The Importance of the Pest Management IndustryMissy Henriksen
- National Pest Management Association
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Hundreds of pest management professionals descended upon
Washington last month to educate the nation’s leaders about the
important role pest management plays in protecting public health,
food and property from common household pests. Like so many other
visitors to Congressional offices, they offered “leave-behinds”
with facts about the industry. In honor of
National Pest Management Month, I can think of no better way to
illustrate the value of the work our industry professionals do
every single day – in homes, hospitals, restaurants, schools, etc.
– than sharing excerpts from these materials with
- Public health officials attribute the quality of life we have
today to three things: better pharmaceuticals and vaccines,
better sanitation and better pest control.
- Without pest management practices, pests could destroy more
than 50 percent of our food crops.
- Rodents consume or contaminate about 20 percent of the world’s
food supply. They carry fleas and ticks that frequently carry
- Rats bite more than 45,000 people each year. They can transmit
disease organisms such as rat bite fever, salmonella, trichinosis,
murine typhus, the plague and leptospirosis. Rats and mice are
known to chew through electrical wiring causing electrical
malfunctions and even fires.
- According to the American College of
Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, more than two million
Americans are allergic to stinging insects. More than 500,000
people enter hospital emergency rooms every year suffering from
- It would be difficult to find any segment of the food industry
that could comply with federal sanitation and health regulations
without an adequate pest management program.
- Pests destroy homes and buildings and their contents; termites
alone cause over $5 billion in damage annually.
- Pests can transmit disease-causing organisms including West
Nile Virus, Lyme disease, malaria, plague, Rocky Mountain spotted
fever, Hantavirus and encephalitis.
Most people tend to think of pest management in terms of
residential problems (ants, rodents, cockroaches, termites, etc.). And,
while it’s true, the men and women in our industry protect us from
the diseases and dangers of pests in home settings daily. Moreover,
the importance of the industry to society as a whole is much
broader with all that we do toward food and health protection. I am
proud to be part of an industry that makes such a difference to the
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