What NPMA Research Says About Starting A Pest Control Services Franchise In 2020
Today’s post reviews findings from the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) 2019 report, “The Professional Pest Management Industry,” which highlight the value of pest control service franchises in 2020.
Pest Control Services Franchise Owners Enjoying Big Returns
The 2019 NPMA report estimated that the pest control industry generated over $9.3-billion in annual billing revenues, up from $8.175 billion in 2016. Service demand is up across the board, and pest control services franchise owners couldn’t be happier!
Pest Control Services Franchise Owners Keep Cities Standing
Termites alone cause over $5-billion in property damage annually, according to NPMA research. Subterranean termites eat 24/7, making them the most destructive termite species in the United States.
Pest control services franchise owners make all the difference in the termite fight. According to the Speciality Consultants’ “A Strategic Analysis of the U.S. Structural Pest Control Industry,” national services revenues for termite treatments are now equal to what we saw with the unprecedented housing boom of 2005. Between termite treatments and termite prevention (which accounted for 28% of all post-construction termite jobs last year), you can expect persistent service demand for the foreseeable future.
Pest Control Services Franchises Play Crucial Role As Invisible “Public Health Providers”
In 2020, amidst the COVID-19 epidemic, public health matters more than ever. Though current research by the World Health Organization indicates that the coronavirus is not spread through pests, the 2019 NPMA report nevertheless reiterates the crucial roles that pest control service franchises play in maintaining public health outcomes, including:
- Reducing risk of food contamination. Rodents contaminate about 20% of the world’s food supply, while cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, along with 6 types of parasitic worms and sevens kinds of human pathogens.
- Fighting the spread of diseases, “such as Zika virus, West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, malaria, plague, Rocky mountain spotted fever, hantavirus, and encephalitis” (p. 1).
- Preventing asthma and allergy symptoms, like those caused by the allergen proteins contained in cockroach saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies.
- Reducing serious hospitalizations. Stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year, according to the NPMA, and more than 2-million Americans are allergic.
Additionally, NPMA research shows that innovations in pest management parallel an increase in life expectancy.
Clearly, pest control services franchise owners play an important role in the maintenance of public health, and we are considered essential service workers during the pandemic. As such, pest control services franchise owners should feel confident in the resilience of their industry and business model, regardless of what the future holds!