Pest control up for October 2021, index shows


December 13, 2021


The William Blair/PCO M&A Specialists Pest Index is a proprietary index of the monthly sales for 140 different U.S. pest control companies across 30 states. For October 2021, the total U.S. pest index increased 14.2 percent year-over-year.

These results are in line with those observed over the past two months. It was up 14 percent in September and 15 percent in August. On a sequential basis, the index increased 1.8 percent year-over-year from September 2021 to October 2021.

The total pest index, which was essentially flat on a sequential basis since September, also increased 14 percent year-over-year. The performance in September was driven by an acceleration in the residential index, offset by a slowdown in the commercial, termite and bed bug indices, according to William Blair Equity Researcher Tim Mulrooney.

The Residential Pest Index increased 20.7 percent year-over-year and 1.3 percent on a sequential basis. The Commercial Pest Index increased 11.5 percent year-over-year and 0.4 percent on a sequential basis. The Wood Destroying (Termite) Index increased 3.4 percent year-over-year and 4.3 percent on a sequential basis. The Bed Bug Index decreased 5.8 percent year-over-year and 4.1 percent on a sequential basis.

View the full October report and the archive of past reports at

About the William Blair/PCO M&A Specialists Pest Index

The William Blair/PCO M&A Specialists Pest Index tracks the monthly performance of 149 privately held pest control companies across 31 states with combined annual 2020 revenue of $375 million. The purpose of the report is to track the monthly performance of several different U.S. pest markets, including residential, commercial and termite. It does not include companies that sell residential pest control services door to door.


About the Author

Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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