Over time, an increased need for hygienic and pest-free environments has increased the need and demand for pest control services. Expected to grow at a healthy rate, the international pest control services market is intended to exceed US $22 Billion by 2026. Pest control is a process for managing or exterminating various living organisms which are harmful to human beings. Pests can include bedbugs, cockroaches, termites, reptiles and other unwanted organisms. These animals are considered “pests” because they interfere in residential, commercial, agriculture and industrial processes.
Residentially and commercially, living in a cockroach-infested house makes you more vulnerable to allergies, germs, and ultimately diseases. Cockroaches eat many types of material besides food scraps (paper products, clothing items, cardboard) and can adapt to an environment quickly and adopt high endurance levels that makes it even more difficult to get rid of them. Roach killer techniques can range from chemical control to mechanical control and pest control. Chemical control can be in the shape of a killer spray that contains toxic chemicals, poison gel baits that kill entire colonies or sticky glue traps where you can find out which areas are more infested than others depending on how many dead roaches you find on the trap. Because of recent concerns of health and environmental impact from customers however, companies have been using more organic chemicals.
Agriculturally, when rodents aren’t controlled, they can come overnight and completely destroy crops, causing widespread economic repercussions on the agricultural industry. They can inflict a large number of economic damage because of their population size, diversity and feeding habits. Agricultural pests are one of the number one key factors affecting small farm production. Industrially, pests can cause serious damage to existing structure and foundations (rotting wood or other soft materials). Sometimes the damage is serious enough that a whole structure can become useless, for example termites eating on a leg of a wooden table.
Although North America and Western Europe are currently the largest markets for pest control services, Asia-Pacific has a high-growth potential. Demand for pest control services could be attributed to the fact that there is a rise in international tourism and that various pests thrive in warmer climates. Some pests are displaying unusual migration habits due to both manmade and natural factors, such as global warming. Climate change not only affects farming practices, but also affects the distributions and life cycles of pests, disease-causing organisms and crop-pollinating insects and animals. Some insects and flying creatures are also multiplying at faster rates.
China and India have enough cultivable land to grow crops, factoring in the urbanization and technological growth in agriculture. People are looking into pest control services for crop protection to prevent and avoid losses. Emerging economies within the nation also mean higher standards of living and an increase in disposable income amongst the community, resulting in the continuous demand of hygiene and cleanliness.
One of the ongoing challenges the pest control industry is facing is how expensive the services are. Some people have resorted to studying reports by themselves and learning how to DIY the methods. It is important to note that however, research have shown that there is indeed a direct correlation between cleanliness and health. Patients admitted to rooms previously occupied by infected individuals are at a higher risk of acquiring these organisms from contaminated surfaces. This means improved hand hygiene can prevent multidrug-resistant organisms which has been recognized as one of the defining factors to outbreaks. Cleaning your home can help prevent pest outbreaks and also include benefits for good mental and physical health. Firstly, not only does it help to clear your airways, it also cleans all the places rodents can potentially habituate. The Environmental Protection Agency says that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the outdoors. Indoor air means we are breathing in dust mites, pet fur residue, pollen, mold, bug skeletons, toxins from cleaning products and chemicals from our own clothing and bedding. Secondly, the act of cleaning your house actually gives you sufficient exercise, leading to a healthier and more active life.
People who were surveyed reported that they get a better night’s rest when their sheets are freshly cleaned – a prevention and elimination of potential bedbugs. People who described their living spaces as “cluttered” are proven to be more tired and stressed out compared to those who have clean and organized rooms. Cockroaches find shelter in holes or cracks around window and door frames, water pipes and baseboards. If there is a hole in the water pipe, this leakage needs to be fixed immediately because water on the ground can lure the cockroach out. Brad Fischer, the District Service Manager at Batzner Pest Control says, “The real problem tends to come from the unseen areas, like a spill underneath an oven, or crumbs not being vacuumed along the walls in a dining area.”