin

Hope cyclists are included. They hop on to the pavement past roadworks then back on to the road. Or cross at crossings on bikes then cycle away.

I recall a sheriff, many years ago, fining a cyclist who pushed his bike over a zebra crossing at the West End, ruling that a cyclist, even when pushing his bike, is still a cyclist and must abide by the rules of the road whilst on it.

Just here for the cyclist comments on an article about motorists. Sadly not disappointed . . .

There should be cameras at every set of traffic lights they would make a fortune.

How about making sure the lights are working? Many of them stay on red forever.

Edinburgh: the place that has temporarily traffic lights for years. There cant be many roads left without roadworks or diversions. Its really all part of the plan to have a congestion charge imposed. Wake up people.

If people in Edinburgh need practice at stopping at temporary traffic lights then come down to Prestonpans where theres been a temporary set for ninw months and no sign of them being removed.

Roadworks are becoming a joke in Edinburgh. There are temporary lights every time you turn a corner. The council are that well prepared and experienced that they make a dogs dinner of it every time. They are strategically placed to cause more traffic.

Edinburgh drivers who park on yellow lines or in public bays instead of paying for tickets could now be towed or clamped. Persistent offenders flouting parking rules could receive a stricter punishment.

Glad to hear this. Its about time motorists were dealt with.

Hope they take this to the Ingliston park and ride too. Parking is ridiculous there!

Tow them off the Greenways straight away. Theres no point ticketing a car that is blocking the road.

I worked as a Blue Meanie years ago 2000 and this was on the go then. Persistent offenders were a high priority impound you had to radio control urgently to get the tow truck up as it told you on your machine as you booked the car to get the tow truck down for it

Taxis park in bus lanes and at bus stops creating chaos but nobody takes action.

Good, but its too little too late.

In other news, an Edinburgh mother has told of her horror after she spotted mice in one of the Capitals busiest soft play areas Clambers at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Been a few times over the years and there was always kids eating in the soft play area. Staff do their best but mice will go where they can find food!

I must admit Ive not been for a few months but I used to go once a week with my kids and the staff are always out with a bucket of hot water and a cloth cleaning the soft play. I suppose its the price the building pays for being next to woods it has been freezing lately so they are looking for a warmer place to sleep but it has been super clean when we have attended.

They need to close this centre down until its safe. Children could get seriously ill.

They need to close it down until is is cleaned up.

Hopefully Edinburgh leisure sort this out ASAP. Anywhere with kids and food needs cleaned properly, daily.

Theres a plague of both mice and rats all over Edinburgh at the moment. They have always been with us and always will. Its pretty much impossible to get rid of them totally. All businesses can do is make sure they have a pest control contract in place with regular visits and keep on top of the cleaning, but they are everywhere.

The weather is getting colder and naturally animals seek warmth and a food supply its no different to what humans do actually.The problem is that their natural habitat is being destroyed by humans building everywhere and so they move into more unnatural environments.

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Mum’s five-year rodent nightmare – Kent Online


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A mother-of-five is considering leaving her home after being plagued by mice.

Evangeline Alexander moved into her Optivo rented home in Regis Crescent, Milton, near Sittingbourne, in 2015 and has been dealing with the rodents ever since.

She has reported the issue to her landlord but has been told it is her responsibility.

The 26-year-old said she is using between four and five bottles of bleach every other day to clean the property.

Miss Alexander, added: "I've lived in my property for five years in January and for the past five years I've had mice.

"I've called Optivo on numerous occasions to tell them about this problem.

"I have five children who are eight years old or younger.

"I've had the repair team out to fill the holes outside as that is all Optivo said it can do."

She has also blocked the holes around the house but the animals have managed to get into cupboards where food is kept.

As a result, she says she has had to throw away cutlery, plates and food, including Christmas shopping.

Pictures show mouse droppings on counter tops and work surfaces.

She added: "We haven't had anything for the last two to three weeks but now the weather is getting colder, I can hear them running across the floorboards.

