March 31, 2016 • by Krista Connor • From Out & About Magazine

Royal Pest marketing director pens children’s books—about bugs and wildlife

In the office of Royal Pest Marketing Director Rick DeDonato, bugs are practically crawling off the walls from his array of entomology posters, charts and diagrams. And the theme continues among the piles of paperwork on his desk. But there the bugs are the fictional kind—the ones depicted in DeDonato’s illustrated children’s books, which nicely marry his passion for writing with his fulltime career at the planet-friendly pest control center in New Castle.

The Wilmington resident’s first book, Pipsie, Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar, is geared for children ages 5-8 and follows the adventures of a young girl named Pipsie.