Least Wanted: Ants Number One Nuisance Pest in AmericaNPMA Staff
Monday, September 27, 2010
According to the 2010 Pest Control
Attitudes and Usage Survey conducted by the National Pest
Management Association (NPMA), ants
are the number one pest concern, with termites, spiders, cockroaches and mosquitoes
not far behind. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. homeowners currently use
or have used a professional pest control company for pest problems
and preventative care in their homes.
"Pests are more than nuisances in our daily lives. They can
destroy property and pose health risks to children and adults
alike. Our survey tells us many homeowners recognize these threats
and recognize that effective pest control requires professional
services," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs
for NPMA. "Regular professional pest control should be part of
every homeowner's maintenance plan."
The survey polled more than 1,000 homeowners in the U.S. and
examined their opinions about pest problems and professional pest
control. Here are several key highlights:
- 54 percent of survey respondents named ants as their top pest
concern. Ants have long been the scourge of homeowners as they
invade kitchens in warm months in search of food.
- 53 percent of survey respondents believe pest control
professionals are more effective in handling household pest
problems than they are. That number spikes to 88 percent when asked
of current pest control users.
- 59 percent of current pest control users elect to have a
contract with a pest control company because they feel it best
protects their family. 56 percent also cite intolerance of pests as
a secondary issue.
- 84 percent of respondents, who use professional pest control,
had their most recent pest problem resolved in one to two visits.
Those who tried to deal with the problem themselves had varying
rates of success, many failing to eliminate the problem.
For more information about household pests and tips on how to find a professional pest
control company, visit www.PestWorld.org
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