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How Commercial Pest Control Differs from Residential

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Some pest control companies offer residential services, some offer commercial services, and some offer both. Both types of service are going to do their very best to remove whatever variety of pest has made its way into your home or business. There are some key differences between residential and commercial pest control services, however. We're here to lay out what’s distinct about each one.

Commercial pest control moves faster

It's a lot easier to temporarily relocate a family than it is to shut down an entire business for multiple days. That's why commercial pest control companies tend to have quicker turnarounds that result in minimal disruption. This also comes with a higher cost, but most businesses save more from not having to shut their doors for as long.

Residential pest control isn’t as varied as commercial

Most homes, fundamentally, are very similar. That means that the pest problems they face tend to be similar, as well. Most residential pest problems can be solved using the same couple approaches every time.

That means residential pest control companies typically don’t have the same breadth of custom knowledge that commercial pest control companies do. Commercial buildings have a lot more variation depending on the business involved (food service, healthcare, retail, etc.) and commercial pest control companies have the experience to create custom treatment plans to account for those variations.

The customization of preventative measures

Because commercial pest control companies have more experience working with custom environments, they also have more experience with offering long term preventative measures. Sometimes a businesses’ building is more susceptible to pests because of its location or other residents.

Those types of uncontrollable factors are taken into account by commercial pest control companies. They can offer you long term preventative solutions, such as preventative traps in and around the building.

The environments they treat are fundamentally different

Homes are, in general, smaller than businesses, and they tend to attract certain varieties of pests. You're more likely to find ants, bedbugs, and termites inside of residential homes because they more commonly contain the fabric-heavy environments they prefer.

Businesses are less likely to get bedbugs, but they're more likely to get pests like rats and cockroaches, because it's more common to have a commercial building closer to environments (for instance, abandoned property) where those types of creatures thrive. You want to make sure you choose a company that specializes in the type of pest that’s bothering you.


No matter what your questions are about the difference between residential and commercial pest control, the trained team at Assured Environments is on standby, ready to answer them - call us today!

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