Pest Control for Dummies


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If you've ever found yourself confused when reading up on pest control options, you aren't alone. There is a lot of vocabulary that is specific to the industry and it can get confusing when trying to pick a treatment option. American Pest wants our customers to be informed decision makers, so here are a few pest control terms explained. 

Common Terms

Bait Station: Containers in which we place bait to lore pests. Typically, the bait will contain some type of poison. These containers only allow access to the pest, and are not dangerous for children, pets, etc.

Exclusion: keeping pests from entering a property.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM):  A pest management method involving the use of non-pesticide products as well as pesticide products when required.

Insecticide: Pesticide designed to kill insects.

Residual Insecticide: pesticide that lasts for an extended period of time.

Non-residual Pesticide: pesticides that do not remain active after the initial treatment.

Desiccant: Pesticide that removes moisture needed for pests’ survival.

What to do if you're still confused

Above are just a few of many things that people are commonly puzzled about. If there is another term you need help understanding, don't fret! Here at American Pest we pride ourselves in excellent customer service, so don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call for a friendly explanation. Don't feel like calling? That's okay. We've got a live chat and even a section on our website dedicated to your questions called "Ask The Entomologist!" It is important that you're making the best choice you can when it comes to protecting your home, so let us help! That's why we're here.


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