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Contributor Patricia Hottel, BCE, is technical director for South Elgrin, Ill.-based McCloud Services. She can be reached at

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10 tips for better snap trap success Posted on 22 Jan 2021 in the Pest Talk categories.

Pat Hottel, BCE, shares some suggestions to incorporate to help ensure snap trap success and save you and your client time. Read more»

Spring start-ups: Predicting pest pressures Posted on 27 Apr 2020 in the Pest Talk categories.

Knowing the history of a client’s past pest pressures will help in determining what pests might be reappearing this spring and help direct an inspection. Read more»

Roadtrip Roundup: McCloud Pest Invasion 2019 Posted on 14 Aug 2019 in the Roadtrip Roundup categories.

McCloud Services hosted its 20th Annual Pest Invasion Seminar on June 27 in Oak Brook, Ill. The theme of the one-day event was “A Tactical Approach to a Winning Integrated... Read more»

Highlights from McCloud Pest Invasion 2019 Posted on 14 Aug 2019 in the featured & Technical categories.

McCloud Services' Technical Director Patricia Hottel shares some highlights of the speakers from the company's day-long event: McCloud Pest Invasion. Read more»

Bird control strategies for commercial accounts Posted on 25 Mar 2019 in the Birds & featured & Pest Talk & Sparrows categories.

Here are some recommendations from South Elgrin, Ill.-based McCloud Services on strategies for protecting your industrial and commercial accounts from birds. Read more»

Control fall invaders as cold weather approaches Posted on 05 Nov 2018 in the featured & Invasive/Occasional Species & Pest Talk & Technical categories.

Fall invaders can elevate beyond nuisance status, becoming a nuisance and contamination threat. Read more»

Is your food plant program FSMA-compliant? Posted on 22 Jun 2017 in the featured & Pest Talk categories.

McCloud Services, based in South Elgin, Ill., and serving Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio and Wisconsin, is generating awareness on ways food facilities can build an effective... Read more»

McCloud Services recaps Pest Invasion 2016 Posted on 14 Jul 2016 in the Cockroaches & featured & News & Rats categories.

For many years running, South Elgin, Ill.-based McCloud Services has hosted an annual seminar specifically geared toward pest management, environmental health and food safety professionals In late April, the event was... Read more»