While 63 percent of PMPs expected revenue from small fly control services to remain steady going into the next year, 35 percent said it would increase, found the 2022 PCT State of the Small Fly Control Market survey.
In follow-up interviews, PMPs who were actively growing their commercial account base were optimistic small fly revenue would increase as a result.
“As we get into more commercial, it’s definitely going to be a service that we will provide,” said Walker Pest Management’s Lucas Geer.
In 2021, the commercial market generated the most revenue for small fly control services, reported 56 percent of survey respondents.
Some PMPs said small fly problems would get worse at restaurants, bars and food service establishments due to labor shortages: Employers can’t hire enough workers to clean the facilities properly.
“That’s where we come into play, and we have to really focus on education and public awareness,” said Pest Management Systems Inc.’s Billy Tesh.