Industry up 11 percent in March, per Blair/PCO M&A Specialists index


May 8, 2023

Logo: PCO Bookkeepers & M&A SpecialistsThe William Blair/PCO M&A Specialists Pest Index is a proprietary compilation of the monthly sales for 158 different U.S. pest control companies across 36 states. For March, increased 11 percent year-over-year in March, in line with the long-term average growth rate of 11 percent.

“The total pest index has decelerated two months in a row, primarily due to a slowdown in the Residential Pest Index,” William Blair Equity Researcher Tim Mulrooney said in the news release. “However, we continue to characterize the overall market as healthy, showing double-digit year-over-year growth on top of two years (2021 and 2022) of unprecedented growth.”

The March result was primarily due to an acceleration in the residential pest and commercial pest indices:

  • The Residential Pest Index increased 12 percent year-over-year.
  • The Commercial Pest Index increased 16 percent year-over-year.
  • The Termite Index increased 5 percent year-over-year.
  • The Bed Bug Index increased 3 percent year-over-year.
  • The Mosquito Index increased 12 percent year-over-year.

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So far in 2023, the industry was up 12 percent in February and 17 percent in January, per the index. As of February, the index remains slightly above the long-term historical average growth rate of 11 percent.

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

The William Blair/PCO M&A Specialists Pest Index tracks the monthly performance of 158 privately held pest control companies across 36 states with combined annual 2022 revenue of $538 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 residential door-to-door companies. Dan Gordon, CPA, who is a partner in PCO Bookkeepers & M&A Specialists, is also Pest Management Professional’s financial columnist.


About the Author

Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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