It’s not anyone’s dream to be laid off. But, if you play the cards you were dealt just right, it can be a dream come true.
Years ago, John Parks was laid off from a job in which he was a regional manager that covered an area from Pennsylvania to Vermont. Pressed to find another job, he became a sales rep for a national pest control company.
His new job required that he travel Monday through Friday, which caused him to miss time with his family, so six years ago decided to make another change — he launched Parks Pest Control based in State College.
“It’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” Parks said. “I never would have started my own business if I hadn’t gotten laid off by another company.”
He also wouldn’t be talking about an industry he loves.
Bed bugs are so prevalent, because we’re such a transient society that people travel all over the place. Then, they go to hotels and bring them back to their homes. And it can be the other way, too. it’s really a combination of both. Especially State College with all of its hotels, apartments and homes.
That’s where we in the pest control industry come in as pest control providers. We have to get them before they get inside your house. I’m a big believer in taking care of the outside of a house or business, because nine times out of 10, if I take great care of the outside you’re not going to have problems on the inside.
We do exterior sprays, and we’re big on three-times-a-year sprays for residential customers. Our commercial customers do it mostly on a monthly basis for the interior in the winter and exterior the rest of the year.