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Why Pest Control Is An Essential Business

Why Pest Control Is An Essential Business

Looking to start a business with guaranteed resilience and service demand in 2021? Consider pest control. Today’s post highlights 4 factors underpinning Pestmaster’s “essential business” designation.

Pest Control Industry Receives Essential Business Designation In 2020

On March 19th, 2020, Christopher Krebs, the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), published a memo titled “Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During the COVID-19 Response.” Therein, Krebs confirmed what most Americans knew already: pest control is an essential industry that must remain in operation through the pandemic, even in the event of another lockdown.

While the pest control industry has always played an essential role in the protection of public health, food, and property for homes and businesses nationwide, this new designation gives pest control owners important peace of mind during uncertain times, ensuring our business continuity for the foreseeable future.

What follows is a brief overview of 4 key factors driving this essential business designation.

Why Is Pest Control An Essential Business?

1.   Pest Control Businesses Protect Our Nation’s Food Supply

Food processing plants, warehouses, packaging facilities, stockrooms, food preparation areas, and food retailers all pose tantalizing targets for all kinds of pests. Pest control companies play an essential role in reducing these threats to our nation’s food supply.

2.   Pest Control Businesses Keep Other Essential Businesses Afloat

In a survey conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), researchers determined that more than 70% of businesses in five different countries suffer significant financial losses during infestations—and this was pre-pandemic. With a huge percentage of businesses already struggling due to the pressures imposed by social distancing, mandated closures, and orders to shelter-in-place, preventing and treating infestations in a cost-effective manner is absolutely essential.

3.   Pest Control Businesses Facilitate Safe Sheltering-In-Place

Until the pandemic threat period has passed, Americans will be spending more time at home than ever before. At the same time, as businesses remain closed or limited in operation, many pests and rodents will be seeking new sources of food, water, and shelter—which means an influx of household pests.

Pest control companies play an essential role in eliminating these household pests, which are a primary cause of frustration, anxiety, discomfort, structural damage, and infectious diseases. In this way, we facilitate safe and comfortable sheltering-in-place for Americans during the pandemic threat period.

4.   Pest Control Businesses Provide Critical Vector Controls

According to the World Health Organization, vectors are “living organisms that transmit infectious diseases between humans or from animal to human.” The most common vectors for humans are mosquitos and ticks—both of which experienced considerable population growth in 2020.

Though SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is a respiratory virus that rarely gets into the blood, and therefore isn’t likely to spread through tick or mosquito bites, vector controls still play an important part in our fight against COVID-19. For example, the CDC has already stated how people with certain medical conditions and diseases, some of which are transmitted by vectors, are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection.

Start An Essential Pest Control Business With Pestmaster

Visit the Pestmaster franchise website or call 800-525-8866 to learn more about our opportunity.



Pestmaster is both an innovative and environmentally sensitive pest management services provider. With a unique, progressive, and extremely successful franchise business model, Pestmaster professionals provide state of the art, scientifically-based integrated pest management solutions for the most challenging pestiferous problems. Pestmaster, a 21st century organization that is leading the way in the fast growing pest management industry.

Dr. Stuart Mitchell | BCE

I’ve been in the industry for years and I can’t tell you just how valuable the Pestmaster franchise opportunity really is. I have much greater access to identifying and getting potent government contracts with the help and assistance from the corporate office. We would not be nearly as successful as we are today, had we not purchased a Pestmaster Franchise.

Wayne Holliday & Tommy Houk | Pestmaster of Lake City & Gainesville, FL

Pestmaster® has been the best investment I’ve ever made in my life!

Barrett Alley | Pestmaster of Kingston, NY

We had options, but if we hadn’t decided on a Pestmaster franchise, we could not have gone from just one to several employees in less than one year of purchasing the franchise. Without the franchise, we would not have known about the high-dollar pest control services opportunities such as West Point Academy and we would certainly not have become the successful contract bidder that we are today.

Paul Alley | Pestmaster of Kingston, NY

I owned my own small pest control business for six years before I decided to buy a national brand franchise. The amount of business I was able to produce in those six years was doubled in just my first year with Pestmaster. Joining the Pestmaster brand was an excellent choice for me and for the future of my business.

Chris Nelson | Pestmaster of Salt Lake City, UT

I knew I was ready to start a business and looked for a long time but could not find my value-added proposition What could I do better than anyone else to distinguish me from the others in any industry? I have always been a technical person, so I was not confident in my ability to start a brand and market it. I also didn’t want to start from zero without help and support in my new adventure. For these reasons I looked into franchising opportunities and quickly found Pestmaster. They provided the value-added proposition, branding, marketing and support that I was looking for. The business model works and the people in the PFN will help you succeed.

Jerome Snyder | Pestmaster of Central New York

The Pestmaster Franchise Network has enabled me to secure government contracts and group pricing with several vendors. The training from our entomologist and combined experience is incredibly valuable. It is a great network of knowledge, experience, and Camaraderie.”

Justin Kendall | Pestmaster of Virginia Beach, Virginia
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