"I even went out and bought a cat and he caught 11 in one night.

"I had a mouse in my bed and it ran down my back. All Optivo keeps telling me is it's down to me.

"Something's got to be done. I'm now feeling that I want to leave the property."

An Optivo spokesman said: "Were very sorry to hear of the distress caused to Miss Alexander and we would like to help her find a resolution to this problem as quickly as possible.

"Although Miss Alexanders tenancy agreement states its her responsibility to remove pests from her home, we are willing to provide any advice we can.

"Earlier this year, we sent our contractor to repair any damage caused by the mice. A pest control company also dealt with the issue inside.

"We were unaware the problem had returned and we will be in contact with Miss Alexander to discuss a way forward."

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Press Release: Experts Warns By Pest Encounters During This Thanks Giving Season with Fast Pest Control Australia – PRWire


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With thanks giving being right around the corner, millions of people have planned traveling this time of year. Perhaps like other people you have also packed all you bags or have double checked the reservations or perhaps are the kind of person who likes

With thanks giving being right around the corner, millions of people have planned traveling this time of year. Perhaps like other people you have also packed all you bags or have double checked the reservations or perhaps are the kind of person who likes to drive themselves. Things like these are what one focus on ahead of time to make sure to make your trip as flawless as possible. But with these millions of people traveling to homes and hotels, via various modes of transportation, no one would like the idea of taking bed bugs in your holiday celebrations.

With their ability to not only survive, but to thrive in any circumstances, bed bugs have become a potential public health nightmare that can show up almost anywhere. Based on a survey conducted by the Fast Pest Control, it showed that nearly 30 percent of the total Australian respondents said that they were affected by bedbug infestations.

In an interview with Mr Marks, the person who started Fast Pest Control with the assistance of his father in 2004, explained Bed Bugs are hitch hikers and can come into your home secretly from your flight, holiday travel, movie theaters, flight, cabs, and even clothes received from ironing.

These roguish pests can also affect the overall hygiene of once home. Instead of simply throwing out your bed sheets and mattresses; it is much better to ask for assistance from the expert pest control Brisbane exterminators to safeguard health of your family.

When asked about the main cause of bed bugs infestations he said The most apparent cause of bed bugs is the lack of awareness and ignorant among the peoples.

He further added The more one learn about bed bugs and the causes of bed bugs, the more they will be able to succeed in keeping them out of their home or business.

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To help vacationers avoid bringing home any bed bugs this thanksgiving season, the experts in Fast Pest Control shared some beg bugs prevention tips:

The first and foremost bed bug prevention tip is always make sure to always thoroughly inspect your entire hotel room for any sign of bed bugs, before unpacking your luggage.

Pay special attention to some most common bed bugs hiding areas including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.

It is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you have placed all you suitcases and belongings in a plastic bag throughout your stay as to prevent the bed bugs from invading there prior to your departure.

Look out for any telltale stains or spots either in the mattress or the sheets. If you find anything, than contact the manager to change the room immediately but make sure not to take one which will be adjacent or below or above to the infested room.

If you have some suspection that your clothes might have exposed to the bed bugs, than once you reach home, wash everything even those that have not been worn in hot water. For your suitcase, vacuum it properly than empty the bag before using it again.

As bed bugs are not a DIY pest, it better to contact an professional bed bugs exterminator to the address the infestation.

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Cold weather means mice enticed to warm homes – Middletown Press


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Cold weather means mice enticed to warm homes

Its the season of the mouse.

Skittering and scratching along the walls, nibbling at toast crumbs and apple peelings while we sleep or gathering an attic nut stash, our most common wildlife creature makes its mark now bits of black droppings in the cupboards, the hurried flash of gray and brown as it scoots across the kitchen floor.

Mice are our number one complaint right now, said Tom Dommermuth, owner of WESTCONN Pest Control in New Fairfield.

Mice, and flying squirrels, said Joel Ray, owner of Bats R Us Wildlife Removal Specialists in Bethel.

