Learn the Language: Common Pest Control Terms

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Pest control verbiage can sound like a foreign language to some. But don’t worry, we are here to make sure you understand every step of our pest control process. Here are some commonly used industry terms.  



  • Action Threshold: a point at which a Terminix professional takes action to decrease pest’s numbers.
  • Bait Stations: containers used to bring pests out of an area. These stations are used for pests such as ants, cockroaches or rodents.
  • Commensal: refers to rodents who “share one’s table” or survive in a human environment. The main commensal rodents are Norway rats, house mice, and roof rats.
  • Contaminant: a substance found in or around an area where it was not intended to be.
  • Exclusion: formed to help keep insects, flies, rodents, birds and other pests from entering an area.
  • Insect Growth Regulators (IGR): a group of compounds that help minimize the normal growth pattern of insects.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): an approach to managing pests that use a combination of methods to control an infestation.
  • Synanthropic: used to describe wildlife that exhibits a preference to dwell in human settlements. Examples of synanthropic animals include rodents, birds, and some insects.
  • Thigmotropic:  a behavior in which cockroaches prefer their sides of the top of bodies to be in contact with other objects.

If you don’t understand something during or after your pest control service, please ask us. We strive to provide the best quality experience for our customers!