PMP’s 2016 State of the Industry Report

November 1, 2015 | PMP Magazine

According to Pest Management Professional’s 2016 State of the Industry report, bed bugs are predicted to be the pest that makes the biggest resurgence in 2016.

2016 Predictions

Which pest do you think will make the biggest resurgence in 2016?

  1. Bed bugs
  2. Termites
  3. Odorous house ants

For the year ahead, even fewer expect a break: One respondent expected it to go down 1 percent to 4 percent, and another lone wolf predicts a decrease of 25 percent or more.

What did PMPs buy this year? At least 75 percent of you purchased bait stations, insecticides and uniforms, followed by traps and safety equipment. About 71 percent bought trucks, while 68 percent purchased computers, dusters and monitors (not the same

68 percent, of course). Spray nozzles and backpack sprayers came next, at 65 percent and 64 percent, respectively. Sixty-four percent also purchased vehicle accessories, while 63 percent bought spray guns. Granule spreaders were purchased by 59 percent of respondents, while

57 percent added bait guns and applicators to their inventory. Spray pumps (56 percent) and spray hoses (51 percent) were popular choices as well.

Less than half of you purchased the following in 2015, according to the survey:

  • Compressed air sprayers
  • Business software
  • GPS systems/software
  • Aerosol applicators
  • Green products
  • Handheld devices (personal digital assistants, etc.)
  • Hose reels
  • Foggers
  • Spray rigs
  • Subcontracted services
  • Foam machines
  • Consultants
  • Bird/Animal repellers
  • Trailers
  • Termite bait installation tools
  • Soil and tree injectors
  • Alternative fuel vehicles

For 2016's planned purchases, there were few changes from the current year's invoices. Uniforms jumped from No. 3 to No. 1, and vehicle accessories became a little more popular (No. 7, up from No. 12). Slightly more PMPs plan to purchase alternative fuel vehicles in 2016 (7 percent) than those who actually have done so in 2015 (4 percent).