We cannot ever really get rid of them. Nor should we want to. They matter.

Outdoors, mice disperse seeds and nuts, eat things like gypsy moth larvae, and provide sustenance bite-sized and bit-by-bit to predators whether hawk, owl, fox, bobcat or coyotes.

They play a vital role in the environment, said urban wildlife expert Laura Simon.

Many live through the winter tunneling passageways under the snow. What we see as a placid white blanket is covering a little rodent subway system, where mice and their cousins, the voles, carry on until a fox pounces or an owl swoops down.

Which is why some mice opt for the indoors; its warm and hawk-free. Its staying alive.

Its one of the challenges of such small things, said Jenny Dickson, director of the wildlife division of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Dickson said that, in the wild, there are two species of nocturnal mice humans almost never see the woodland jumping mouse and the meadow jumping mouse. Both have long tails, and strong back legs to propel them through the world.

Youll never see them indoors, she said.

Which leaves white-footed mice our most common rodent species and deer mice. The two species are nearly identical and often get lumped together as field mice.

And there are also house mice. Theyre an Old World species that came over on whatever boat sailed from Europe from France, from the Netherlands, from England or Spain in the 17th century and landed on North American shores.

Just like the rest of us, said Simon.

She questions whether the house mouse, which has cohabited with humans for thousands of years, might have scurried over the Bering land bridge, following the original settlers on this place.

People are quick to say non-native when its something they dont like, Simon said.

The DEEPs Dickson said that most of the mice we see are white-footed mice.

In rural and suburban homes, absolutely, she said. Theyre a native species thats successful in a lot of habitats in the state.

They are little brown mice with white bellies and white feet. House mice, in comparison, are uniformly dusty gray-brown all over.

Field mice, deer mice, house mice, youll find them all, Dommermuth of WESTCONN Pest Control said.

People dont want mice in their homes for obvious reasons.

Theyre unsanitary. They leave droppings. They can tear up insulation to make nests and chew on electrical wires. If they die inside a wall, they stink as they decay. And because female mice can have a new litter every 60 days or so, they can have lots of babies.

There is also musophobia the absolute, deep-seated dread of mice that can leave some people in a true panic when they see one.

Its like snakes, Simon said.

The reason may have to do with basic mouse-iness.

Theyre quick and they have naked tails, Simon said. If they moved slower and had fluffy tails, people would think theyre cute.

To combat mice infestations, people should start looking in the fall for any small entryway that, when it turns cold, mice can squeeze through. Because they are good climbers, that can mean looking at roof lines as well as the ground.

It can be where pipes enter the house, Simon said.

Once you have mice, the best method of getting rid of them are snap traps whether old-fashioned or the better mousetraps now available.

People shouldnt poison them, because if they mouse eats poison and them goes outside to die, theres a chance a predator will get a dose of poison as well.

Its a real problem, said Ray of Bats R Us.

Nor should they use glue traps, which hold mice in place until they die slowly of starvation.

Of all the inhumane ways to kill a mouse, snap traps are the most humane, Simon said.

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Mice infestation forces young mum and toddler out of home in Foleshill – Coventry Telegraph


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A young mum and her toddler daughter have been forced to leave their home after it was overrun by mice in a historic Foleshill building used for social housing.

Billielouise Race, 23, and her 17-month-old daughter Alyssa are camped out with a neighbour after the rodents ran amok in their home.

Billielouise says her daughter has been admitted to hospital 14 times with chest problems since they moved into the property in Cashs Lane in January.

Midland Heart is inspecting homes and has pledged to "take all necessary actions" to end the problems.

She claims the home is affected by mould, damp and an overpowering smell of mouse faeces and the rodents are scuttling around the entire Grade II-listed terraced building, where Midland Heart tenants in neighbouring homes have also reported infestations.

The final straw came when the pests got into the boiler system, causing a safety risk and forcing Billielouise and her daughter to move in with a neighbour who has also suffered similar problems.

