Summary of our market study

The global pest control market has been experiencing significant growth, with its value reaching $24.6 billion in 2022 and projected to exceed $40 billion by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 5.7%. Urbanization, public health concerns, and the effects of climate change are driving the demand for pest control services. Major international players like Anticimex, BASF SE, and Bayer AG dominate the market, which is segmented by pest types and control methods, with the chemical segment being the most widely used despite environmental concerns.

In France, the market followed a similar upward trend, with an estimated €888.2 million in 2022, influenced by increased rat interventions, up by 35% to 6.4 million in 2022. Bedbugs have emerged as a particular problem, with a 65% increase in disinfection interventions during the summer of 2023 compared to 2022. The industry is heavily unionized and regulated in France, with over two-thirds of CS3D member companies not holding European certification, indicating a strong local focus.

Pest control costs for households can be substantial, averaging €581 in 2022, with bedbugs being the most costly and difficult to eradicate.

Trends in the French Pest Control Market

Major cities like Paris have seen a rise in pest-related issues, compelling local authorities to initiate extensive pest control measures. The escalation of bedbug incidences has been notably disruptive, inciting widespread anxiety and stimulating market activity. In fact, interventions against pests like rats soared remarkably by 35% in 2021, totaling an unprecedented 6.4 million operations, surpassing interventions for all other pest categories combined. People under 34, specifically, reported a higher frequency of pest encounters, particularly with bedbugs, which have become the most costly and challenging to eradicate.

Legislation and regulations, such as the European Biocides Directive, aFNOR standard U 43-500, and the Reach regulation, govern the industry and reflect a strong commitment to health, safety, and environmental stewardship. France's Chambre Syndicale 3D, the sector's representative body, has been pushing for European certifications to ensure that domestic companies meet EU-wide standards and can attract significant business within Europe.

In conclusion, these trends in the French pest control market indicate a robust sector responding to increasing demand due to urbanization, climate change, and public health concerns. With interventions on the rise, particularly concerning rodents and bedbugs, the industry is adapting to meet the challenges head-on, ensuring the public's health and comfort are adequately protected.

Titans of the Pest Control Arena: A Look at the Leading Companies Shaping the Industry

The pest control market features a fascinating tapestry of players, each bringing its own expertise and unique approach to combating the array of pests that challenge public health and safety. Among the vanguard, several international groups cast a long shadow, either by specializing in pest control or by offering a diverse range of related services.

  • Anticimex: Originating from the Swedish word for "Anti Bedbugs," Anticimex has carved out a niche as a specialist within the pest control industry. It's a name synonymous with expertise in battling a creature that has seen a significant resurgence in recent years: the bedbug. The foundation of Anticimex's reputation is built upon their innovative approaches and steadfast dedication to controlling this insidious pest.
  • BASF SE: This German chemical titan, known for producing a wide array of products from ammonia to fertilizers and pharmaceuticals, also has a hand in the pest control pie. BASF brings the might of chemical manufacturing to the battle against pests, providing solutions that keep infestations at bay.
  • Bayer AG: Also hailing from Germany, Bayer stands as a beacon of diversified activity within the field. Not limited to pest control, its vast repository of knowledge spans various sectors, including healthcare. Nonetheless, Bayer's contributions to managing pests are significant and leverage their expansive resources and research capabilities.
  • Ecolab : With its base in the United States, Ecolab brings a robust approach to pest management, focusing on hygiene and sanitation solutions. Their work underscores the crucial link between cleanliness and pest control, demonstrating that preventive measures are just as vital as reactive ones.
  • Rollins Inc : Rollins represents the epitome of American entrepreneurship in the pest control sector, featuring a brand that is often at the forefront of technological advances and customer service in the market. Their strength lies in a network of companies that are able to provide localized, tailored services to customers across different regions.
  • Syngenta AG : From Switzerland, Syngenta AG boasts a global presence in the pesticide market, making contributions through chemical solutions that target a broad spectrum of invasive species. Their work is shaped by an understanding of agriculture and the critical need to keep crops safe from the relentless threat of pests

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1 Market overview

1.1 Market definition and scope

A harmful species is an organism that causes damage to crops, or whose activities are considered harmful to public health and/or various human activities (agriculture, fish farming, game management, forestry, etc.). Harmful effects can manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from crop destruction to public health problems. In France, the pest control sector is known as the 3D sector (disinfection, disinsectisation and deratting) and includes all the players in these different segments, from pest control product manufacturers to distributors, trainers, hygienic applicators, quality inspectors, etc.

