Pest Industry Survey Asks “What’s Bugging America?”

Springfield, VA – Tolerance may be a virtue, but not one that’s widely shared by Americans when it comes to dealing with pests. That’s the finding of a consumer survey released by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

“People simply hate pests and with good reason. Pests carry disease; they cause damage to homes and buildings, plus, they can be a real nuisance,” says Brian Delaney, president of the Springfield, VA based ProTech Pest Control.” This national consumer survey demonstrates just how strongly people react to pests and gives us a chance to remind consumers that the best place to turn for help is the pest management professional. PMPs are trained and certified to not only correctly identify pests but also use the most effective means to eliminate them.”

According to the national survey, more than 90% of those questioned acknowledged that they would be “bothered a lot” by the presence of cockroaches, ticks, fleas, termites, rats or mice in their homes. Cockroaches were cited as the most bothersome by 96% of respondents, followed by ticks or fleas (95%), then termites, rats and mice, all registering a healthy 94% among consumers who find them a problem.

Seven out of 10 Americans correctly identified termites as the most damaging pest to homes and buildings. Not surprisingly, given the destructive nature of termites, they also led the list of pests that would prompt consumers to turn to a pest management professional for help in ridding their homes of the troublesome pests – 87% would seek professional help with termites compared to only 10% who would try to handle the problem themselves.

With warm temperatures here to stay, PMPs are geared up for the busy pest control season, which has been known to start as early as late February in parts of Virginia.

Roper Starch Worldwide conducted the random telephone survey of 1,000 adults in the U.S. for NPMA. For more information about pests and pest management, contact ProTech Pest Control at 703-440-8000 or visit the ProTech website at

ProTech Pest Control is a professional pest management organization serving the following areas:

Springfield Branch: City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Arlington County, Fairfax County

Fredericksburg Branch: Caroline County, Culpeper County, Fauquier County, King George County, Louisa County, Orange County, Prince William County, Rappahannock County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County

Winchester/Leesburg Branch: City of Leesburg, City of Winchester, Clarke County, Frederick County, VA, Loudoun County, Shenandoah County, Warren County, Berkeley Springs, WV, Charles Town, WV, Martinsburg, WV, Berkeley County, WV, Jefferson County, WV, Morgan County, WV

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