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A Pest Control Company Is An Essential Business

Yes!  Pest Control companies are considered Essential Business by the Department of Homeland Security under Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services. Insect and rodents carry diseases that can be harmful, if not fatal to some people and pets, so they must be controlled or eliminated from your home.  Since, pest control is a matter of public health, they are an essential business. Bricker Pest Control is open and operating during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Residential and Commercial

Pest Control is not only essential for homes, but for commercial properties as well.  Restaurants, hotels, apartments, government agencies, etc. all need to have proper pest control measures in place to keep our food and supply chains safe from infection and disease.  Agricultural uses of pest control is also considered an essential business under the Food and Agriculture classification by the Department of Homeland Security.

Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes in Texas are common carriers of several diseases including the well-known Zika Virus, which can cause birth defects in babies born to infected mothers.  Viruses known to be carried by mosquitoes can infect both people and pets and can be deadly to horses. Other diseases include Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE). Eastern Equine Encephalitis is one of the most dangerous diseases spread by mosquitoes in Texas and has a mortality rate as high as 33% and causes significant brain damage in survivors. There is no vaccine for humans, so prevention is the best option.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not known to carry disease, but do inflict pain and negative physical reactions in their victims.  Effects can range from no reaction to severe allergic reactions around the bites. Secondary reactions including skin and lymphatic infections can also occur.  Perhaps, the most pervasive problem is the anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia that can occur in those living in infected homes.


Cockroaches can contaminate food with bacteria that can be passed to humans including salmonella and pseudomonas aeruginosa. They are attracted to food, so keeping them out of your home, school, or restaurant is a big health priority.

Services like Bricker Pest Control of Columbus, TX are essential to keeping these pests out of your home or business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Pest Control companies essential businesses?

Yes.  The Department of Homeland Security considers pest control as essential due to their public health and services impact.

Who has deemed Pest Control essential?

The Department of Homeland Security under Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services and Agriculture and Food designations. Pest control is an essential part of keeping our society safe from harm and infection.

What pests should I be concerned about?

Mosquitoes, bed bugs, cockroaches, and rodents are known to carry many diseases or impact those with infestations the most.  Keeping these pests out of your home or business is very important to your health and well-being.

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