The global pest control market, valued at $24.6 billion in 2022, is booming and set to grow at a CAGR of 5.7% through to 2032. This is due to the increase in the world's population and the numerous migrations from rural to urban areas, which create favorable conditions for the proliferation of pests. Global warming is also contributing to the increase in pest numbers, as winters are milder and therefore less deadly for many species. The global market is dominated by large international groups, either specialized in pest control (such as Anticimex) or with a much broader field of activity (such as Bayer).

The French market is also booming for the same reasons, with a 5.35% increase in value in 2022 compared to 2021. Current events in the sector are marked by numerous bedbug attacks in public places such as hotels, trains and the metro (even if the facts have not yet been confirmed by SNCF and RATP). In 2022, there will also be a significant increase in the number of interventions against rats: a total of 6.4 million (+35% on 2021), more than all other interventions against the different types of pests combined.

The market is segmented between products sold to private individuals, who wish to treat their own pest problems, and professional companies, who offer their services to rid private individuals or commercial structures of pests. These two methods have very different costs and success rates.

The 3D market, which is highly regulated, is currently seeing a concentration of players and is beginning to open up more and more internationally, starting with Europe, which could revolutionize the sector in France.

1.2 Global market

The global pest control market was valued at $**.* billion in ****. It is expected to exceed $** billion within ** years, growing at a CAGR of *.*%.

Global pest control market size projections World, **** - ****, in $ billions Source: ****

The growth of the global pest control market is mainly due to the increasing urban population and ...

1.3 French market

The French disinfection, disinsectisation and deratting market is identified by NAF code **.**A, so we can calculate the size of this market. To do this, we take the market's sales in **** (***) and multiply them by the annual sales indices to find out the sales for each year.

Size of the French ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 The French and pests

In August ****, IPSOS carried out a survey for the Badbugs.fr website on a sample of *,*** respondents. We're going to use the results of this survey to find out how the French deal with pests.

Pests are a major problem that has been growing steadily for many years. In ****, **% of French ...

2.2 Pest control operations increasingly in demand

In ****, rat removal operations increased by **% to *.* million, a sign of the proliferation of rodents[***]. Rats are the most common species, far ahead of mice and weasels. The number of interventions against rodents in **** is greater than all other interventions against the different types of pests combined.

Number of interventions by ...

2.3 Bedbugs, the new scourge

After a notable disappearance in the ****s, bedbugs are experiencing a resurgence in France, mainly due to international travel and their increased resistance to insecticides. According to a report published in July **** by the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail (***), **% of French households were ...

2.4 Hornets, wasps, mosquitoes: summer's great enemies

Wasps and hornets:

In ****, there were almost ***,*** interventions against wasps and hornets, making them the *ᵉ most combated pest species after rats and bedbugs (***)[***].

The high presence of wasps and hornets in summer can be explained by rising temperatures and the biological cycles of these species. In spring, the queen builds her ...

3 Market structure

3.1 A growing number of players

The pest control market is divided between several players: companies that individuals call on when they need professional treatment, and players who market products that individuals can buy in supermarkets, specialist stores or on the Internet to use themselves.

NAF code **.**A groups together companies in the pest control sector, so ...

3.2 Unionized professions with a strong focus on France

At December **, ****, the Chambre Syndicale had a total of *** members. This breaks down into *** service providers, ** associate members (***), and * members of the canine detection college. In fiscal ****, the Board of Directors accepted ** new memberships, while ** companies chose not to renew their membership[***].

In Europe, product regulation is thought out on a ...

3.3 A wide range of professions

The *D (***) market is not confined to the professions of pest control and rodent control. It also includes various other professional roles, such as:

manufacturers ; quality inspectors ; chemists ; hygienist applicators logisticians ; distributors and sales managers; corporate communication specialists.

Hygienic technicians, often referred to as applicators, are responsible for managing pest populations ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 High processing costs

The average total cost spent by households to get rid of pests was €*** in ****, according to an IPSOS survey for Badbugs.fr. This sum breaks down as follows.

Breakdown of the average total cost of removing pests from your home France, ****, in € Source: ****

Collateral damage includes discarded furniture and damaged objects. ...

