Posts Tagged ‘PCT Magazine’


In PCT Magazines July publication is an article, State of the Small Fly Market, sponsored by Nisus, that we highly recommend reading.



This article, Entomological Society of America Overhauls ACE Program, published by PCT Online is a nice follow up to our recent event, The Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Preparatory Course, and the reason I did it. I knew the program would be revamped and the timing was right. Please continue reading. It’s a great article.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Entomological Society of America (ESA) recently announced several important improvements to its Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) program. They include
•    Requiring Continuing Education Units (CEU) for ACE renewal
•    ACE applications and renewals moving to a three-year renewal cycle
•    A new ACE exam to debut in January 2014
•    The debut of a new ACE Award


It’s that time of the year and the ants are back. Unless these guys are identified properly it can be very difficult to control them. In PCT Magazine’s May Ant Control issue they emphasis the importance of proper identification of new ant species in their article Native or Invaders. Enjoy the article and if you need help identifying the species, come see us.

In January 2012, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) completed a nationwide survey of pest management professionals (PMPs) regarding treatments for ants. Only bed bugs ranked as being more difficult to control. Ants were treated by 100 percent of the companies that participated in the survey. The most common ants treated were carpenter ants (66 percent of the companies), odorous house ants (62 percent) and pavement ants (59 percent). Six other species were treated and the number varied from 20 percent to 36 percent. Another question asked in the survey was: “Do you feel the incidence of ants in your region is increasing, decreasing or remaining the same?” Results revealed that 54 percent thought the incidence was increasing, whereas 41 percent thought it was the same and only 5 percent indicated the incidence was decreasing.


The House of Representatives recently reintroduced the PESTT Act. This bill limits the authority of the USDA’s Wildlife Services program to compete with the private sector for rodent, nuisance bird and wildlife work in suburban and urban areas regardless of the availability of services. What do you think about it?

We wanted to share PCT Magazine’s article from their February online publication. It goes into more detail with regards to the bill.

The recently reintroduced bill limits the authority of the USDA’s Wildlife Services program to compete with the private sector for rodent, nuisance bird and wildlife work in suburban and urban areas


Earlier, PCT Magazine published Becoming a Pest Investigator. The article introduced us to the tools all technicians should have at all times. Now in Becoming a Pest Investigator Part 2, they point out the tools we should have readily available and highlight some specialized tools to consider having. So, please enjoy their follow up article. Let us know what you think here or on the Bug Off Pest Control Center Facebook page.

Let’s start back up with the tools you should have easily at your disposal, but need not always carry with you:


Here is another great article from PCT’s online magazine, [Inspection Tools] Becoming a pest investigator, by Jay Bruesch. Jay has presented for us at the New York Pest Expo and is the Technical Director at Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc.  For more, please visit PCT’s article in its entirety here

Why Do We Inspect? Every rookie pest management professional can recite the fact that inspection is a vital component of Integrated Pest Management. But before starting, we should remind ourselves of why we do this time-consuming activity. After all, you can probably give a hundred examples of jobs you have done in which the inspection phase consumed almost all of the time spent solving the problem. (more…)

I came across a great article from PCT Magazine’s June 2006 publication, Your Guide To Mystery Bites, written by our friend and recent Hall of Famer Dr. Michael Potter.  Believe it or not spring is on it’s way and we thought you would find this article very interesting. Call it an oldie but a goodie!


Here’s a great article from PCT Magazine written by our friend Jeff McGovern and his wife Kate, as well as, Dr. Jeffrey Brown. Jeff McGovern will be presenting the bed bug talk at the 10th edition of the New York Pest Expo on November 8th!

Let’s face it: Bed bugs may be getting the headlines, but in the background roaches are staging a comeback. We have sprayed, fogged, bombed, baited, trapped, heated, fumigated — and still we fight this difficult pest. As roaches have become resistant to current toxicants and government and public pressure for less toxic chemicals increases, we appear poised to lose the battle. Heat treatments are fine, in some places, but usually require evacuation and aren’t always the best answer for the client. Now we have another tool in our pest control toolbox — Cryonite. So just what is Cryonite and how can it improve your roach accounts? Let me show you how Cryonite (new school) in conjunction with spatial/forced monitoring (old school) creates a chemical-free, effective program that can be used anywhere, anytime.

The following post from PCT Magazine is excerpted from the PCT Field Guide for the Management of Urban Spiders. We wanted to share it because it is a great, quick resource for PCO’s. It describes, specifically, the various parts of a spider’s anatomy, focusing on those elements used for identification purposes. Hope you enjoy it and find it beneficial. 

Being able to identify the key body parts of a spider may not make you an arachnologist, but it will make you a better pest management professional.

Stoy A. Hedges and Richard S. Vetter | May 31, 2012 |


According to this article in PCT Magazine, The Pest Control Industry saw a 3.4% growth in 2011 over the previous year. It would appear the reason for the growth overall could be attributed to bed bug treatments. Would you agree? Where do you see growth coming from this year? What about add-on services like wildlife control or bird control?