Thoughts on Essential Services from a Pest Control Provider

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I was driving past a Best Buy the other day – a great retail store I’m sure 99.9% of the people reading this are familiar with. We are many weeks past the shelter in place orders from the state. Most people have their home offices set up and ready to go at this point, yet the line to get into the store was wrapping around the sides of the building nearly a month into Stay-At-Home orders!

“What gives,” I thought to myself, on my way to make efforts to extract a rat from a historic Boston-area hotel lobby. “What could be so essential for those customers inside that store?”


Essential is a powerful word:
"Can't live without. Must have. Needed to sustain life."

Essential is a powerful word. I’ll spare you all from the dictionary definition – feel free to take on the exercise on your own – but when I try to stick it with a definition from the top of my head: “Can’t live without. Must have. Needed to sustain life.”

Best Buy doesn’t jump out at me as essential, but the reality is, Best Buy staying open makes life a lot easier for all of us. Everyone is working from home, and Best Buy sells those products making that pursuit feasible: Web cams, monitors, internet tools, etc. But "essential?" I’m not so sure…. I wonder what Best Buy employees think about when they get up and go to work each day. Happy to have a job? Probably. Afraid of exposure to Covid-19? Probably as well. 

As we journey on through this great global horror it’s important that we stop and think about what really is essential in our world. In pest control, we talk about the essential building blocks for life: Food. Water. Shelter. Take one of these away and the critter in question fails to exist. I don’t think Best Buy makes that cut…

That said, the reality remains many brave people are getting up and going to work every day, who might very well want to stay home – and they probably should. 


Pestex is proud to be an essential service provider and is here for our customers, come hell or high water.

Pestex is a pest control company protecting the facilities, homes, and business that have all been deemed Essential, as well as those that have been deemed non-essential. Doctors’ offices and hospitals cannot have pest infestations. Homes and businesses cannot have pest infestations. Food production facilities and restaurants cannot have pest infestations! Be it a global pandemic, natural disaster, or other calamity – pest control services always have been, and always will be, an essential service – and we are damn proud to be here for our customers, come hell or high water. We may want to stay home with our families, but then, who would be there for you and yours?

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Topics: safety, essential services, covid-19

Doug Fleischer, ACE

Written by Doug Fleischer, ACE

Doug is a 4th generation Pest Management Professional with a background in communications and is a Managing Partner at Pestex. He is also an Associate Certified Entomologist with a passion for solving complex pest management issues.

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