4.2 An unsatisfactory service

According to the same IPSOS survey conducted for Badbugs.fr, it takes an average of *.* months to eradicate a pest from your home. However, there are significant differences depending on the type of treatment used. For example, **% of respondents were able to get rid of the pest in less than a ...

4.3 A wide range of prices, which are likely to take off

There are many different product ranges, so it's difficult to estimate average prices. However, as a guide, the table below summarizes the best-selling products on the Hygiene*D website.

Source: ****

Prices for products used in pest control have begun to rise since the energy crisis at the end of ****, and this ...

4.4 Average prices for professional operations

When "homemade" treatments don't work, which is relatively often the case according to *.*, you need to call in the professionals. The costs of such operations vary enormously, depending on accessibility (***).

5 Regulations

5.1 Regulations for industry professionals

CS*D is guided by regulations such as:

the European Biocides Directive, which concerns the marketing of biocides and their use, with the aim of protecting humans, animals and materials against harmful organisms, such as vermin and bacteria, through the action of the active substances present in these products. This regulation ...

5.2 Obligations for restaurateurs

The Plan de Maîtrise Sanitaire(***) is a compulsory scheme for restaurateurs, designed to guarantee the hygiene and safety of their products against biological, chemical and physical threats, including pests. The program is based on three key pillars:

a prerequisite program, which establishes the initial hygiene measures needed to maintain food ...

6 Positioning the players

6. Segmentation

  • Ecolab
  • Rentokil Initial
  • Elis Groupe
  • Avipur
  • Anticimex
  • JG Pest Control
  • Killgerm
  • As de Pic
  • A3S
  • APA
  • AC2000
  • Eficium
  • Anolys
  • Tech-Way
  • A3DS
  • Abioxir
  • A2DEF
  • Paredes Orapi
  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Germitec
  • Lodi Group

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BASF: the Ludwigshafen giant sinks into crisis - 22/01/2024
  • BASF profits: 45% fall between 2022 and 2023.
  • BASF earnings before interest and taxes in 2023: 3.8 billion euros.
  • BASF sales in 2023: €68.9 billion, a decline of 20%.
  • Proposed transaction: sale of Wintershall Dea to Harbour Energy for approximately $2.15 billion.
A new BASF boss to tackle a number of mammoth projects - 21/12/2023
  • BASF employs around 111,000 people
  • BASF is currently cutting 2,600 jobs
  • BASF has sales of €87.3 billion, but profits have fallen by 40%.
  • BASF has embarked on a far-reaching restructuring program that extends to its three main business sectors: crop protection, battery materials and coatings.
  • Construction of a new €10 billion site in China.
  • BASF generates 45% of its sales in Europe.
Historic turn at German giant BASF | BASF pivots towards the future - 08/12/2023
  • BASF is the world's largest chemical company, with 111,000 employees.
  • The group generated sales of 87.3 billion euros.
  • BASF makes three main activities commercially independent: crop protection, battery materials and coatings.
  • 230 production sites worldwide.
  • The world's largest chemical complex, with around 40,000 employees, is located in Ludwigshafen in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Chemicals in the midst of a recovery, Bayer considers spin-offs - 09/11/2023
  • Bayer sales: Close to 50 billion euros.
  • Date on which Bayer will make a decision on the demerger of its entities: March 2024.
  • Loss of value of the Bayer Group in five years: 40%.
  • Bayer weighed down by falling glyphosate sales
Bayer's glyphosate sales plummet - 25/07/2023
  • Full-year sales for the current financial year are forecast at between 48.5 and 49.5 billion euros.
  • Bayer acquired the US group Monsanto in 2018 for over 63 billion euros.
  • Bayer shares have lost half their value since 2018.
Hygiene: Paredes launches into soap and ozonated water - 28/06/2023
  • Supplier of health and hygiene products for communities and industry
  • The Paredes plant in Genas currently employs 650 people.
  • Ehpad operator Domidep has ordered 150 Paredes Blue Lab devices.
  • The company's share of online sales is set to rise from 25% today to over 33% in 2023.
  • The industrial part of the business, which includes the Genas plant and the Lucca plant in Tuscany, accounts for a quarter of the company's revenues. The remainder comes from sales.

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Ecolab
Rentokil Initial
Elis Groupe
Avipur
Anticimex
JG Pest Control
Killgerm
As de Pic
A3S
APA
AC2000
Eficium

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