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Preventative Pest Control Vs Pest Treatment: Which Is Better?

When searching for pest control services, you might find yourself wondering, “What’s the difference between preventative pest control and pest treatment?” Surely they’re the same thing, right? While there are differences between the two terms, they are related in that both services are important components to successfully eliminating pests. 

Pest prevention is a proactive approach that aims to keep pests out of homes and businesses. This approach involves using practical pest control tips to prevent pests from invading your property in conjunction with treatments to keep them away for good if they do. Treatments are reactive responses that are more tactical and ground-level, including the application of pest control solutions or the deployment of baits and traps to eliminate a specific pest problem.

An effective pest control program may start as a store-bought treatment once you’ve discovered pests in your home or business. However, if your pest problem has grown into an infestation, that tactic may not be enough, and preventative measures should be incorporated to avoid dealing with a new infestation.

At Pest Authority, we know that when you have a pest infestation in your home or business, your main priority is to get rid of pests once and for all. With our years of experience in the industry, we’ve developed proven methods that include both preventative and treatment pest control components. 

Modern pest management protocols rely on a series of evaluations, decisions, and controls to keep pests from accessing your home or business in the first place before they become an infestation. Adopting a preventative mindset can complement your existing pest control program.


Partnering with Pest Authority means you can achieve the best results possible with our combination of preventative and treatment-based pest control measures. We take the time to listen to your concerns, identify the pest, and thoroughly inspect and analyze your property. We’ll develop a strategy and design a detailed plan for pest control that incorporates both pest prevention and control methods as part of the recommended course of action. 

Then, our expert team will provide an initial treatment to eliminate pests on the spot. We’ll also provide practical tips to eradicate pest-breeding habitats, further reducing their populations in the long run. As part of your pest control program, we’ll return and retreat on a 21-day schedule to ensure there are no gaps in your protection against pests. 

It’s important to work with a pest control company that will assess your property properly and provide modifications to the pest management plan because sometimes, even the best prevention isn’t enough to wipe out pests completely. 

Preventative Pest Control

Preventative measures can help you save a lot of time and money in the long run. Treatments might not work as planned, so it’s a good idea to stop pests before the infestation becomes too involved and widespread. Preventative pest services are a low-cost investment, very effective, and pose little risk. 

A key component of pest management services involves thorough routine inspections inside and outside the home, sometimes with an outside treatment to prevent pests from getting inside. Preventative services stop pests before they have a chance to become an infestation while keeping your environment sanitary and pest-free and reducing future pest emergencies.

One of the great benefits of preventative pest management is its capacity to help you avoid various types of property damage. Pests can cause damage to wood, linens, wiring, clothing, and other items around your home or business. 

Pest prevention measures can include:

  • Conducting frequent inspections for signs of pests
  • Establishing cleaning practices to reduce attracting pests
  • Taking care not to bring pests into the building
  • Staying on top of maintenance tasks
  • Keeping garbage and recycling bins away from your building
  • Sealing off possible pest entry points
  • Scheduling regular professional inspections and monitoring activity
  • Cleaning up your yard and landscaping to limit pest intrusion
  • Communicating with your pest control expert about prevention strategies

Pest Treatment

Pest control treatments are reactive in that service is required when an infestation is already present. At certain times, if infestations are extensive, you’ll need treatment before you can begin a prevention program. Treatments are usually performed on an emergency basis outside a routine pest service schedule.

Pest control treatment services that your technician can provide include:

  • Deploying pest control equipment
  • Applying targeted pesticides
  • Checking traps for activity
  • Changing bait stations

After thoroughly inspecting and identifying the infestation sources, your technician will treat the affected areas to eliminate pests. This type of pest control is important to eradicate the problem, but it’s equally important to have a preventative strategy in place to avoid emergencies. In many cases, customers may start with a treatment before continuing with a proactive approach. 

One caveat to consider with treatments is that pests will always come back unless you eliminate what’s attracting them to your property. If you don't take steps to detract them, you may end up paying for unnecessary repetitive pest control services when it's much easier and more cost-effective to prevent pests from gaining access in the first place. 

A Well-Rounded Preventative and Reactive Pest Control Plan

While taking a preventative approach to control pests is likely less expensive than extermination treatments, you shouldn’t choose one method and ignore the other. Preventative measures are the key to keeping your home or business pest-free, and eradication treatments are to control infestations. When used in conjunction, both options provide an effective solution.

Pest Authority is here to take care of all your pest control needs with a well-rounded approach. We provide the highest-quality preventative and reactive pest control services available, backed by science and years of experience. 

Each of our locations is locally owned and operated by people who live and work in your community, so you can trust that they have a good understanding of the pests in your area. Our teams of expert technicians are thoroughly trained and certified to help you take back your property from pests with specialized services. 

We take the time to identify your problem and inspect your property before creating a custom plan to prevent pest infestations and keep them away for good. We truly care about helping our customers regain comfortable, pest-free homes or businesses and take our responsibility to our communities seriously. 

Contact us today for more information about how professional treatments from Pest Authority can help keep your home or business pest-free.

We use cutting-edge pest control technology and methods that are backed by science and our 100% satisfaction guarantee. We’re confident you’ll love Pest Authority and will return to our brand whenever you need impeccable service.
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