While termites are definitely considered pests, they can’t be exterminated like other pests. Because of this, there is a big difference between general pest control and termite control. Pest control relates primarily to any living organism that is considered to be a nuisance or “pest” in a residential or commercial structure. Termite control, on the other hand, mainly relates to wood-destroying organisms. But what exactly is the difference between the two?

General pest control is applied topically which effectively treats crawling pests like roaches, spiders, ants, and more. Subterranean termites, however, live deep underground or inside mud tubes that they construct to travel between their nests and their food source (meaning your home or any other wooden structures nearby). Because traditional topical pest control treatments don’t penetrate to these deep underground lairs, they are ineffective at treating and eliminating termites. Termites require professional products that are applied in the ground around your home’s foundation that destroy the entire termite colony rather than just killing a few.

General pest control comes in two types: traditional and green.

Traditional pest controluses innovating and advanced products and equipment including the use of synthetic chemicals. These products are applied using the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technique which uses only a small amount of chemicals to target and control specific pests, preventing over-application and unnecessary chemical usage.

Green pest control: is an eco-friendly pest control program that controls household pests without using harsh, synthetic chemicals. Green pest control also utilizes IPM application methods combined with earth-based products and specialized equipment that is used exclusively for the application of green products.

Termite control also comes in two types: bait stations and liquid soil treatment.

Sentricon Always Active: uses bait stations installed in the soil around the home the home that are monitored by highly trained professionals. After a termite colony is eliminated, the home is protected from new termite colonies through continuous service.

Liquid Soil Treatment: uses liquid termiticide/insecticide treatment that is applied along the foundation walls and exterior perimeter of your home. This product is odorless and undetectable by termites. Termites are killed on contact and also when they ingest material that has been treated with the insecticide.

Whether you have a termite problem or another pest problem, a professional pest control company can provide you with a thorough inspection and treatment plan and also help you prevent future infestations. Contact us today for a free quote.