PCT keeps a pulse on the industry with timely Reader Poll questions. Below is the most recent question for pest management professionals at

What are your thoughts on the use of drones for pest control?


Here’s a look at results from a recent Reader Poll:

What is your confidence level in the accuracy of bed bug-detecting canines?

Source: PCT Reader Poll, February 2016


Included in this month’s issue is the nomination form for the 2016 PCT/BASF Technician of the Year Awards. Visit “online extras” on the PCT Online homepage for a link to the online nomination form.

VIDEO: NPMA Legislative Day Coverage

PCT recently returned from NPMA Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. In addition to providing news reports and photos for an online slideshow, PCT captured several video interviews. PCT interviewed NPMA’s Andrew Bray — who along with PCOs Billy Tesh, Dennis Jenkins and Chuck Tindol — discussed how the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rules could impact the pest control industry. PCT also caught up with Marty Overline, president of Aardvark Pest Management, Philadelphia, who was recognized as the first-ever Veteran of the Year. Overline was the driving force behind the establishment of NPMA’s Pest Vets Committee.

PODCAST: When Green is Good for Pest Control

Jay Bruesch, technical director, Plunkett’s Pest Control, Fridley, Minn., was one of several industry professionals PCT interviewed for the recent “State of the Naturals Market” report, sponsored by Zoëcon. Visit “online extras” on the PCT Online homepage for a podcast in which Bruesch gives his perspective on when ‘going green’ is the right approach for pest control.

Label Training for the Next-Generation PMP

PCT continues to receive great feedback from users who have taken online label training courses from the PCT Distance Learning Center, If you haven’t already done so, visit the site today, log in, and get started. The label training modules are the centerpieces of PCT’s Distance Learning Center — a FREE service for the professional pest control market provided by PCT. Created by Board Certified Entomologist and consultant Stoy Hedges, the courses use photographs, video clips and reference materials to challenge users’ knowledge, experience and problem-solving skills for a wide range of products and pest problems. Visit to get started.