Exploring America’s #1 Nuisance PestNPMA Staff
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Ant Infestations are on the Rise, National Pest Management
Association Survey Reveals
"Exploring America's #1 Nuisance Pest," conducted by the
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr.
Laurel Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and
Washington State University, has found that ant infestations
are on the rise across the country. The study, which surveyed U.S.
pest professionals, found that 100 percent of respondents treated
ant infestations in the past year, and that the most prevalent
species found were carpenter ants, odorous house ants
"Ants have long been a nuisance pest, but the prevalence of
carpenter ants is especially concerning. Carpenter ants tunnel
through wood and nest inside homes, which can compromise a
property's structural stability." said Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA. "Fortunately, our survey also
shows that pest professionals have great success in treating ant
infestations of all kinds through Integrated Pest Management,
which utilizes a three-part practice of inspection, identification
Here are several key highlights from "Exploring America's #1
- Every participating professional treated ant infestations in
2011.Most treated several hundred infestations, while some treated
many more. Carpenter ants (66%), odorous house ants (62%) and
pavement ants (59%) were treated most often. Infestations were most
common in office buildings (88%), restaurants (83%), apartments and
condos (82%), and single-family homes (80%).
- Ant infestations are on the rise.More than 5 out of 10 (54%) of
pest professionals report ant infestations are growing. Reasons
include an increase in moisture (27%), changing pest control
practices (22%) and new species (44%).
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) works.While one out of three
pest professionals (33%) considers ants to be the most difficult
pest to control, nine out of ten agree that IPM is an effective
method of controlling ants. IPM is a process involving common sense
and sound solutions. The most popular include clearing shrubs and
other vegetation from the base of a structure (82%) and cleaning up
crumbs and spills whenever possible (81%).
full summary of findings, as well as tips for how to prevent
ant infestations, visit www.Pestworld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry's commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property.