The need for professional pest management services continues to grow across the country and the West is no exception. In a recent national study conducted by the National Pest Management Association, 37% of homeowners in the U.S. used a pest management professional in the past year – a 4% increase from last year and more than double the number from 2001 (18%).
Homeowners living in the West, which includes Western Exterminator’s service areas of California, Arizona and Nevada, ranked second in the country when it came to calling for services with 44% of respondents indicating they contracted with a pest professional in the last year.
The area of the country that has homeowners’ most irritated and annoyed with unwanted pests in their home is the South. Half (50%) of homeowners in the region indicated they used a pest professional to eliminate termites, palmetto bugs, ants or a host of other pests from their living space. Homeowners in the Midwest (28%) and Northeast (23%) rounded out the survey.
What pests are habitually the most annoying, drawing the greatest ire of homeowners? While my long-time nemesis Menace Mouse tops the list of annoying pests in my book, the survey indicated that ants (58%) are the pests homeowners were calling about the most. And, our experience at Western Exterminator agrees with the survey. The #1 pest that consumers call us about is indeed ANTS!
Other pests earning spots on this not-so-popular list include:
- Termites (42%)
- Spiders (40%)
- Cockroaches (32%)
- Mosquitoes (31%)
- Rodents (31%)
- Ticks/Fleas (27%)
- Stinging Insects (24%)
You know, just like in football, the best defense is a good offense. If you are proactive in eliminating food sources, entry places, water sources and harborage areas from your property, you’ll greatly reduce the number of annoying pests that come near.
If you had a problem with pests and already called Western Exterminator, thank you, we appreciate your business. If you a currently experiencing a problem with any pest, me an e-mail at AskMrLittle@WesternExterminator.com. I’ll be sure to get back to you right away with an answer or just some friendly advice.
Until next time, thanks for making Western Exterminator Company “The Final Word in Pest Control®”
Have a pest free day.