PCT keeps a pulse on the industry with timely Reader Poll questions. Below is the most recent question for pest management professionals at Have you ever had a customer ask you about the safety of the pesticides you apply?


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

Which best describes your company’s business outlook for 2017?

Source: PCT Reader Poll, December 2016

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podcast: Managing Online Reviews

PCT caught up with Garrett Thrasher, vice president of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, San Diego, Calif., to discuss the importance of managing online reviews. Thrasher was one of several PCOs interviewed for the November PCT feature “With Yelp, Everyone’s a Critic.” In the podcast, Thrasher shares how he and his company monitor reviews and how they respond. He also gives his perspective on the increasingly popular online review portal Yelp. Download the podcast from “online extras” on the PCT Online homepage or directly at

The PCT staff has been busy this past year reporting on pest control industry news. Here’s a look at the most downloaded news and audio/video files, as reported by Google Analytics.

Most Downloaded Articles

  • Aging Bed Bug Infestations: How Long Have They Been Here?
  • 2016 PCT Top 100 List
  • Great Wolf Lodge Fights Social Media Bed Bug Claims
  • An Open Letter From a Spider To All Humans Everywhere
  • Rentokil Initial Buys Residex for $30 Million
  • Study Proves Bed Bugs Can Induce Potentially Deadly Systemic Reactions in Humans
  • Think Like a Bed Bug
  • Terminix Releases List of Top 15 Bed Bug Cities
  • New Maps From NASA Predict the Spread of Zika in the U.S.
  • Bill Derwin Resigns as Terminix President

Most Downloaded Audio/Video Files

  • Video: Rat Uses Open Sewer Pipe to Gain Basement Entrance
  • Webinar: An IPM Approach to Mosquito Control
  • Video: Rat Escapes Neck Hit
  • Webinar: Mosquito Treatment Best Practices, WinField Solutions
  • Video: MGK’s CrossFire Bed Bug Concentrate
  • Podcast: Colony Pest’s Ed Sheehan on His Involvement in ‘Rats’ Documentary
  • Video: Why Leafcutter Ants Go Underground
  • Podcast: Why an Author Made a PCO the Subject of a New Murder-Mystery Novel
  • Video: Potential Impact of DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule Changes
  • Video: PCT Executive Forum Interview Series: Cleveland Dixon