Lawrenceville, N.J. — Ty Hawkins of Mantis Pest Solutions in Lees Summit, Missouri has always been told that prep is essential to bed bug treatments. As the BedBug Central scholarship winner, he’ll have a chance this winter, to learn a bed bug treatment protocol centered on contradicting this notion.
As the winner of Bed Bug University’s free scholarship contest, Hawkins, will receive an all-expense-paid, four-day trip to Lawrenceville, New Jersey to attend Bed Bug Boot Camp. There he’ll have a chance to join other attendees in both the classroom and the field to get an immersive lesson in BedBug Central’s NO PREP protocol.
“Prep is a big obstacle,” Hawkins said. “It’s a big challenge making sure the individual is prepped properly, and a lot of the time it delays service when they aren’t ready.”
But it isn’t just about making things run a bit more smoothly for Hawkins. He is also concerned about the burden that having to prep puts on his customers.
“It’s really a hassle for some customers,” he said. “They end up paying more to have someone else come in and do the prep because they can’t manage themselves.”
Michael Askew of Bug Tech traveled all the way from West Texas to attend Boot Camp in Lawrenceville in February of 2015.
“We needed a way to treat bed bugs, and we didn’t know how, so we went to Boot Camp,” Askew said. “We picked BedBug Central because we knew they were the highest authority in the land. We value being the best in service provider in the area and we wanted to be trained by the best.”
While some people might balk at the expense of attending and traveling to Boot Camp, Askew said, “It’s better to spend the money and learn to do it right.”
Bug Tech has done more than 500 bed bug treatments in 2016 alone, and Askew attributes those numbers to what he learned at Boot Camp.
“People hire us because they’re impressed with our knowledge,” he said. “The amount of money we spent to get there was basically paid for within our first 2 or 3 treatments.”
Terry Rice, one of the technicians who take Boot Camp attendees into the field for BedBug Central to learn about No Prep services, really enjoys teaching people what he does.
“My favorite thing about Boot Camp is seeing their faces when I show them new techniques that are simple but get the infestation under control quickly,” Rice said.
And when all the business is said and done, as Hawkins notes, “Bed bugs are the type of service, that when you do it well, you know you’re really helping people.”
Hawkins scholarship is valued at around $4,000. Hawkins plans to attend the February 2018 boot camp session for which BedBug Central is currently enrolling students in now.
Hawkins isn’t new to bed bug services, he’s been doing them for a long time, but attending Boot Camp will offer something new.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m always looking for an edge and to learn more.”