FAIRFAX, Va. – New research, “Exploring America’s #1 Nuisance Pest,” conducted by the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) 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 industry survey of U.S. pest professionals found that 100 percent of all respondents treated ant infestations in the past year, and the majority believe that infestations are on the rise. Carpenter ants, odorous house ants and pavement ants are reported to be the most prevalent species treated.
“Ants are no doubt the most common pest problem for consumers,” said Missy Henriksen, executive director of PPMA. “Taking the pulse of the industry’s current experiences with ants will give us powerful insights into ant trends and reveal valuable new statistics and messages to share with our consumer audiences. As PPMA works to promote the industry among consumer audiences, we also strive to provide our members with valuable information, such as these results, to better communicate with their customers.”
The survey results are being shared with consumers through extensive media outreach, as well as online at www.Pestworld.org. Here are a few key highlights from “Exploring America’s #1 Nuisance Pest”:
- 100 percent of participating pest professionals treated ant infestations in 2011.
- Carpenter ants (66%), odorous house ants (62%) and pavement ants (59%) were treated most often, and infestations were most common in office buildings (88%), restaurants (83%), apartments and condos (82%), and single-family homes (80%).
- More than 5 out of 10 (54%) of pest professionals claim ant infestations are on the rise. Reasons behind the rise in ant infestations include an increase in moisture (27%), changing pest control practices (22%) and new species (44%).
- While one out of three pest professionals(33%) considers ants the most difficult pest to control, nine out of ten agree that IPM is an effective method of controlling ants.
PPMA has a full line of industry and consumer research and complete survey results areavailable to PPMA Guardians and Contributors via www.PPMATools.org. The executive summary of results is available for all NPMA members at www.NPMAPestworld.org.