Robert's Rants
Robert's Rants
A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests
Robert's Rants

Robert Percy is the Director of Operations for Gardex Chemicals, and has been with the company for 19 years, and a bona fide resident of Canada since 2002. Prior to that Robert worked 17 years with ICI/Zeneca, now formerly known as Syngenta. Robert had numerous roles in the company, including Senior Marketing Manager for the Stauffer acquired multi-crop herbicides, then the soybean and cotton herbicides Fusilade, Reflex and Fusion. His last assignment was with the non-Ag Group, Zeneca Professional Products, with responsibility for marketing and strategy for the US and Canada.

Robert hails from the great state of Kansas, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture. He's attended many post grad courses, through Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Southwestern, and Wharton School of Business to name a few.

All opinions are his own and do not reflect the policies of Gardex Chemicals Ltd.

So Back on the Bike!

Here’s the oddity of the whole argument of car versus bicycle: when you’re on a bike you hate all cars, and when you’re driving a car you hate all bikes. Simple… But I use the word “hate” here to freely.  It’s not really a love-hate thing.  It’s a human thing.  Like get out of my […]

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So Trump has stuck his…finger…into your business

A quick aside from the Bicycle Thief story. (no – it hasn’t been stolen) With the NAFTA agreement on hold until November, the Tariff wars will be on-going for several months like a ping pong tournament played blind folded. I’m certain there will be goods and raw materials added as we go. They do aluminum, […]

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Those Damn Bicycle Riders – and I joined ’em

Most of you put on a lot of miles servicing routes, commuting, going to the cottage.  Unless as a technician you are lucky enough to have one huge building and an elevator as your vehicle. And each of you driving probably have a daily occurrence where you give a bike rider the one-finger salute. You […]

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IPM – cheaper than you think

IPM IPM IPM. Do we really practice it much in Canada?  Not really. Should we?   Certainly. Do we hafta???   Once the insecticides are banned I guess so. Reason this train wreck of thought came up is I was reviewing our products and sales for the year, and one product sticks out like a sore thumb: […]

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How to beat the choppers and slashers

Howdy there price shoppers… Shopping for prices, the occasional Special, buy one get one…all parts of what is known as your Pricing Strategy.  These may be temporary or a buying incentive.  That happens in nearly most industries, based on many different factors. In some Industries the Specials/Discounts become  regular price strategy.  Take the grocery business […]

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A HEADS UP….Marijuana and Greenhouse treatments

I have had hundreds, well 6 so far, of Pest Control dudes asking about this marijuana business and if there is an opportunity there for pest control. Maybe. BUT if you live in Ontario, where the seem to be Production Facilities popping up everywhere, and they’re all stoned in the liberal party, you need to […]

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Another Stupendous and Novel Idea

So who trains the trainer? Or better put, who inspects the inspector? I never thought about it before, but some one must surely train the inspectors.  All about structural pest control perhaps? Maybe even some OTJ, hands on, kill some bugs type of training, Sooo…suspecting that training may not exist to the levels I would […]

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Pest Control 101 A quick lesson for those regulating the Industry

I’m going to skip with the lesson and go straight to the quiz. Multiple choice, so even our friends in Ottawa (sorry I forgot I don’t have friends there) can pass it. And only 2 questions! Question 1.) You have been asked to do a preventative treatment of a home backing on to the Rouge […]

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Mighty Mites!!!

Here I come to save the day! Mighty Mouse is on the way! Remember Mighty Mouse?  You might if you were born in the 40’s or 50’s.  That was one cool comic character, would kick the butt of those Paw Patrol wimps I tell you. Any…kinda digressed. Back to mites. Rat mites, bat mites, bird […]

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Is there hope for mankind?

Well right now it’s around 2:00 on a Friday, working through my nap to keep my New Year friggin resolution. Anyhow The way I normally like to drive to work requires a cut-left a block before the light, casual drive through a neighborhood, right/left back onto the main road without the hassle at the light […]

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