I think every industry has its own little subset of language and pest control is no different. Nurses say ‘Q’ to substitute the word ‘every’, salesman give ‘pitches’ and truckers are ‘dead heading’ when they don’t have a load but are still on the move. It’s usually not real difficult to figure out what people are saying but it’s almost always something you wouldn’t say in an average day. Still some of it’s unique and customers or those not in the ‘know’ might raise an eyebrow if they overhear two techs in a conversation thinking you’re planning something nefarious in their home.
In pest control, we have our own little language too and I’ve heard a lot of terms to describe our service over the years. Here’s just a small list of what I can remember.
Terms Describing Types Of Pest Control Service
Start, Initial, Clean Out, Start Up, Whole House, Newbie, Spot, CC, Proofing, Blast, One Shot, Special, One Time, Gas, Fogger, Corrective, Regular, Maintenance, Trouble Call, Complaint, Courtesy Visit, Follow Up, Re-Treat, Re-Spray and Major Minor, (two services at the same time) Germans, Hoppers, Exclusion, Drive By…..
Terms Describing Termite Work
Sub Job, Full Drill, Spot Treat, Fume, Injection Service, Prevent, Corrective, Belly Job, (crawl space) Trench & Treat, Rod, Bath Trap, Long Rod, Block Work, Wrap, Subs, Rig Runner, Drill Jockey, Re-Treat…..
I’m sure there are hundreds if not thousands of terms out there we use in the pest industry. With all the new chemicals, techniques and fancy equipment. I’ve done a lot of traveling over the years and just hearing what people say in different parts of the country to describe common everyday things is fascinating in itself, ever hear of a Hoagie? – you eat em all the time. (wow-what about different countries?) I’d be thrilled to hear what terms you use or have heard even if they don’t seem unique to you. Take a moment if you would and add your take and maybe add your 20, I got my ears on!