Donna DeFranco

The author is a frequent editorial contributor to PCT magazine.

Bug-and-Breakfast, Anyone? No Thanks!

January 18, 2017

While the home-sharing model is popular, it certainly isn’t perfect. Sponsoring companies do screen hosts and offer guidelines for both hosts and travelers, but properties are not inspected or required to comply to safety and sanitation standards as hotels are. Read More

Revenue Is One Thing... Profit Is Another

December 13, 2016

Growing your business requires investments in people, equipment and technology — but that cuts into your profit. As such, it’s a balancing act for PMPs to get their revenue and profit numbers where they need them. Read More

The Horrors of Hoarding

September 21, 2016

Hoarders’ habits aren’t just disturbing; they can be outright dangerous for the courageous PMPs who try to help. Read More

Breaking the Flea Life Cycle: Why IGRs Are Vital to Eradication

Breaking the Flea Life Cycle: Why IGRs Are Vital to Eradication

May 25, 2016

Although there are about 2,500 species of fleas worldwide, only about 325 appear in the United States. The cat flea is the predominant species PMPs encounter in homes. In fact, more than 90 percent of the fleas found on pets, as well as feral dogs and cats, are cat fleas, according to the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control. Read More

IR Technology: Can You See Me Now?

May 19, 2016

Few companies were willing to invest the tens of thousands of dollars it once took to get a reliable thermal imaging camera, but now that you can tuck one into your pocket for about $250, PMPs across the country are giving it a try. Read More

El Niño Packs a Wallop

February 10, 2016

The 2015-16 El Niño has been every bit as powerful as its record-setting 1997-98 predecessor, which brought storms, floods, landslides and unprecedented warmth to many areas of the country. What else did it bring? A glut of pests. Read More