Pest Control News

Monday, 25 April 2016

Pest Control - A Growing Industry

A growing industry – why pest control in the UK is booming


At one, the pest control industry was a rare choice for a career but figures show that the pest control industry is booming. With a huge growth rate in recent years, it is not just the UK enjoying this upswing in pest controllers.
With the industry worth around £367 million in the UK alone, the US has a bigger industry with a worth of some £7 billion. 
Does this mean we are inundated with pests? Not so, say pest controllers who attribute this growth to changes in attitude of the British public.
  • Personalised service
The advent of the Internet has had a huge impact on how consumers buy products and why; the same foes for buying in professional services too. Consumers are now expecting a more personalised service, tailored to them, their needs and their budget. 
  • Losing its ‘nasty’ side
For a long time, pest controllers suffered from a poor reputation. Their job was to kill whatever it was that was causing a problem. However, over the years the pest control industry has evolved, becoming leaders in the important field of balancing local environments. In other words, pest control no longer stands for extermination. 
  • Decreasing tolerance
Although people want humane methods, they want effective methods of pest control which is a driving force behind the 6% annual growth that the pest control industry has been enjoying in recent years. Customers are no longer willing to share their space with bugs, rodents or unwanted birds and animals. 
  • Dealing with growing pest issues
From rats to wasps, bedbugs to bees, there are some pests that are becoming more common in the UK – thus people want professional help to get rid of them and prevent future infestations. But, as some pests start to become immune to poisons and other chemical treatments, pest controllers are developing new ways of dealing with pest issues. 
An evolving industry
It could be argued that for a long time, the pest control industry stood still, locked in the position that they were a) a last resort and b) just killed everything by poisoning it. Realising that it needed to modernise and play a part in protecting the environment, the pest control industry has become a powerful voice and partner in looking after both the urban and rural landscape. 

Qualifications, as well as experienced, have started to bear fruit with more qualified pest control technicians operating safely throughout the country. But the old adage has not slipped far from the modern pest control industry – prevention IS better than cure.