PCT keeps a pulse on the industry with timely Reader Poll questions. Here is the most recent question for pest management professionals. In light of rising gas prices, are you considering adding a fuel surcharge to your customers’ bills?


Here's a look at results from a recent PCT Reader Poll.

Slideshow: NPMA Legislative Day 2022

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, NPMA Legislative Day activities were back in person March 14-15, with Capitol Hill visits conducted virtually on March 16. Attendees gathered at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., to hear from leading political pundits and to strategize for their virtual congressional meetings. Visit for a slideshow of NPMA Legislative Day.

Podcast: Trish Caples on Being a Woman in Pest Control

March PCT’s cover story, “Taking Charge,” focused on the challenges and opportunities for women in pest control, and explored some of the strides women have made in this traditionally male-dominated field. Additional coverage from PCT includes PCT Senior Editor Jacqueline Mitchell’s podcast with Trish Caples, a longtime Orkin employee, who shared her experiences of being a women working in pest control. Visit to download and listen.

Recent Webinars on PCT Online

Throughout the year, PCT hosts free webinars sponsored by leading suppliers. PMPs can watch and participate live or access them from our on-demand page: The most recent one, “Hiring and Retaining Employees During Difficult Times Business,” was presented by former PCO Stuart Aust (pictured) and sponsored by FieldRoutes.

PCT Technician of the Year Awards

PCT and BASF announced the launched our annual Technician of the Year awards program.

The awards recognize a trio of standout service professionals in the residential, commercial and termite categories. Be sure to nominate your company’s standout service professionals.

You can nominate a Technician of the Year by filling out the online form and either emailing it or faxing it back to us at 216.525.0515, or for your convenience you can fill out our online form



Included in this month’s issue is new termite research from Andrew Sutherland and his team from University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. Visit “online extras” for an image of field research plots that were used to help investigate the effects of distance (from observed activity) and installation season on the time required for western subterranean termites to find and attack newly installed baits from three different systems.