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The bed bug problem is accelerating at an alarming rate. Bed bugs are attacking homes, apartments, dorms, hotels, stores, theaters, airplanes, and virtually every other venue where people congregate.  This growing problem is here to stay and has many experts worried. According to Michael Potter, professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, “This is going to be one of the most serious pest issues of our generation.”

Bed bugs have become increasingly resistant to chemicals. Thus, many eradication efforts require multiple treatments and ultimately prove fruitless.  By using heat, which has been repeatedly proven to kill bed bugs and their eggs in all developmental stages, Quest has developed a system that is quick, effective, and profitable for the Pest Management Professional. 

The Opportunity:

  • In 2010 95% of pest control companies encountered bed bugs, a 280% increase from 2000 according to the National Pest Management Association1.
  • The National Pest Management Association1 found that 20% of responding companies were doing more than 100 bed bug jobs per year.
  • The CBS News Early Show reports2 that across the country, bed bug infestations are becoming so common that exterminators can barely keep up.
  • According to Mayor Bloomberg’s bed bug taskforce3 the number of residential infestations in New York City increased by 63% between 2008 and 2009 up from a 35% spike between 2007 and 2008.
  • According to the NY Times Article, The High Cost of Bed Bugs4, bed bug experts say it’s not unusual for an infested family to spend over $5,000 in its efforts to get rid of bed bugs.

Should bed bug eradication become a part of your business model?

The return of bed bugs to the United States represents a huge revenue generating opportunity for a licensed and knowledgeable pest control contractor with an entrepreneurial sprit. These qualities coupled with our innovative bed bug eradication solution are the foundation for a very promising business unit.

Attractive Aspects of the Bed Bug Eradication Business:
  • A great way to both generate additional revenue and add a new level of creditability/expertise to your existing pest control business.
  • Accelerating, non-seasonal demand.
  • High margin, specialty service.
  • Limited number of Pest Control Professionals who are effective in bed bug eradication.
  • Barriers to entry (only Pest Control Professionals who invest in the right equipment and education will be effective in this market).

1 Potter, M., Rosenberg, B., & Henriksen, M. (2010). Bugs Without Borders – Executive Summary

2 Stuart, Hunter. "Bed Bugs Are Becoming A National Epidemic". The Huffington Post. July 22, 2010

3 Corea, Renee. "New York vs Bed Bugs". March 25, 2010

4 Parker-Pope, Tara. "The High Price of Bed Bugs". The New York Times. July 10, 2009

 
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