Costa Rica: Boom in Pest Control

At the end of 2014 363 companies were registered as being dedicated to providing pest control services, targetting mainly the industrial, food and hotel sectors.

Monday, March 30, 2015

According to the General Directorate of Taxation cited by, "... in the last five years there has been an increase of 44.9% ..." in the number of companies engaged in non-agricultural fumigation in the country.

Gustavo Araya, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) commented that "... In this sector such services are very much in demand. 'In a country with tropical climate like ours it is essential to have this type of pest control.' "

"... Ecological Pest Control, which has operated since 1998 based on MIP methodologies is one that has had a good experience in the market. It has maintained an average annual revenue growth of between 20% to 25%, said Jose Taboada, general manager of the company. "

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