The Opportunity

The bed bug problem is accelerating at an alarming rate. Bed bugs are attacking homes, apartments, dorms, hotels, stores, theaters, airplanes, and virtually every other venue where people congregate. This growing problem is here to stay and has many experts worried. According to Michael Potter, professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, “This is going to be one of the most serious pest issues of our generation.”

Bed bugs have become increasingly resistant to chemicals. Thus, many eradication efforts require multiple treatments and ultimately prove fruitless. By using heat, which has been repeatedly proven to kill bed bugs and their eggs in all developmental stages, Quest has developed a system that is quick, effective, and profitable for the Pest Management Professional.

According to the 2015 Bugs Without Borders Executive Summary, the National Pest Management Association states wherever there are people – bedbugs are still being found. Currently, more than 90% of pest control professionals (PCPs) have treated bedbugs in apartments, condominiums and single-family homes and about three quarters of PCPs reported treating infestations in hotels and motels. Since 2013, incidences of infestation have also increased in places like nursing homes, office buildings, and even on public transportation. Occurrences have also been recorded in shelters, college dorms, day-care centers, health care facilities, stores, libraries, and movie theaters.

2015 bedbug statistics are listed below:

  • Nursing homes – 58 percent (46 percent in 2013)
  • Office buildings – 45 percent (36 percent in 2013)
  • Schools and day care centers – 43 percent (41 percent in 2013)
  • Hospitals – 36 percent (33 percent in 2013)
  • Doctor’s offices/outpatient facilities – 33 percent (26 percent in 2013)
  • Transportation (train/bus/taxi) – 29 percent (21 percent in 2013)
  • Retail stores – 20 percent (15 percent in 2013)
  • Movie theaters – 16 percent (10 percent in 2013) 1

1 The 2015 NPMA/University of Kentucky Bed Bug Survey: Executive Summary By Michael F. Potter, Ph.D., Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., and Missy Henriksen. Retrieved from

Should bed bug eradication become a part of your business model?

The return of bed bugs to the United States represents a huge revenue generating opportunity for a licensed and knowledgeable pest control contractor with an entrepreneurial sprit. These qualities coupled with our innovative bed bug eradication solution are the foundation for a very promising business unit.

Attractive Aspects of the Bed Bug Eradication Business:

  • A great way to both generate additional revenue and add a new level of creditability/expertise to your existing pest control business.
  • Accelerating, non-seasonal demand.
  • High margin, specialty service.
  • Limited number of Pest Control Professionals who are effective in bed bug eradication.
  • Barriers to entry (only Pest Control Professionals who invest in the right equipment and education will be effective in this market).

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Entomologist Kevin Hurley

Kevin Hurley