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PRESIDENT CLINTON LAUDS PEST CONTROL INDUSTRY FOR WORLD LEADERSHIP ROLE

 DUNN LORING, Va., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- President Clinton sent greetings to the pest control industry recognizing the 20th anniversary observance of National Pest Control Month in June.
 "Your committed profession has helped to protect our people and our economy. Indeed, America is among the world leaders in the pest control industry, due to your determined efforts and innovative methods," President Clinton stated in his message to the National Pest Control Association. "I am confident that we can continue our leadership role in this essential service through your ability to adapt to the challenges and needs of the future."
 Effective pest management practices protects the $4 trillion worth of construction in this country from wood-destroying insects. Pests have been known to transmit 15 major and hundreds of other disease- causing organisms from salmonella and dysentery to trichinosis and the plague. Without proper pest prevention, over 50 percent of our food crops would be destroyed. President Clinton concurred that "effective pest management is essential in protecting our residences, our health and our food supply."
 Pest management plays a major role in allowing us to live healthier and more comfortable lives. The pest control industry in the United States is made up of approximately 14,250 companies and does an estimated $3.8 billion a year in sales. Nationally they employ over 100,000 service technicians, office and sales people. And although the industry's total revenue is 1/10th of 1 percent of the nation's Gross National Product (GNP), the industry positively affects certain industries (agriculture, food processing, restaurants, travel, etc.) that contribute 40 percent to our GNP.
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 /CONTACT: Joel Paul, director of communications, National Pest Control Association, 703-573-8330/


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