Cleaning up: Public-sector outsourcing and necessary services have supported steady growth

The industry has benefited from favourable conditions over the past five years. Councils increasingly outsourced pest control services to industry operators, as they struggled to cope with government spending cuts, which enhanced demand. The majority of local authorities now use private firms to fulfil their public health obligations. Meanwhile, changes to many people’s way of life have helped to encourage pests. Rising international travel is supporting the spread of bedbugs and increases in housing density are making it easier for pests to spread from one site to another. Firms that manufacture, store or sell food have been forced to maintain anti-pest measures because of their legal obligation to protect public more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Higher business spending and increased public-sector outsourcing boosted growth
  • A rising rat population, more resistant to traditional methods, has increased demand
  • The use of second-generation anticoagulants has led to a framework stewardship involving training and checks
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The industry has performed well over the past five years. Many councils have outsourced their pest control operations to private companies and stopped providing free or subsidised services, with strong demand for private companies meaning industry revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 3.2% over the five years through 2018-19 to reach £463.5 million. Food-related businesses are required by law to maintain certain hygiene standards, which also helped support demand for services from pest control firms. In addition, the increase in the number of food-related businesses operating in the United Kingdom expanded the need for pest control services and contributed positively. Man...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Pest Control Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Pest Control Industry are

  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Ability to vary services to suit different needs
  • Having a high prior success rate (including completed prior contracts)
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from non-hazardous waste collection and Real household disposable income in the Pest Control industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Pest Control Industry?

    Companies in the industry provide disinfecting services. They also exterminate insects and other pests and offer fumigation services. The industry does not cover the control of agricultural pests.

    Industry Products
  • Rat control
  • Mouse control
  • Wasp control
  • Other insect control
  • Other mammal and bird control
  • Disinfection
  • Industry Activities
  • Disinfecting buildings and vehicles
  • Exterminating insects, rodents and other pests
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from non-hazardous waste collection
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from takeaway and fast-food restaurants
  • Average maximum temperature
  • Public concern over environmental issues

  • Current Performance
  • Demand widens
  • Infestations increase
  • Industry developments
  • Margins under pressure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Regulatory changes
  • Pest numbers increase
  • Potential developments
  • Table: Pest Control Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Pest Control Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Hotels
  • Full-Service Restaurants
  • Estate Agents
  • Hospitals
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Product Wholesaling
  • Hardware, Plumbing & Heating Equipment Wholesaling
  • Organic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Pesticide & Other Agrochemical Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Rat control
  • Wasp control
  • Mouse control
  • Other insect control
  • Disinfection
  • Other mammal and bird control
  • Chart: Pest Control Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Food manufacturers
  • Food-service firms and hotels
  • Institutions and the government
  • Offices, shops and other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pest Control Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pest Control

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pest Control Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Rentokil Initial plc, Ecolab Limited,
  • Table: Rentokil Initial plc - financial performance
  • Table: Ecolab Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pest Control Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Pest Control Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A pesticide designed to target ticks and mites.
  • Bedbugs
  • Small parasitic insects that infect temperate regions, particularly beds, and feed on human blood.
  • Fumigation
  • The process of subjecting an area to smoke or fumes to disinfect it or exterminate pests.
  • Rodenticide
  • Rodenticides are non-specific pest control chemicals made and sold for the purpose of killing rodents.
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