Pest Control Industry Statistics

Pest Control
Industry Statistics (2023)

Pest Control
Industry Statistics (2023)

Pest Control
Industry Statistics (2023)

The pest control industry is vital in safeguarding our homes, businesses, and public spaces from pests’ nuisances and health hazards. This sector has witnessed notable expansion in recent years, driven by increasing urbanization, rising health and hygiene awareness, and stringent regulations.


As the demand for pest management services continues to grow, examining the numbers and trends shaping the pest control industry becomes crucial. Hence, our research team explored the essential statistics that shed light on the pest control industry’s size, revenue, employment, and market dynamics.

Key Findings

Table of Contents

Global Pest Control Market

U.S. Pest Control Industry Market

Selected Figures on the Pest Control Industry in the U.S.

Value of Pesticide Imports and Exports to the U.S.

Poisonings and Exposure Incidents

Number of Inquiries to the U.S. National Pesticide Information Center by Type

Table of Contents

Global Pest Control Market

U.S. Pest Control Industry Market

Selected Figures on the Pest Control Industry in the U.S.

Value of Pesticide Imports and Exports to the U.S.

Poisonings and Exposure Incidents

Number of Inquiries to the U.S. National Pesticide Information Center by Type

Global Pest Control Market

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas creating favorable conditions for pests like cockroaches, rodents, and mosquitoes due to increased food sources and habitats. As the number of people living in cities is expected to grow in the future, so is the market for pest control products and services.

Global pest control market value

Fueled by the increasing need for eco-friendly pest control solutions, the global market for pest control reached a value of $18 billion in 2018. With supportive government regulations in place, the market is anticipated to expand even further, exhibiting an increase of 58.3%, reaching $28.5 billion by 2026. 

The market value of pest control by region

The global market value of pest control varied significantly by region. North America held the highest market value at $9 billion in 2018, indicating its strong presence in the pest control industry. Europe followed with a market value of $3.4 billion, demonstrating a substantial but relatively smaller market size. 


Asia and Latin America accounted for $2.6 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively. Additionally, the Pacific region and the rest of the world shared a market value of $0.8 billion each, highlighting their comparatively smaller contributions. 

Global insecticide market value

The insecticide market worldwide experienced steady growth between 2020 and 2022. In 2020, the market value was recorded at $16.7 billion, which increased to $19.5 billion in 2022. Looking ahead, the market is expected to continue its upward trajectory.

The forecast for 2023 projects a market value of $21 billion. By 2027, it is expected to reach $28.2 billion, reflecting a significant growth trend over the seven-year period. 

Rodenticide market value worldwide

The global market value of rodenticides is projected to witness growth between 2022 and 2027. In 2022, the market value was estimated at $5.3 billion, indicating the existing demand for rodenticides worldwide. Throughout the five-year period, the market is expected to expand further.

By 2027, the market value is forecasted to reach $7.1 billion. This projected growth can be attributed to the need for effective rodent control solutions, leading to a positive market outlook in the coming years.

Insect repellent market size worldwide

The global demand for effective insect-repellent solutions drives market expansion. In 2018, the market size for insect repellent was recorded at $3.7 billion, which increased to $3.9 billion in 2019—the following years continued to witness incremental growth, with the market reaching $4 billion in 2020 and $4.2 billion in 2021.

In the future, the market is projected to maintain its upward trend. By 2023, the market size is anticipated to reach $4.6 billion, reflecting sustained growth in the insect repellent industry. This growth can be attributed to increasing awareness about the importance of protection against insect-borne diseases and a rise in outdoor activities

Body-worn insect repellent global market value

In 2020, the market value was recorded at $364.6 million, indicating the initial demand for body-worn insect-repellent products. Over seven years, the market is expected to experience significant expansion, reaching $626.4 million in 2027.

This projected growth is due to the demand for body-worn insect repellents as consumers seek products that provide long-lasting and suitable protection in maintaining public health and safety.

Mosquito-repellent global market value

In 2021, the market value was $6.9 billion, reflecting the initial demand for mosquito-repellent products. Over the course of five years, the market is projected to experience great expansion reaching $9 billion in 2026.

Insect repellent market growth worldwide by region

The insect repellent market has witnessed varying levels of growth across different regions worldwide. Data on the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the insect repellent market worldwide between 2019 and 2025 anticipate that North America‘s market experienced a significant growth rate of 8.4% between those years. Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa come second with a growth rate of 6.5%, with Asia Pacific following closely with 6.2%.

In contrast, Europe has a slightly lower projected growth rate of 3.6%, suggesting a comparatively slower market growth in the region. These regional growth trends may be influenced by factors such as climate conditions, the prevalence of insect-borne diseases, and consumer awareness about the importance of insect protection.


