West Nile virus has come on strong this year, leading to an uptick in business for pest control companies.
A recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association revealed that 54 percent of Americans are worried about the West Nile virus, a potentially deadly disease that can be transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
In addition, the survey found that 22 percent of respondents took more steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes than in previous years.
“This year’s unprecedented West Nile Virus epidemic and the alarming amount of fatalities are worrisome for health and pest experts alike,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs at the NPMA. “Our members have received increased calls from homeowners to assist them with mosquito elimination in their back yards and this survey clearly shows the elevated concern experienced by much of the American population. The good news is that mosquito activity will naturally decrease over the next few weeks as the weather cools in much of the country and adult mosquitoes die off.”
The NPMA is currently in transition mode as its executive vice president, Rob Lederer, announced his resignation after 17 years of leading the organization. The resignation is effective immediately and was announced by NPMA President Laura Simpson during a conference call with the association’s board of directors.
Mike Rottler, president of a pest control company, told PCT that news of Lederer’s resignation came as a shock.