PCT keeps a pulse on the industry with timely Reader Poll questions. Here is the most recent question for pest management professionals. About how often does your business host educational/training sessions promoting good driving practices for its technicians?


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

Which best describes your customer demographic breakdown?

Source: PCT Reader Poll, August 2017


Included in PCT’s News department this month is a story about the publication of “God & the World of Insects,” a new book from Gary Braness and Josh Shoemaker. See what colleagues of these longtime industry professionals have to say about the new book.

PCT Launches 16th Annual Photo Contest

PCT announces the call for entries for our 16th annual Best Pest Photo Contest. The contest is your chance to be recognized alongside your peers for having taken one of the best photographs in the pest control industry. Photos will be judged on the three Cs: color, clarity and content. The winning photographer will receive $500. In addition to the photo, please provide:

  • Identification of the pest
  • Location of where the photo was taken
  • Anything else unique about the photo or circumstance under which it was taken

Send your entry* via email to or mail to: PCT Online, c/o Brad Harbison, 5811 Canal Road, Valley View, OH 44125. Deadline: Dec. 8

*Important note: There is a limit of one photo per entrant.

Last year’s winning photo: an acorn weevil under the leaves of a catalpa tree. Photo was taken by Ed Freytag, senior entomologist at the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board.

Video: Hollywood Bug Guys on ‘The Gong Show’

PCT recently profiled twin brothers Jeffrey and Jason Linford, pest control owners/partners and entertainers who have made a name for themselves as the twin-fiddling Hollywood Bug Guys. The duo recently appeared on “The Gong Show,” fiddling to Britney Spears’ “Toxic” while dancing, costumed cockroaches crept up on them. Although the duo did not win, they scored well with judges and did not get the dreaded gong! Watch.

Multimedia PestWorld ’17 Coverage

About 3,000 industry professionals from throughout the U.S. and abroad are expected to gather in Baltimore this month for PestWorld 2017, the National Pest Management Association’s annual convention and exposition. PCT Online will be providing live coverage from PestWorld, including news stories, photos, videos and more. Visit for coverage.