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The Difference Between Exterminators and Pest Control

Pest control professionals and exterminators regularly get lumped together, but do they provide identical services? For instance, a homeowner who’s dealing with termite damage might say they want the termites exterminated. No doubt, they are thinking of those guys that come in with scary-looking Haz-at suits and spray a lethal concoction that requires everyone to be out of the house for days.

However, giving your home a chemically invasive treatment doesn’t always work. It might seem like your problem is gone for a short time, but you’ll likely deal with the same issue down the line. In other words, calling a pest control professional is a much better move than calling an exterminator. Let’s explore the differences.


If your home or property is overrun with pests, your first urge might be to kill as many of them as possible. It sure seems like a swift and effective way of dealing with the problem. There’s also plenty of satisfaction to be felt when you see cockroaches or other pests that were terrorizing your home, suffering and dying in huge numbers.

After all, that’s an exterminator’s job, right? You call them so they can kill all the small buggers crawling around your home and all over your property. The exterminators rarely disappoint either. They will show up, all suited with a backpack that they will unleash in every crack and gap in your home. This will instantly kill most of the bugs in your home, and the ones that stick around will probably die a slow and painful death. At least that’s what most homeowners imagine whenever exterminators are mentioned.

However, as much as exterminators try to completely destroy, kill, or annihilate the pests in your home, and no matter how impressive and effective it may seem, this is rarely the situation. This might surprise you, but it’s actually better that way for the environment as well as the pests involved.

The eradication of the pest population in your home might actually have negative consequences on the planet’s ecology. Keep in mind that every living thing has a role to play, and you’ll possibly upset the balance of nature. So, what do you do if you’re not happy with the way pests are running amok in your home? Not only are they an eyesore, but they can also bite, sting, or pose several health hazards.

Instead of calling exterminators, your best bet is to call a pest management company that helps you deal with the problem without harming the environment.


You might think that a pest control professional sounds like almost the same thing because they also aim to remove pests from your home. However, pest control does not rely heavily on pesticides and toxic chemicals to eliminate pests. Exterminators usually rush in to kill pests without addressing the root of the problem.

On the other hand, pest control first looks at why certain types of pests are attracted to your home in the first place. They will then try and remove the conditions that attract the pests. If there’s ever any need for chemicals, pest control makes use of environmentally friendly solutions that remove bugs and critters from your home.

The good news is, these eco-friendly products are just as effective as the harsher chemicals used by exterminators but are less toxic to the environment and to the occupants of your home. The last thing you want is to breathe in toxic chemicals that linger around your home and which have an offensive smell.

Pest control professionals will not just come into your home and let loose a bunch of chemicals. They have a strategy in place and will only use chemicals in targeted areas. In fact, pest control is even safer because it’s not always necessary to use chemicals. The pest control professionals will apply other safer methods to eliminate pests.


Pest control companies are not only a better alternative because they use fewer chemicals to deal with an infestation. The most important thing is they provide long-term solutions that ensure you don’t have to keep dealing with the same problem. For starters, these professionals are well trained and knowledgeable about how to deal with each specific pest. They never use the same approach because eliminating roaches requires a different protocol than eliminating bed bugs. In addition, most pest professionals are up-to-date in terms of the research and technology behind pest management.

Therefore, even if they may have the same agenda, pest control is clearly a better alternative to extermination. If you’re dealing with a pest problem, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible. That’s because waiting for long or using extermination methods can cost you more down the line. For instance, according to Orkin, if you’re a homeowner who discovers termite damage, you can expect to spend around $3,000. But this can quickly become expensive if the wrong solutions are used.

We provide reputable pest control services that can save you a lot of money. Contact us now if you need a long-term solution to your problem.