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Pest Control vs. Extermination: What’s the Difference?

Pest Control vs. Extermination: What’s the Difference?

Hey there, fellow homeowners! Today, we’re going to dive into a topic that might not be the most glamorous but is essential for a comfortable, healthy home: pest management. If you’ve ever had unwelcome pests invade your home, you know how important it is to get them out quickly — and keep them out. That’s where pest control and extermination services come in. But wait, aren’t they the same thing? Not quite. 

In a nutshell, extermination is a quick fix, while pest control is more like a comprehensive wellness plan for your home. Let’s break down the differences between pest control and extermination services so you can make the best decision for your circumstances. 

What is Extermination?

Extermination, the traditional approach to pest management, is like the cavalry charging in to save the day. Imagine this: your kitchen is overrun by ants. It’s a sight that sends shivers down your spine. So, you call in the exterminator. They arrive, check out the situation, and use several different, very strong chemicals to wipe out the ants in an instant. Problem solved, right? Well, not quite. 

Extermination focuses on the immediate removal of pests. It’s a quick fix, which is great if you need those ants gone ASAP. However, extermination alone doesn’t address the root of the problem. The ants might be dead, but what about the nest outside that keeps sending them in? Or the crumbs in the pantry that attracted them in the first place? This cycle of frustration of dealing with pests over and over again shows how important it is to find a solution that tackles the main reasons they keep coming back. 

Extermination, while effective in the short term, is generally a one-time solution. It’s like cutting the top off a weed. It may look like the problem is gone, but since the roots are still there, it will grow back again. This is why we need to consider a more comprehensive approach, like pest control. 

The Modern Solution: Pest Control

Now, let’s talk about pest control. Unlike extermination, which is a one-time solution, pest control is a long-term strategy. At Fox Pest Control, our focus is on ensuring that your home gets the continual protection it needs, kind of like recurring maintenance on your car.  

When you call Fox, we don’t just come in with the heavy-duty sprays, killing everything with 6-8 legs, then leave and hope the bugs don’t come back. We’ll inspect your home and property, assess the situation, talk with you and strategize, and then implement a customized treatment plan. We’re going to make sure that we not only take care of the pests you see but also protect your home to ensure those pests think twice about coming back.  

At Fox, pest control is all about integrated pest management (IPM), and our technicians are pest management professionals (PMPs). We’ll use the least amount of harmful chemicals necessary and combine them with non-chemical methods, often using a variety of strategies to tackle the problem. This can include chemicals but often also involves traps, baits, and sealing entry points where insects and rodents could be getting into your home. 

One of the most effective ways to control pests long-term is by using their own habits against them. For example, some bugs use pheromones to communicate and attract more of their friends. Our experts know how to handle this, but sometimes, it means you might see more pests for a few days after your first treatment. Don’t worry, though! This is just part of our plan to solve the problem for good. Soon, you’ll see fewer pests as we address the issue at its source. 

We’re also going to educate you in ways that you can take care of your home and yard so that our treatments are the most effective they can be. At Fox, while we are going to take care of your pest problem, our passion is in helping you feel safe and comfortable in your home and improving your family’s quality of life. We value the relationships that we build with our customers and want to help in any way we can.  

On-Going Protection is Key

One of the biggest differences between pest control and extermination is the focus on protecting your home. Pest control services don’t just stop at getting rid of the current infestation. Fox Pest Control technicians also provide ongoing maintenance and monitoring to ensure the pests don’t come back. This includes regular inspections, sealing up entry points, and advising you on practices that will help keep your home safe and comfortable, like proper food storage and waste management. When you subscribe to our Home Protection Plan, we come back every three months to treat your home, but if you ever see an increase in pest activity, just call us anytime! We’ll come back for free for a target treatment and get you back on track.  

Knowledge is Power!  

Now that you know the differences between pest control and extermination services, you can make an educated decision on what you need to take care of your home and family. One great thing about calling Fox Pest Control is that if you have a serious infestation, we can help you with that and provide a long-term solution that also keeps pests from coming back. We offer both residential and commercial services for a variety of pests; check out our service plans to learn more.  

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