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What is included in pest control?

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By Kristen Wosk on May, 2 2022
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All homeowners around the world have a similar issue that they face at one point or another —pests. Pest control is the process of managing and removing pest populations from homes and buildings. There are a variety of different techniques that pest control professionals use in order to safely and effectively get rid of pest infestations. Learn all about what is pest control and how professionals can help when your home is overrun with rodents, roaches, and anything in between, here!


What is pest control?

The term pest control includes a variety of different types of methods. When trying to get rid of pest populations, the most effective type of pest control is depending upon the species of animal. A professional pest control specialist can determine what pest control techniques are most effective at safely removing a certain species from your home. There are also a number of preventive techniques to help solve any pest-related issues before they begin. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of pest control. 


Different types of pest control

There are countless different methods of removing pests from homes, offices, and properties. Some methods involve chemicals, such as pesticides, while others include altering your landscaping and your lifestyle. When working with a pest control company to fix your pest problems, pest specialists 

  • Initial clean out: During an initial clean out, a pest professional will intensely treat the infested area in order to remove the majority of pests in one single treatment. The type of chemical and treatment used during an initial clean out depends upon the severity of the infestation and the type of pest being targeted. Following an initial clean out, a follow-up appointment is recommended in order to ensure that the issues have been completely treated.

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  • One-time jobs: One-time job form of pest control is meant to be solved in a single session. Generally, follow-up is not required unless more activity is spotted. In this type of pest control session, professionals can effectively remove the issues. One-time jobs can include services such as nest removal, which can solve the issue in a single appointment.
  • Monthly ongoing maintenance: For certain types of pest infestations, a single session or a simple follow-up is not enough. Monthly ongoing maintenance ensures that pest populations are managed effectively in order to reduce the severity of the problem. Continuous action against certain species of pest, such as wasps or beetles, is required to keep your property safe every month of the year.

What is included in pest control? 

Pest control includes a variety of different factors and treatments, including preventive care, maintenance, and direct action. A combination of each type of treatment is most effective for treating pests. Only licensed professionals possess all of the industry experience required to safely remove pests. 

  • Prevention of pests: Stop pest infestations before they occur by securely storing food, removing clutter, trimming foliage, and sealing entry holes. A pest control specialist can help identify areas of improvement and fix them in order to keep pests out. 
  • Treatment when pests do show up: If pests do infest your home, pest control specialists can use a combination of mechanical and chemical treatments to resolve the issue. Carefully applied pesticides or baits and traps can reduce the number of pests on your property.
  • Upkeep to keep pests away: Maintenance services are necessary in order to reduce lingering pest populations. Some types of pests return after initial treatment, so follow-up is required to enjoy a pest-free property.


What kind of licenses does a reputable pest control company have?

A professional pest control company will have a handful of different licenses verifying their knowledge and experience in pest control. All of these licenses should be valid and remain up-to-date at the time of service. Pest control business licenses, qualified applicator licenses, and a certificate of insurance are all required for pest control businesses. Check out AIPM’s full list of valid licenses by contacting us through phone or email. 


What is typically not included in pest control

While many customers might think that pesticide usage is the foundation of all pest control, that is not the case. In fact, professional pest control companies prioritize combining other methods of pest management in order to reduce pest populations. The improper or overuse of pesticides can have serious effects on the environment —including surrounding residents—if not done carefully by licensed experts.  

When determining which pest control company to use for your home, pick only the most professional option with up-to-date regional and national pest control licenses. At AIPM, we recognize just how essential it is for all homeowners to be well-educated on what makes a good pest control company


Use this easy-to-understand licenses checklist when making your next pest control service appointment!


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