What’s the Difference Between a Pest Control Professional and an Exterminator?


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If you’re currently battling an out-of-control pest infestation such as termites, bedbugs, or any number of other intrusive critters, you are likely not alone. Pests plague American households in every region; from Portland, Oregon on the west coast, to Portland, Maine in the east.

A survey found that around 84 percent of American households had reported a pest problem in the past 12 months. More often than not, people will take it upon themselves to purchase pesticides and other chemicals to rid themselves of their teeny tiny tormentors. They also find their efforts to be largely ineffective or result in short term solutions whose results don’t last.

It’s only a matter of time before the infestation marks its return.

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Such scenarios are far too common, and only serve to waste your valuable time, money, and mental resources. So you choose to put your faith in the hands of a professional like Modern Pest; someone that doesn’t get easily startled at the sight of a wasp or spider nest, and cower beneath the nearest table.

You spend time researching the available services in your area such as exterminators in Portland or Maine Pest Control Services, but find yourself wondering if exterminators and pest control professionals are in fact the same thing.

The answer can seem a little complicated given that both an exterminator and a pest control professional appear to do the same thing: rid you of unwanted house guests of the non-human variety.

However, you should be aware of some key differences in their practices.

What Is an Exterminator?

Most people think of the term “exterminator” when the idea of completely destroying something crosses their mind. The term itself feels like an aggressive label referencing someone who performs complete acts of destruction and/or removal. But it could be considered a fitting label for what exterminators set out to do.

The goal of any exterminator is to rid you of your existing pest problem through whatever legal means necessary. They usually perform this task with the aid of traps and chemicals. But the results of their efforts can be temporary and only serve as a band-aid solution that doesn’t address the underlying problem which caused the infestation in the first place.

What Are Pest Control Professionals?

Pest Control Professionals perform some of the same duties as exterminators. However, they spend more time focusing on long-term solutions to keep your home free of pests rather than getting rid of the current infestation and calling it a day.

The goal of pest control professionals is to determine the root cause of a pest infestation and provide solutions to keep them at bay. Effective pest control entails much more than simply removing the pests that currently exist in your home, it’s about altering the conditions that led to the problem occurring in the first place.

That’s the key difference between the activities performed by a pest control professional and an exterminator. And regardless of your pest issue, Modern has a service to help resolve it!

Modern Pest offers pest prevention for both your home and yard:

  • Homecare Green protects against over 55 common household pests, including mice, ants, spiders, and stinging insects.
  • Homecare Organic program is an eco-friendly, natural pest control solution, designed to rid your home of unwanted pests and the diseases they carry.
  • Homecare Mosquito, Flea, and Tick provides a meaningful reduction in all three of these annoying and disease-spreading pests.
  • Homecare Termite Control program stops termite activity and protects your home 24/7 from persistent termite threats and problems.
  • Homecare Bed Bug Control identifies if bed bugs are present in your home and targets them where they live and breed.
  • Total Home Exclusion Service reduces the use of pesticides by identifying the root cause of the issue and providing a solution to protect homes from unwanted pests, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
  • Wildlife Control Services focus on the humane management of nuisance wildlife. If not handled properly, wildlife issues can escalate quickly and become very difficult and costly to manage.

Differences in Training

Pest control professionals often undergo more comprehensive training than exterminators do, and are usually part of a team of experts who formulate long term solutions to your pest problem on a case by case basis. They also possess a good understanding of how a particular pest behaves or what its habits may be so that they can implement the right solution for the problem.

They’ll usually identify the kind of pest before investigating the household conditions that may have led to the infestation occurring in the first place. They then create and execute plans to remove the pests and keep your home free from any future infestations of the same nature.

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Consideration for the Environment

Another important distinction between the two is that pest control professionals generally focus on being environmentally conscious when selecting the materials they use for treatment. In some cases, a pest control pro may get rid of the problem without using any materials. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is often a large part of a pro’s solution to a pest problem.

It’s also believed some of the pests that commonly infest our households play important roles in the sustenance of the surrounding environment.

The removal of such creatures from your premises needs to be handled with care so as to not disrupt the delicate natural balance that keeps the surrounding ecosystem thriving.

By contrast, exterminators will often use harsh chemicals to kill pests without paying much attention to the environmental impact of using such methods. Such substances could harm other creatures around the premises such as bees or deer that aren’t generally considered nuisances.

The Modern Solution

Pest control professionals offer services that are far more extensive than those offered by exterminators, and Modern Pest is here to solve your pest issues! If you have questions or need a quote, don’t hesitate to call us today at 1-800-323-7378 or visit our website for more information.