What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet. -William Shakespeare
We have people call our office in Raleigh all the time looking for pest control, extermination, bug bombs, fumigators, pest technicians, you name it, they have called us every name in the book. So what is the difference between an exterminator and a pest management professional? And what do we call ourselves?
Since Scott and I are third generation pest control operators (I guess that answers what we call ourselves), we can look back over our family’s history and see how pest control and extermination has evolved over the past years. When my Grandfather (Paw-paw Go-forth) got into the business, he was proud to be an Exterminator. The main objective during his time was to kill quickly and kill often. The materials that he used would smell, stain, were extremely flammable, but most importantly bugs would be on their backs when he left. And people loved it.
ex-ter-mi-nate –to get rid of completely, usually by killing off
When my Dad joined his business, things started to change. People began to realize that materials that would catch on fire and stain might not be the best products to use indoors for pest control – so the materials that we had used changed. That meant different formulations, less odors, and active ingredients that were less toxic to humans. But along with that, the materials did not last as long and the bugs didn’t die as quickly. (I still remember riding with a technician back in the day and listening to a pest control customer complain to him that she didn’t think he was doing a good job because she couldn’t smell that he had been there.)
Fast forward to now. Pest control product manufacturers spend millions of dollars researching new materials. Most of the pest products we use have no odors, have little to no toxicity to humans, and are very effective at controlling pests. Safer materials aren’t the only things that have changed; the way we train our technicians has evolved as well. Training meetings for our technicians are now every week vs. once a year. The materials we use have years of research behind them. We use specialized equipment to deliver materials safely and effectively.
pest con-trol –Refers to the regulation or management of a species defined as a pest, usually because it is perceived to be detrimental to a person’s health.
So yes, things are much different than they were, even 10 years ago. However, whether you call us your Raleigh Exterminator or your Raleigh Pest Management Professional we will answer the phone and provide for you a safe and pest free environment.