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A WORLD WITHOUT PEST CONTROL WOULD INDEED BE A VERY DIFFERENT WORLD

A WORLD WITHOUT PEST CONTROL WOULD INDEED BE A VERY DIFFERENT WORLD
 DUNN LORING, Va., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- It seems that just about everything nowadays -- what we eat, drink, breathe and wear -- is a risk. Or, it would seem. The public is being bombarded with information from certain segments of our society who are more interested in influencing public opinion than presenting facts and data from reputable scientific sources.
 For instance, a world without pest control ... would indeed be a very different world.
 Food Shortages and Health Risks
 According to Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, banning pest control materials would inevitably lead to increased food costs and food shortages. Additionally, insect and rodent transmitted diseases would become commonplace and pose serious health risks.
 As a result of modern pest control programs, the United States experiences food losses of just 9 percent, compared to 40-50 percent in underdeveloped countries. A 10 percent drop in our food production may cause retail prices to increase 7.5 to 15 percent, and that's an additional $42 to a family's food bill.
 The loss of certain pest control materials could allow an alarming resurgence of pest borne diseases in the United States. Lyme disease, for example, debilitated an estimated 8,000 people last year; Malaria affected approximately 1,000 people in 1991. The common housefly transmits more than 65 human and animal diseases; and cockroaches, the number one pest in the country, can carry at least three kinds of disease-causing bacteria and is a reputed allergen.
 Today Vs. Yesteryear
 Who under the age of 40 has suffered the shame of body lice or been bitten by a bedbug? Because of pest control, we no longer have to share our home with various insects and rodents.
 In short, a world without pest control means a return to a yesteryear when insects were an unpleasant fact of life and pest- transmitted disease ravaged the country. A world without pest control...would indeed be a very different world.
 Protecting Food, Health, Property and the Environment
 Pest control is a $3.5 billion a year industry. The 14,500 pest control firms nationwide annually service more than 12 million homes, 288,000 retail food establishments, 480,000 commercial restaurants and kitchens, and 66,000 hotels and motels.
 For national and local spokespersons on pest control and other related topics, and the industry's role in society -- protecting food, health, property and the environment -- contact the National Pest Control Association.
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 /CONTACT: Joel Paul of National Pest Control Association, 703-573-8330/ CO: National Pest Control Association ST: Virginia IN: SU:


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