Pest Control vs Exterminator


If you see one pest, there are probably many more hiding. Those few cockroaches or ants running off with your crumbs are bringing them somewhere—and that somewhere is home to many more of those critters. Once you notice pests in your home, you’ll want to contact a professional pest removal service to eliminate the infestation and ensure those pests don’t come back.

There are two main kinds of pest removal service providers—pest control specialists and exterminators. But what is the difference? And which is right for your pest elimination needs?  

Pest Control Versus Exterminator

While “pest control specialist” and “exterminator” are often used interchangeably, there are a few differences between the two. The main difference is how in-depth the services that they provide are. While exterminators will show up, spray, and leave, pest control specialists will take the process to the next level. This includes surveying the property to identify the problem spots, eliminating the pests, and putting measures in place to prevent those pests from returning.

When you have an infestation that needs to be addressed, contact a company that provides pest control specialists (like Nationwide). You’ll want to make sure you get the best pest control services possible to get rid of those pests for good.

How Long Does the Pest Control Process Take?


The pest control process is often more in-depth than the extermination process. Because of this, it can take a little while longer. With that said, basic services are quick.

Once you notice an infestation, reach out to Nationwide Pest Control. The faster we are able to address the infestation, the less it will spread.

  • Standard Treatment. Standard treatments are quick and easy. Your specialist will be able to provide a standard service in around a half-hour or so (depending on the size of the property).
  • Active Infestation. If it is determined that there is an active infestation on your property, more in-depth services will need to be provided. These services can take around an hour to an hour and a half to complete.
  • Termites. Termites are challenging. The process of removing termites can take upwards of eight hours, depending on how much the infestation has spread. If it is a larger building, it may be even longer.

If you would like an estimate, reach out to Nationwide Pest Control for more information.

What is the Nationwide Pest Control Process Like?

When you go with Nationwide, you are choosing a pest control company that cares about results. Because of this, we have a multi-step process to ensure the successful removal of pests.

It starts with a call to Nationwide Pest Control, where we can discuss the pest issue you are having. From there, we dispatch a specialist for an inspection of the property. Once they have found the problem areas, they destroy the nests of the pests infesting your home. Your pest control specialist will then create a barrier and use yard granules to ensure pests don’t return.

For more information about the Nationwide pest removal process, give us a call today. We’d be happy to discuss it with you in detail and schedule a time for a pest control specialist to visit your property and eliminate your pest problem.

What Are Some of the Most Common Pests (and How Do I Avoid Them)?


There are a variety of different pests that you may run into, depending on where in the United States you live. Below are some of the most common and universal pests that you may run into, and how you can avoid them nesting in your home…


Rats and mice are both gross and destructive. It’s no wonder so many people are afraid of them. Rodents are known for spreading disease, and for destroying property. They can get into your food, chew through your cables, and otherwise be a nuisance.

If you would like to avoid rodents in your home, consider the following tips:

  •       Take out your trash often. Don’t let it pile up.
  •       Vacuum your floors and clean your house regularly.
  •       Keep your windows and doors closed.
  •       Don’t leave your food on the counter; put it away.


Cockroaches are both problematic and unsightly guests that you don’t want in your house. Not only do they get into your food and crawl on your counters, but they also spread bacteria around your house. There are a few common varieties of cockroaches that may be infesting your house. These include German, American, and Oriental. While they have slightly different sizes and appearances, they are all nuisances you don’t want around.

To ensure you don’t end up with cockroaches scurrying about, consider these tips:

  •       Check the exterior of your home for cockroaches.
  •       Inspect packages when they arrive.
  •       Ensure your basement stays dry.
  •       Use weather-stripping around your windows and doors.


Many people are afraid of spiders. They are icky and creepy. They can also be quite dangerous. While some types of spiders don’t bite and are relatively innocuous, others have bites that can land a loved one or you in the hospital. It’s best to ensure spiders don’t make their way inside of your house and start spinning webs.

In order to avoid spiders in your home, take the following steps:

  •       Remove rock piles, debris, and branches from your yard.
  •       Replace ripped or torn door and window screens.
  •       Remove spiderwebs when you see them.
  •       Close off gaps that lead to the exterior of your house.
  •       Close your doors and windows when you aren’t using them.


Mosquitoes are known for their itchy bites and their buzzing. What people often forget about is how dangerous they can be. Mosquitoes are known worldwide for being spreaders of viruses and diseases. You don’t want mosquitoes making their home on your property.

To stop these annoying pests from buzzing around, consider the following tips:

  •       Fill in holes in your yard, particularly those with standing water.
  •       Cut your grass regularly.
  •       Turn containers and lids outside upside down.
  •       Don’t leave standing water around your house.
  •       Remove stumps and debris from your property.

Termites/Carpenter Ants

Termites and carpenter ants are terrible for your home. They destroy your house and do damage from the inside. Because of this, it can be difficult to detect at first. If you find that you have termites or carpenter ants living in your home, though, you’ll need to take immediate action to get rid of them. They spread fast and can end up doing thousands of dollars worth of structural damage. Do not try to get rid of these pests on your own. Removing termites or carpenter ants is the job of a professional pest control specialist like those employed by Nationwide Pest Control. We can dispatch a specialist to check your home for termites or carpenter ants, then remove them fully.

Bed Bugs

Beg bugs live in both beds and furniture, and they do indeed bite. Their bites are extremely itchy, which makes them a particularly annoying pest to deal with. They can also be tough to get rid of without the help of a professional. If bed bugs aren’t addressed quickly, they are likely to breed and spread throughout your house.

In order to avoid bed bugs making their way into your home, consider these tips:

  • Wash your sheets and clothing often.
  • Throw your clothing in the wash when you get home from a trip.
  • Vacuum and clean your house regularly.
  • Wash clothing that you bring home from the store.
  • Avoid purchasing used clothing and furniture if possible. If you do, clean them thoroughly when you bring them home.


Wasps and hornets are dangerous to have around your yard. They are extremely aggressive, and they don’t mind stinging you if you get too close. Their stings don’t just hurt, though. Many people are allergic to wasps and hornets, which makes their sting particularly dangerous. If you see a wasp or hornet nest on your property, reach out to a pest control specialist to have it professionally removed. Don’t put yourself in danger. Nationwide Pest Control will remove the nest permanently, and make sure the wasps or hornets don’t come back.


You may see a few ants on your counter stealing crumbs. You may not think anything of it; since it’s only a few. The problem is ants live in colonies. A few ants may mean more hidden somewhere else.

To avoid ants, consider the following tips:

  •       Repair damage to the exterior walls of your house.
  •       Remove overgrown vegetation and branches from your property.
  •       Use weather-stripping on your doors and windows.
  •       Rinse your cans and food containers out before putting them in the garbage.

Get a Pest Control Specialist Today!

If you are considering hiring a pest control specialist or an exterminator, your best bet is to contact Nationwide Pest Control so we can send an expert pest control specialist to eliminate your pest problem for good! We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your pest problem. 

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