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The Year in News: Top 10 of 2010

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The top 10 headlines that piqued your interest on PCTonline.com in 2010.

| December 31, 2010

The year is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! From bed bugs, to mergers, to legislative issues, the PCT website was flooded with breaking news and information we couldn’t wait to get in front of our readers. So, what made headlines in 2010? Read the list below to count down the most compelling topics of the year, based on our readers' click-through rates.

10.) Steritech Offers New SleepEasy Thermal Chamber For Bed Bugs
Patent-pending technology helps hotels save thousands on furnishings and increase room revenue, while protecting their most valuable asset: their brand, Steritech reports.     

9.) Univar Acquires Southern Mill Creek Products of Ohio
Univar Professional Products & Services announced that it has purchased Southern Mill Creek Products of Ohio. 

8.) Avitrol Faces an Uncertain Future 
The company has been in part or full ownership by the Swindle family for 35 years.  

7.) The Sensitivity Spectrum: Human Reactions to Bed Bug Bites
A recent study by the University of Kentucky and pest control professionals confirms that many people do not react to bed bug bites. This survey, the most comprehensive to date, has important implications for bed bug prevention and management.  

6.) BASF Sues Two Rivals Over Fipronil Patent Infringement
U.S. District Court filing challenges alleged unauthorized use of patented technologies by Makhteshim and Cheminova.  

5.) Bed Bug Bytes
A collection of research and “byte-sized” stories on bed bugs. 

4.) North American Bed Bug Summit Takes the Windy City by Storm
The North American Bed Bug Summit has drawn unprecedented attention for the pest control industry as local and national media outlets have converged on Chicago for the two-day event organized by BedBug Central. 

3.) The Future of Fipronil
Two of the most widely watched lawsuits in the history of the pest management industry are slowly working their way through a U.S. District Court in North Carolina with the fate of BASF’s “flagship” product – Termidor – hanging in the balance. 

2.) Glen Rollins Out at Rollins Inc./Orkin
The Board of Directors of Rollins, Inc., acting through its independent directors, acted today to terminate the employment, effective immediately, of Glen W. Rollins as executive vice president of the company and as president of the subsidiaries of the company including Orkin, LLC. 

1.) Top 100: Rock the House
PCT magazine’s ninth annual Top 100 list of the pest management industry’s 100 largest pest management firms by revenue.                                                    
 
 
The PCT staff would like to thank our valued readers and advertisers for making 2010 another great year! We wish you and yours a wonderful New Year’s celebration, and a healthy and prosperous 2011.
 

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