The Importance of Pest Control
Pest control is not a glamorous profession. But it provides a vital service to homeowners and businesses. The simple fact is, pests of all shapes and sizes are continually invading our living and working spaces.
Many are slowly destroying our property, reducing property values, or raising building maintenance costs. Pests can not only cause physical damage, they can also carry disease, potentially causing millions or tens of millions of dollars in related health care costs. And we cannot overlook the psychological aspects of pests in our lives, as they make most people feel vulnerable and even unsafe at a core level.
As humans, we have created buildings to live and work in. And the spaces inside these buildings are intended for a wide variety of human activity. But we have to recognize that these same structures provide a perfect place for pests to live and thrive as well. We have created a desirable environment for these pests, so they will continually attempt to move in with us.
In many cases, simply creating our structures creates spaces that are nearly ideal for pests in terms of protection from predators, perfect heat and moisture levels, ideal nesting environments, and elimination of excessive light and sound. So as long as we continue to create buildings and the infrastructure that society needs to flourish, we’re also creating environments for pests to flourish as well.
As such, the need for pest control services and those companies providing pest control will never go away. And as cities and populations of people grow and change, there is more and more opportunity for those in the pest control industry to grow as well.
Modern research continues to drive innovation in pest control services and applications, as well as improvements in building techniques and materials. We continue to develop a deeper understanding of pests, from nesting habits to food sources and from reproductive characteristics to natural control methods. This new knowledge helps us improve our processes and our effectiveness.
New chemicals that address specific pests without harming other living things such as humans or pets continue to be developed. And new application methods ensure our chemicals are applied exactly where they will have the greatest benefit with the least impact on human health and the environment.
A great deal of research has led to improved methods of natural pest control. So instead of spraying large amounts of chemicals or installing large numbers of traps and bait, our technicians can address underlying causes and make environmental changes that naturally reduce populations of pests. Ultimately, this reduces the application of chemicals and poisons, which is better for the environment and cuts our costs as well as those of our customers in the long run.
Pest control is an evergreen business. The need for our service does not subside with downturns in the economy. As such, our primary threat to profits and business viability is over-competition. Individually, pest control businesses cannot control this, but as established local pest control businesses become stronger, it becomes harder for copy-cat competitors to enter the market. Ultimately, this suggests that those pest control companies with a good business plan and successful marketing programs will continue to flourish indefinitely.
The future of pest control as an industry is bright. There is no indication that the need for pest control will subside in the coming years, regardless of new technologies.
Article authorship: This summary of the pest control industry and it’s future is provided by Crazylegs Pest Control, a nationwide pest control company based in San Francisco, CA. Crazylegs currently has hundreds of locations around the United States, and is almost certainly a major player in pest control in your town or city.
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