Billielouise said: I thought it was maybe just one at first, but then I started finding droppings every evening and each time there seemed to be more than the night before. One day I opened a chest of drawers with my daughters clothes in and they were all in there, the clothes were ruined.

They were even running along the worktops in the kitchen, I could see them running across trying to find food. Every time I cleaned it there seemed to be more mice droppings the next day.

I used humane traps but nothing made a difference. Then when they got in the boiler we had to move out. Its not just us, lots of people in the building have said they have had mice.

The single mother, who has mild asthma, says her condition is usually under control but has worsened since she moved in, and her daughter has been taken to hospital with chest problems.

Although Midland Heart have sent out a surveyor and a gas engineer, Billielouise and her mother, Alison Chester, feel the housing association is doing nothing to help them, and the problem is particularly bad in her flat because gaps and cavities need to filled.

Billielouise said: I want to be rehoused but I dont want this to happen to another family. Whats to say they wont put another family in with a newborn baby? I want Midland Heart to fix the problem and the only way to do that is to temporarily rehouse everyone while they do it.

"It is a listed building but they need to look at the walls and fixtures and fix the problem.

Billielouises mum, Alison Chester, has also raised the issue with Midland Heart but feels that visits by engineers and a surveyor have not addressed the problem, which she says affects dozens of neighbours.

Alison, 44, a full-time carer, said: The mice are in the walls, cavities, the boiler, everywhere. My granddaughter is poorly with chest problems and my daughter is a vulnerable young woman who is sofa-surfing, its an awful situation.

"What kind of Christmas are they going to have? We keep complaining but they just keep fobbing her off, nothing is happening quickly enough.

Billielouise says the mice have even gnawed Christmas presents she had placed in a drawer and her tree is bare while she and Alyssa stay with a neighbour.

The terrace of two-storey homes was originally built in Victorian times for workers at Cashs Model Factory and were later converted into a large factory before becoming social and affordable homes.

Nicole Ryrie has also suffered from the mice infestation which has included finding dead rodents around the home she shares with her five-year-old daughter.

Nicole, 26, is currently putting up Billielouise and her daughter Alyssa, but her home has also been infested.

Nicole said: At first I phoned Midland Heart and they called out a pest control team from the council to fix the problem, I paid 46 and stayed at my mums for a week.

"Then three weeks later there was a strong scent and I found three dead mice in my wardrobe. There were mouse droppings in my jumpers. It took me a week to clean every single item of clothing.

Then there was a really bad scent and there was another in an electricity cupboard and two more after that. Weve bought a new tree because the old one is in the loft where it stinks and you can hear the mice scattering when you go up there. We can fill the gaps and put traps down but how long will that last?

Ignatius Asiedu has solid proof of the mice infestation after catching one of the pests in a trap.

Ignatius, who lives with his wife and their children aged three, seven and 10, lives a few doors away from Billielouise and her daughter.

The family have watched the mice avoid the danger and take the bait from traps, and even found the pests have gnawed wood fittings.

Ignatius, 40, said: They have eaten away at one of my trainers and my pyjama top. We have got a baby so it is not good. We have complained but nothing has been done about it. They treat it as an individual case even when you say that neighbours are having problems. We need to get together and sign a petition.

Midland Heart is looking into the rodent infestations and gas contractors visited Billielouise's home this week to try and rectify the problems.

Gary Hardy, Director of Housing for Midland Heart, said: Weve received three reports of mouse activity in these flats over the past two months. These were each dealt with individually and there was not at the time evidence to suggest a wider problem.

On receiving reports that other tenants may be affected, we went to the scheme on Friday afternoon with a pest control expert to assess the extent of the problem.

"While some tenants told us they have not seen any mice, others said they have, so our pest control contractor has set out bait boxes as a precaution. Well visit each home individually over the next few days to inspect for mice and will take all necessary actions if any are discovered.

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Sydney seniors fed up with apartment building told odour, rodent issues to be fixed – CBC.ca


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A group of seniors in Sydney, N.S.,hasbeen promised that issues with odours and rodents in their government-run apartment building will be addressed in the next few weeks.

