Pest Control Services

Pest Control Services

Overview

The 11,700 pest control services in the US exterminate and control the presence of unwanted creatures, such as insects, rodents, or other small animals. Companies may specialize in residential or non-residential services. About two-thirds of industry revenue comes from residential services. Providers may also specialize in a particular industry, such as food manufacturing or health care.

Hazardous Substances

Pest control often involves the application of toxic chemicals that have the potential to harm humans, pets, plants, or the environment.

Government Regulation

Because pest control involves toxic substances, the EPA and state governments regulate various elements of operations, including licensing, record keeping, standards of application, training, and product registration.