Strong demand creates opportunities in pest control sector

The pest-control sector is driven by strong demand.

To understand the demand for pest-control services and products, you only have to look at the experience in the health sector. In 2014, the HSE spent over €450,000 on pest-control services in public hospitals, health centres and other facilities throughout Ireland. The money was paid to specialist companies contracted to monitor and respond to any signs of activity by pests, such as rodents or insects. In the past year, the HSE has dealt with 4,000 infestation callouts across Dublin alone, with an accumulation of waste the catalyst for rat problems. Demand such as this is creating opportunities for Irish pest control companies to grow.

Best seller

The Little Nipper celebrates its 120th anniversary this year.

Pest-Stop is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading manufacturers and suppliers for home and garden pest control products. It has an extensive range that includes one of the best-selling rodent traps, the Little Nipper, which will celebrate its 120th anniversary this year. The pest-control market in the UK is currently in the midst of a change in the law of how rodenticides are bought and used for consumer use (see panel on UK rodenticide legislation). Pest-Stop has carefully designed a brand new, highly-effective product range ahead of that new legislation coming into effect.


The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD), the European Directive aimed at reducing the health and environmental risks related to plant protection products (PPPs), has been in place in Ireland since 2015.

The SUD focuses on four key requirements:

  • training and registration;
  • storage and display;
  • advice; and
  • record-keeping.

PPPs are categorised as either for professional or for non-professional/amateur use. Professional-use products may only be used by farmers, landscapers, etc. These individuals must be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Amateur-use products are products that can be used in a home-garden situation. There is no restriction on use and no requirement for such users to be registered with the DAFM. Categorisation of products may be checked at


The way that rodenticides are bought and sold for general use in the UK is changing. Under the new ruling all anticoagulant rodenticides are due to change from an active concentration limit of 50 parts per million (ppm), to under 30ppm. Therefore, all 50ppm rodenticide products, which are currently on sale to trade customers and the general public in the UK will no longer be allowed. The last day 50ppm labels can be sold in the UK is 28th February, 2018.