McCloud Services’ Technical Director, Patricia Hottel, Contributes to Long-Awaited Industry Technical Resource

South Elgin, Ill., March 20, 2014…McCloud Services, a leading pest management company that protects more than half of the largest food-related brands nationwide, recently contributed to Pest Control Technology’s “PCT Guide to Commercial Pest Management.”  The long-awaited technical resource for pest management professionals (PMPs) is co-authored by 14 past and present members of the Copesan Technical Committee, including Patricia Hottel, Board Certified Entomologist and Technical Director for McCloud Services.


McCloud Services is a shareholder of Copesan Services, Inc., headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis.  Established in 1980, the Copesan Technical Committee is recognized as an industry leading resource in solving the most difficult pest challenges and setting the standard for service excellence.


The “PCT Guide to Commercial Pest Management” is devoted to educating pest control professionals on an array of accounts. Each chapter focuses on a specific type of account, ranging from apartments to food processing, and hotels to zoos, providing a quick reference for commercial pest management – a fast growing, and always in-demand industry.


Hottel, an industry expert with over 35 years of pest management experience, authored three chapters:  “Food Plants: Wet Processing and Storage Facilities,” “Food Plants: Dry Processing and Storage Facilities” and “Specialized Commercial Accounts.”  Hottel shares valuable food safety information including pests commonly found in these facilities, the importance of communication in an integrated pest management program, types of written documentation to be used and the types of equipment used for inspection and pest remediation.


“With evolving food safety initiatives affecting many food processors and distributors, I am honored to contribute valuable insights to help pest management professionals learn how to better protect food, property and public health.  The book serves as a technical guide focusing on commercial accounts specifically, such as zoos, museums and transportation vehicles.  This type of pest management resource was lacking in our industry, and I think it will be a great addition towards the advancement of pest management.”


The “PCT Guide to Commercial Pest Management” is available for purchase at


About McCloud Services

McCloud Services, based in South Elgin, Ill., is the leader in food protection services throughout the chain of custody – from grain elevator to grocery store.  McCloud Services is known for its integrated approach to pest management, specifically designed for the food service industry.  Serving the largest food-related brands in the U.S., the company has earned a reputation as the “food protection experts.”  McCloud Services has locations in 11 states with nine service centers.  For more information, please visit:


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