A list of industry key terms

AntsРA very small insect, which often  infests houses, becoming a great deal of a pest.

Bed Bugs-A blood sucking bug that is a parasite of birds and mammals. Bed bugs often nest in the bedroom of furniture feeding on the occupants. Bed bugs can live up to a year without eating and spread most commonly via traveling hosts.

Chloropicrin– A warning agent necessary to accompany the Vikane gas during tent fumigation to keep intruders out. (link to info flyer)

Contrac– Bait Blox that are used in a professional bait station accessible for small rodents. The bait is used on the exterior of a property. The rodents eat the bait and later die from the content inside the box.

Cellulose Debris: Items made of wood material that attracts subterranean termites in sub areas. For example, scraps of wood or storage such as card board boxes.

Drill and Treat: The application of termiticide/ insecticide such as Termidor, to treat wood members with active infestations.

Droppings: The excrement of pests. In the pest control industry this term is used often as evidence of infestation.

Drywood Termite: The type of termites that live in wood and feed off wood. Drywood termites are often found behind the walls of structures located up and down the California coastline and inland areas. Drywood termites weaken structures making them susceptible to the common California earthquakes.

Dry rot: A fungus caused by excessive moisture

Explor-A-Scope: The fiber optic device used by termite inspectors to check for termite infestation behind the walls of a wood structure.

Exterior Foundation: Foundation on the exterior perimeter of the home that support exterior low bearing walls.

Infestation : Infestation is the state of being invaded or overrun by pests or parasites. It can also refer to the actual organisms living on or within a host (wikipedia) Click Here for more

Liquid Nitrogen-Used to lower the temperature in the wood to 20 degrees below zero. This coldness freezes the termites little bunz off. The liquid nitrogen is pumped into the infested areas, where it turns into a gas, freezing the surrounding area and kills the infestation.

Mechanical spring loaded rodent traps– These are traps used to capture rodents.

Mud Tunnels: Made of soil and excrement they are tubes that link the termite nest with above ground food sources. Mud tunnels are common evidence of subterranean termite infestation.

Swarm: A large number of insects or other small organisms, especially in motion. The pests swarm to reproduce and establish a new colony.

Orange Oil– A product used to kill drywood termites

Rodents-A gnawing mammal including rats and mice that often nest within structural walls, feeding on the items found in the building

Subterranean Termite: The type of termite found in the sub area, also eaves and attics. They are known for eating the homes from the foundation up. Subterranean termites are often the cause of structural weakness and breakdown of structures.

Slab Inject: When an inspector treats for subterranean termites through slab.

Termite Swarming: The process in which termites gather to reproduce and begin their own colonies.

TermidorРA product used to kill termites and ants via local treatment methods. (click here for more about Termidor

Termites: Also known as hidden threats, termites are wood destroying organisms. Termites damage wood structures from the inside out, with very little signs of exterior damage. (Link

Vikane-An odorless gas with no binding and no residual properties. Vikane is used to kill termites when trapped and circulated through a structure during tent fumigation. (link to info flyer)

Woodboring beetle– An insect that eats and destroys wood.

Wood Damage: Damage caused to wood from fungus or wood destroying organisms.

Slab: Concrete floor.


Forms & Links

Chloropicrin flyer

Vikane fact sheet