The building at 22 Tillock Dr. is managed by the Cape Breton IslandHousing Authority.

In September, a group of 20 residents complained about rodents and strong smells from old carpets.Several said mice were showing up in their beds and even their toasters.

Staff met with them on a couple of occasions. Last Friday, they met with Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA Derek Mombourquette.

Resident Joe Dithurbide said they told their MLA the problems are continuing.

"The smell's been very bad, it's just a stinky smell," said Dithurbide.

As for the mice, he said they made their presence known as recently as a week ago.

"My TV shut down completely," said Dithurbide."I called people, they were good enough to come in, they went out in the hallway and mice ate my wire, the TV wire, so the mice are still here."

The residents said they arealso concerned about a first-floor emergency exit door that's been blocked by snow at times.

Mombourquette said a tender has already gone out for the carpet replacement andhe expects the work will begin in early January.

He said a pest control company has also been called inand the emergency exit will be checked.

"There was a list that I took from the meeting, so any request that comes through, we ensure that it gets to housing," said Mombourquette.

In an email to CBCNews, Housing Nova Scotia, which oversees the provincial housing authorities, saidstaff have met with each tenant individually to discuss their concerns.

Dithurbide said although he appreciates the promise of help, he's not yet counting on anything.

"I'll believe it when I see it," hesaid.

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Billy The Exterminator: Snakes on a Boat (Season 7 …


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Rodents in the attic: Beware of winter fire dangers – The Mountaineer


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Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicate that 30 percent of home fires and 38 percent of home fire fatalities occur during the months of December, January and February.

Exterminators say small animals can get into attics and chew on wires, which can start a fire.

Mark Shetterly of Critter Control said 80 percent of homes have an animal issue where they cause damage in the attic. He said it's estimated that of those homes, 40-50 percent has wires that have been chewed on by animals.

Shetterly said while that doesn't always lead to a fire, it does happen.

"There are a lot of factors," Shetterly said. "But we've seen squirrels get electrocuted in the attic. A lot of it depends on if the wire is over a metal conduit or not."

Shetterly said industry experts believe when a fire is caused by an unknown origin that there's a 50-50 chance it was started by wildlife.

Shetterly suggested homeowners get an inspection from an exterminator. He said if the company notices signs of wildlife gnawing on wires it will remove the insulation, repair the wire and replace the insulation with cellulose insulation, which he said takes much longer to smolder than typical insulation.

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From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career With Robiar Robi Smith of RB Pest Solutions – Thrive Global


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As a part of our series about entrepreneurs who transformed something they did for fun into a full-time career, I had the pleasure of interviewing Robiar Robi Smith. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Robi Smith, was driven from a very young age. Growing up the importance of education and an upstanding work ethic was woven into her. Robis interest in pest control was first sparked as a child where she would tag along with her father. It was her fathers dreams that R.B. Pest Solutions came to fruition. After going on to earn two masters degrees and finding success as both a college professor and IT professional, Robi left her career behind and set out to carry on her fathers legacy as CEO of R.B. Pest Solutions. In her spare time, Robi serves as a mentor through her non-profit organization, J.U.S.T. (Just Us Sisters Talking). You will also find her hard at work striving to create economic development opportunities for both her family and community.

Thank you so much for joining us Robi. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?

I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. My Dad has been an exterminator all of my life. He would wake up and start his route and I would accompany him on roach and rodent jobs. I thought it was the funniest job ever and I got a chance to hang out with my superhero, my Dad. I would hold his bag and pass him his tools while working. At the time, he encouraged me to attend school and obtain my education. I took his advice and obtained three degrees; B.S in Psychology as well as my MBA and a Masters in Technology all while taking the pest control examine over and over until I passed in 2016.

What was the catalyst from transforming your hobby or something you love into a business? Can you share the story of your ah ha moment with us?

