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exterminator

[ik-stur-muh-ney-ter] /ɪkˈstɜr məˌneɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that exterminates.
2.
a person or business establishment specializing in the elimination of vermin, insects, etc., from a building, apartment, etc., especially by the controlled application of toxic chemicals.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin exterminātor. See extermine, -ator
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Examples from the web for exterminator
  • Despite four visits by an exterminator, the bedbugs refused eviction.
  • After the exterminator leaves, check for new rat droppings.
  • If new droppings appear and the bait is untouched, you may need to contact the exterminator again.
  • Consult a professional exterminator with experience in bed bug control.
  • If you or anyone in your building sees a rat, call an exterminator immediately.
  • If a professional exterminator is needed, request such by the owner or property manager.
  • If you suspect a rat or mouse infestation in your house, consult an exterminator.
  • If so, provide licensed exterminator report with list of repairs needed.
  • If bees are within a structure, the resident will have to hire a private exterminator.
  • Consult an exterminator or your local health department for additional information on rodent control.
Word Origin and History for exterminator
n.

c.1400, "an angel who expells (people from a country)," from Late Latin exterminator, from Latin exterminatus, past participle stem of exterminare (see exterminate). As a substance for ridding a place of rats, etc., by 1848. As a person whose job it is to do this, by 1938.

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