U.S. Pest Control Industry Market

The pest control industry is a prominent market in the United States, driven by the need for effective pest management solutions. The industry is expected to continue its growth trajectory as consumers and businesses prioritize effective pest management to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

Climate, geographic region, and local regulations play a significant role in shaping the market dynamics. As such, the market has become highly competitive, with approximately 29,535 companies offering pest control services nationwide.


Pest control industry market value in the United States

The market value of the pest control industry in the U.S. has consistently grown over the years. Starting from $14.3 million in 2012, the market value has steadily increased annually. By 2023, it is projected to reach $26.2 million, an increase of approximately 83%. This upward trend reflects the growing demand for pest control services and products in the country.

U.S. mosquito repellent market size

The U.S. mosquito repellent market has demonstrated consistent growth in market size over the years. In 2014 the market was valued at $505 million, and it is estimated to reach $1,182 million by 2025, accounting for a 134% increase since then.

Regarding products, in 2020, the vaporizer segment held the highest market share at 269 million, followed by cream & oil at 241 million, coil at 123.3 million, spray at 103.7 million, and others at 61.7 million. The trend continued in 2022, with increasing market values for all product segments, with some increasing up to 27%. By 2025, the market for cream and coil is anticipated to take up first place, followed by vaporizer, and spray.

U.S. rodenticide market size

The rising demand for rodenticide products, driven by the need to control rodent populations and mitigate their associated risks, reflects the upward trend in the U.S. rodenticide market. The market has steadily increased from $170.9 million in 2014, estimated to reach $217.4 million by 2025.

The rodenticide market in the U.S. is divided by product type: anticoagulant and non-anticoagulant rodenticides. Over the years, both segments experienced gradual increases in market size. 

By 2025, the market size for anticoagulant rodenticides is projected to reach $156.3 million, whereas non-anticoagulant rodenticides are expected to reach $61.1 million.

Most used types of insecticides in the U.S.

The distribution of the most used types of insecticides in the U.S. reveals some interesting trends. Ant and roach aerosol spray tops the list with a usage of 86.5%, indicating its widespread popularity and effectiveness in combating ant and roach infestations. 

Second is the flying insect aerosol spray at 38.4%, commonly used to target flying insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and gnats. Ant bait/trap, with a usage percentage of 34.4%, ranks third and demonstrates its effectiveness in controlling ant populations by attracting and eliminating them at their source.

Industry revenue of "exterminating and pest control services" in the U.S.

The industry revenue of “exterminating and pest control services” in the United States has shown consistent growth over the years. It has steadily increased from $9.61 billion in 2011, reaching $17.4 billion in 2023, an increase of approximately 81%.

Where are bed bugs usually found?

Pest control workers in the U.S. have encountered bed bugs in various locations, as indicated by the following percentages. Nursing homes top the list, with 59%, followed closely behind by schools and daycare (47%), office buildings (46%), and college dorms (45%).

Bed bugs have also been discovered in doctor/outpatient clinics, hospitals, transportation facilities (such as trains, buses, and taxis), retail stores, and movie theaters. These statistics highlight the widespread presence of bed bugs in various public spaces, emphasizing the need for effective pest control measures to address infestations and ensure the safety and comfort of individuals in these settings.

Selected Figures on the Pest Control Industry in the U.S.

The selected figures provide insights into the pest control industry in the United States, showcasing its growth and employment trends. From 2020 to 2023, the industry’s annual growth rate has steadily increased, from 4.2% in 2020 to the projected 7% by 2023.


In terms of the number of businesses, there has been a consistent increase over the years, with 28,849 in 2020 and an estimated 34,219 by 2023. Similarly, the number of employees in the pest control industry has also increased, with 137,309 in 2020 and an expected 167,230 by 2023. This suggests an expanding job market within the industry, creating employment opportunities for individuals nationwide. 

Value of Pesticide Imports and Exports to the U.S.

The value of pesticide exports from the United States has fluctuated over the years. In 2018, the export value amounted to $4.2 billion, significantly contributing to the country’s economy. 

However, there was a slight decline in 2019, with the export value totaling $4.1 billion. This decrease has been influenced by various factors, such as changes in market demand, international trade dynamics, or regulatory measures. Nevertheless, the pesticide export market rebounded in 2020, reaching a value of $4.4 billion

On the other hand, in 2018, the value of pesticide imports to the United States amounted to $1.3 billion, indicating a significant volume of pesticides being imported into the country. However, there was a considerable decline in 2019, with the import value totaling $1.1 billion. Still, the pesticide import market recovered in 2020, reaching a value of $1.8 billion, surpassing 2018. 

