Recession, what recession?

In today’s time of economic slowdowns, the stock markets downward spiral and families across America tightening their belts one sector seems to be thriving.
Food is in abundance, housing choices are no problem with new residences popping up every day. Old obstacles are slowly being removed that used to hold this group down clearing the path for population growth and a surge in freedom to pick and choose where and how they’ll live..

What sector you ask?

Why the pest populace of course. It seems that all kinds of businesses are feeling the pinch these days and the pest control industry is no exception. Households are cutting back to save money and it seems the bug guy is now on their list. Rats, mice, roaches and fleas now seem to have free run without those pesky ol exterminators around to hinder their pursuit of happiness. Populations of rodents and insects are beginning to explode in the northern states and reports of out of control infestations in other parts of the country are on the rise as well. While commercial establishments still need the pest control company’s, home owners have lumped pest services in with the luxury items and so they’re doing without.
I suppose homeowners are in the do it yourself mode trying to squeeze every dime they can. Interest in web resources such as this one are on the rise and local ‘u kill em’ stores seem to be increasing in sales. Most homeowners however, are doing nothing at all. Whether they are procrastinators or the task is to daunting pests are allowed to build up in these homes and soon I’m afraid they’ll have no choice but to hire someone or breakdown and “DIY”.
It has been said that pest control is a recession proof business. With the way things have been shaping up lately I guess we’ll be putting that to the test. In the meantime feel free to glean all the knowledge you can from these articles and ‘ask the bug doctor’ for any specific details you’re not sure about. We’d be delighted if you spread the word about to your friends who may have needs in this area or suggest a problem for a new article you may want to know more about. As always, if the bugs get out of hand, please call in a pro. More times than not they can do it faster and at less expense while offering at least a service guarantee you can fall back on.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • I have seen homes who have had pest problems cut their service due to the economy and then receive a call a few months later asking us to come back and the problem is even worse then before.

    Karl the BugMan
    EnviroCare Pest Solutions
    Columbus, Ohio

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    That’s an unfortunate reality for alot of companies, the good news is YOU must be doing a good job because they knew who to trust when the bugs were to much. Do you offer incentives in the meantime? or send out reminder cards or call? It works for some people real well.

  • no incentives needed. Actually I would end up charging them more money cause of the new contract.

    Karl the BugMan
    EnviroCare Pest Solutions
    Columbus, Ohio