Pest Control is one of the largest industries in the United States and is expected to have an annual growth rate of 2.9%. One of the reasons why it has become a profitable, ever-growing industries is the rise of bed bugs across the United States and the world. As society becomes more global, goods and people are able to travel greater distances on a more regular basis. Tourists, in particular, can end up becoming carriers for bed bugs and their eggs by staying in hotels or locations where there are many people. Bed bugs do not mean a place is dirty, but they often appear in areas where humans congregate. The more people that visit a place, the more likely bed bugs are to become a problem, which is why the hospitality industry is one of the biggest carriers of pests. Vacationers can accidentally bring pest eggs home and create a new infestation. Pests like bed bugs are frequently discovered in nursing homes, motels, hospitals, and apartment buildings where many individuals come together.
Another rising trend in pest control is the presence of mosquitos. The past 15 years have been some of the hottest in living record. These temperatures, combined with humidity and the presence of standing water, leads to thriving mosquito populations that spread disease and bite humans. Pest controllers are frequently called to action to limit the spread of diseases like malaria and the West Nile virus, especially in the South and West of the United States. Unlike bed bugs, mosquitoes are an exterior problem that requires spraying pesticides over a large area or eliminating eggs at their outdoor sources in ponds, lakes, or swamps. As time goes on, commercial, residential, and industrial properties find themselves needing more effective pest control measures as interior and exterior pests become more common.
So, where can people find more effective pest control methods? After effective and toxic pesticides were banned in 1972, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposes stricter regulations on new products, the pest control industry has turned to new methodologies. One of the most popular developments has been the increased use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which combines state of the art technology with common sense pest prevention. Some examples of IPM in practice would be:
Other elements of IPM were developed to limit the use of toxic materials that are potentially harmful to humans, pets, and natural plant life. Exterminators and others will use chemicals and products in an increasing order of toxicity. Safer products will be used first, followed by materials that use increasingly harsh ingredients until the pests are removed. The goal of IPM is to use environmentally friendly, benign materials to prevent injuries, hospitalization, or death. Pest control has become more effective, safer for living creatures, and a growing industry with many new job opportunities for interested individuals.
Pest control is an attractive field because it is one that is always needed and constantly growing. Professional exterminators do not need to have higher education and instead receive on the job training which usually lasts three months. Employees need a professional certification, and can often choose a specialty like rodent control. As said before, as the world has become more global, pests have found it easier to move across the globe. New, invasive species means people need trained professionals capable of handling all sorts of new pest problems, meaning the field has room for growth and expansion.
Jose D. has been providing pest control solutions to North County San Diego residents since 2000!