Poisonings and Exposure Incidents

This data provides insight into the following:

  • Prevalence of different substances contributing to adult poisonings
  • Importance of awareness
  • Prevention
  • Proper handling

Substances causing adult poisonings in the U.S.

The distribution of leading substances causing adult poisonings in the U.S. in 2021 reveals various categories. Analgesics accounted for 11.1% of adult poisonings, followed by Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics at 7.5% and Antidepressants at 7%.

1. Analgesics (11.1%)

2. Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics (7.4%)

3. Antidepressants (7.0%)

4. Cardiovascular Drugs (6.7%)

5. Cleaning Substances (Household) (6.2%)

6. Alcohols (4.4%)

7. Anticonvulsants (3.7%)

8. Antihistamines (3.4%)

9. Stimulants and Street Drugs (3.2%)

10. Pesticides (2.9%)

11. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products (2.9%)

12. Hormones and Hormone Antagonists (2.8%)

13. Chemicals (2.7%)

14. Fumes/Gases/Vapors (2.5%)

15. Bites and Envenomations (1.9%)

16. Antimicrobials (1.8%)

17. Gastrointestinal Preparations (1.5%)

18. Topical Preparations (1.5%)

19. Hydrocarbons (1.5%)

20. Cold and Cough Preparations (1.4%)

21. Other/Unknown Nondrug Substances (1.3%)

22. Muscle Relaxants (1.3%)

23. Infectious and Toxin-Mediated Diseases (1.3%)

24. Unknown Drug (1.2%)

25. Miscellaneous Drugs (1.2%)

Substances causing adult pediatric poisonings in the U.S.

Cosmetics/Personal Care Products accounted for 10.8% of pediatric poisonings, followed closely by Cleaning Substances (households) at 10.6%. Analgesics contributed to 8.1% of cases, while Dietary Supplements/Herbals/Homeopathic products were involved in 7% of poisonings.

1. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products (10.8%)

2. Cleaning Substances (Household) (10.6%)

3. Analgesics (8.1%)

4. Dietary Supplements/Herbals/Homeopathic (7%)

5. Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous (6.5%)

6. Vitamins (4.8%)

7. Antihistamines (4.8%)

8. Topical Preparations (4.2%)

9. Plants (3.5%)

10. Pesticides (3.2%)

11. Gastrointestinal Preparations (2.6%)

12. Cardiovascular Drugs (2.0%)

13. Electrolytes and Minerals (1.9%)

14. Arts/Crafts/Office Supplies (1.7%)

15. Cold and Cough Preparations (1.7%)

16. Antimicrobials (1.6%)

17. Stimulants and Street Drugs (1.6%)

18. Hormones and Hormone Antagonists (1.6%)

19. Deodorizers (1.5%)

20. Essential Oils (1.5%)

21. Antidepressants (1.3%)

22. Chemicals (1.2%)

23. Other/Unknown Nondrug Substances (1.1%)

24. Tobacco/Nicotine/eCigarette Products (1.1%)

25. Alcohols (1%)

Rodenticide poisonings in the U.S.

The number of rodenticide poisonings in the U.S. remained relatively consistent between 2020 and 2021. In 2020, there were 8,362 reported cases of rodenticide poisonings, slightly increasing to 8,515 cases in 2021.

Rodenticide poisonings in the U.S. can be classified into several types based on the specific rodenticide involved. The most prevalent type is Long-Acting Anticoagulant Rodenticides, accounting for 3,227 cases. These rodenticides are commonly used for their delayed effect, leading to lethal hemorrhaging in rodents.

The second most common type is Unknown Types of Rodenticide, with 2,338 cases. This indicates instances where the specific type of rodenticide could not be determined or was not disclosed. Bromethalin Rodenticides account for 1,293 cases and are known for their acute toxicity, causing neurological symptoms in rodents.

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Number of Inquiries to the U.S. National Pesticide Information Center by Type

The National Pesticide Information Center is a resource for individuals seeking information and guidance regarding pesticide-related matters. According to the latest data available, in terms of specific pesticide information, there were 4,178 inquiries in a year, indicating significant demand for detailed information about particular pesticides. Similarly, general pesticide inquiries accounted for 4,129 cases, reflecting a considerable interest in obtaining broader knowledge about pesticides. 

The category of “Incidents” received 1,795 inquiries, suggesting instances where individuals may have encountered issues or incidents related to pesticide use. Additionally, 248 inquiries were categorized as “Other- non-pesticide,” which could pertain to inquiries about non-pesticide substances or topics not directly related to pesticides.


The Bottom Line

The pest control industry statistics provide valuable insights into the market’s growth, trends, and impact. The industry has witnessed consistent growth, increasing market value, revenue, and businesses. Additionally, these statistics demonstrate the industry’s significance and the continuous efforts to address pest-related challenges effectively.