Why call it Pest Control?
Let's face it, pests are rarely welcome inside our homes. Infestations can cause major damage to any building and some pests can carry and spread deadly diseases. However, we can't eradicate them either. Pests, bugs, and other critters are essential to our ecosystem and to life as we know it.
Difference between Exterminate and Pest Control
Although pest control and exterminators both share a common goal in removing pests from our living spaces and working areas, pest control focuses more on effective, environmentally-friendly long term solutions to remove pests.
On the other hand, exterminators are more likely to utilize chemicals to kill pests - which may only work temporarily.
So where do we find the middle ground? The goal should never be to get rid of all the bugs or pests completely - but rather to Control them as best we can.
Why we don't Exterminate anymore
In the past, the only goal was the extermination of the pests. The contempt people had for pests was palpable and they would stop at nothing to be rid of them, introducing some rather nasty chemicals. These chemicals turned out to be very dangerous, and not just to household pests but also to the people, pets and the environment.
Today Pest Control professionals emphasize protecting the environment by using the most environmentally-friendly materials to get rid of pests.
Same goal, different methods
Aside from the harsh chemicals, the problem with this method was it often wasn’t successful. Exterminators would kill as many pests as possible, but wouldn’t solve the root of the problem. They didn’t find out why the insects were there. Since the problem pests often came back, it led to the development of pest control instead of pest extermination. The goal is the same, but pest control is more about ongoing management of the problem than just eradication.
Modern pest management professionals look for long-term solutions, rather than simply spraying chemicals to kill the pests you see.
Integrate Pest Management Program
Effective long-term pest control involves a scheduled pest management program. Each insect is unique and there is not a one-size-fits-all way of treating for them.
Pests also possess the ability to adapt and survive in a variety of environments and as a result there are no quick and easy solutions to eliminating them. In most cases multiple treatments using different methods are needed in order to achieve control.
Book a site visit with one of our Certified Pest Control Managers and find out what Pest Management Program would be best for your home or business.
More about Pesticides and Pest Controllers
Pesticides and other harmful chemicals and their uses are also regulated by Law and only registered Pest Control Operators are licensed to apply these treatments.
In order to become a registered Pest Control Operator you are educated in the bugs life cycles, habits, dangerous of an infestation as well as the best way to deal with all the environmental factors involved in controlling the pests.
In accordance with the Law for the Regulation of Pesticides and Pest Control:
All pest control were the public or staff have access to must be done by a registered pest control operator.
All food facilities, shops, restaurants, kitchens, any place making food, drinks or anything to do with food or drinks must have pest control done on a monthly basis by a registered pest control operator.
All pesticides are classified as hazard chemicals and must be applied by registered pest control operator.
All food facilities, restaurants and kitchens must have pest control done on a monthly basis.
All other facilities must have pest control done on a 3 monthly basis.