In 2016, while standing in front of my Business and Entrepreneurship class that I taught every Tuesday, I was lecturing the importance of businesses identifying their target market and branding. Something dawned on me, as if I was having an out of body experience; I felt like I was lecturing myself. I realized in that moment, I needed to take my own advice and bet on myself and start my own company in pest control.

There are no shortage of good ideas out there, but people seem to struggle in taking a good idea and translating it into an actual business. How did you overcome this challenge?

I realized all I needed to do was put one front in front of the other and the universe will match my efforts. Theres not a formula for success and I will make mistakes but I get a chance to do what I love and pay homage to my Dad while doing it, this to me is what success looks like.

What advice would you give someone who has a hobby or pastime that they absolutely love but is reluctant to do it for a living?

Bet and believe in yourself. You got this! Doing what you love is such a gift, now share it with the world!

Its said that the quickest way to take the fun out of doing something is to do it for a living. How do you keep from changing something you love into something you dread? How do you keep it fresh and enjoyable?

I make sure I still interact with my clients and show up to pest control appointments when needed. Yes, I have a team thats amazing but I still make sure to keep in touch with the people in the community and get rid of their unwanted guests for good.

What is it that you enjoy most about running your own business? What are the downsides of running your own business? Can you share what you did to overcome these drawbacks?

I love being part of the solution! Customers are unhappy when calling us to handle their pest issues. I enjoy making clients happy when we show up and get rid of their pest problems. Theres a downside when trying to get rid of pest and we recommend multiple visits to achieve results. This can be frustrating to our clients because they want the pest gone immediately and we cant always guarantee immediate results. We overcome this scenario by communicating with our clients every step of the way and making sure they understand were a phone call away! We dont rest until we get rid of their pests.

Can you share what was the most striking difference between your actual job and how you thought the job would be?

Exterminating properties for rodents, roaches and bedbugs isnt the most glamorous job in the world. I cant just show up to someones property to remove a rodent in a pencil skirt but Ive gotten pretty creative with my dress attire in this industry. When Im scheduled for inspections, Ill wear business attire and during the actual treatment, Ill wear my technician gear. I get the best of both worlds!

Has there ever been a moment when you thought to yourself I cant take it anymore, Im going to get a real job? If so how did you overcome it?

All the time! When I run into a heavy infested unit, I always say to myself, Im a long ways away from troubleshooting IT issues and teaching undergraduate courses.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Trying to remove a bee hive from a homeowners backyard.! Ill never forget it! Lets just say, after walking up to the hive, I learned very quickly, I cant just run up on a beehive with regular pest control gear. I MUST ALWAYS wear a bee suit, Respect the Queen PLEASE!

Who has inspired or continues to inspire you to be a great leader? Why?

My Mom and Dad, I love them so much. Ive exceeded their expectations of not only of myself but also the pest control industry. My mom was pregnant with me when my Dad started his extermination career. Never in a million years did my parents think their daughter would own her own company one day.

How have you used your success to make the world a better place?

Making sure I change the face of pest control one pest at a time. Teaching girls and women that you can go from white collar fields running corporate structures to blue collar industries, where the majority is men and still succeed. Dont let anyone box you in!

What are your 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started and why? (Please share a story or example for each.)

What person wouldnt want to work doing something they absolutely love. You are an incredible inspiration to a great many people. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

Random acts of kindness goes a long way. Sometimes, Ill be in grocery store in line and Ill pay for someone groceries or their cup of coffee. This is an instant energy booster and makes you feel so good you did something for someone else JUST BECAUSE.

Can you please give us your favorite Life Lesson Quote? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Just Breathe. This has helped me soooo many times. Whether Im happy, sad, confused, nervous or anxious about anything, I take a deep breathe, take a reset and keep going! Its the simple things that help.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them.

GaryVee, Janice Bryant, Bill Gates and of course.. OPRAH!

Thank you for these fantastic insights. We greatly appreciate the time you spent on this.

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From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career With Robiar Robi Smith of RB Pest Solutions - Thrive Global


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