Preparing a safe environment before you kill those pests

Pests crawling and flying in or around your home is not the most pleasant sight. You may at first ignore the problem as you see a cockroach here or a bug there, but as soon as they invade your homes coming out of every nook and corner, you know the situation has gotten worse and now you need help. The moment you are done talking to your pest control professional, you are somehow relieved that now you’ll be living without the fear of pests damaging your belongings. But how many of us realize that there still are some things that are needed on our part to make the treatment as effective as possible. What most people think is that their job is done once they’ve explained the extent of their pest infestation to their pest pro. What people need to understand even with the best expertise and techniques, some cooperation is needed on the homeowner’s part to achieve optimum results from the treatment done. Pre service preparations vary in nature depending on the level of infestation, the area size and the kind of pest invasion you are faced with.

Here’s what you need to know about pest control preparations:

Prepare your home for a pest control treatment:

They crawl, they fly, they gnaw and they spread germs everywhere they go—yes, they can be anywhere and are not so easy to get rid of, as they can hide under the most unimaginable dark corners of your home. Cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas, termites, rodents and all which fall in the category of pests, when treated, require some efforts from you as well. Not that we are suggesting you to start spraying along with the pest controller, but things will be smooth and steady if you keep the following preparatory measures in your mind before the service:

  1. All edibles must be sealed:
  2. Things you eat must be protected at all costs; you don’t want the pesticides used to kill pests affecting you in any way. The best thing to do is to completely clear out the space from anything that is edible. If that’s not possible then properly seal all that is to eaten. Places where food items are stored (which includes your refrigerator too) must be cleared from everything which you plan to eat or use in your food, later.

  3. Empty all storage:
  4. Places used to store stuff like: cupboards, shelves, attic, basement or any other such areas which are prone to serve as an ideal habitat for pests and require treatment. People don’t really realize that all these spaces are perfect for pests to live in as they need places that are warm, dark a bit humid ad nothing is better than an enclosed shelf. To make sure the treatment reaches where it’s intended to reach you need to remove anything which may act as an obstruction between reaching problem areas.

  5. Move things:
  6. There are chances that pests might be dwelling by the corners of your wall in front of which lies a heavy sofa which maybe protecting them from getting affected by the pesticide used to treat them. Pests like termites, cockroaches and other such pests love to occupy corners that are least affected by human activity, you wouldn’t be disturbing a termite nest if it is behind some heavy set of furniture. A good rule of thumb is to remove furniture from the corners to provide easy access to your pest controller so that he can treat every potential problem area. For a termite treatment, a good rule of thumb is to remove any moveable furniture, especially that against the corners of your walls because corners are just the area where the treatment will be carried out. A termite treatment if done on the ground floor may take more than a day as it requires extensive work (drilling and spray) so stay mentally prepared about that.

  7. Of pets and their safety:
  8. Pets can be severely affected by a pest control treatment done in your home. It is best to properly seal your pet belongings, which includes: fish tanks, your cat’s sleeping mat or eating bowl or your dog’s house all must either be removed or properly covered. If your pet has fleas, ticks or bugs it is better to get them treated before you get the treatment done in your house because they might bring back the bugs after the service. Take your pets out of the house prior to the service. Your pest controller will suggest you to stay out of your house for a specified period of time. Take your pets along until it’s safe to be in your home, as suggested by your pest exterminator.

  9. Cover access points:
  10. No treatment will work until you cover areas which areas which are serving as entry points for pests like cockroaches or rodents. Cracks, crevices, broken pipes or any other opening which provides open entrance for all these nuisance causing pests must be properly covered to stop them from entering your home in the future. Sealing all access points is sometimes done by the exterminator but if you are aware of entry points its best that you inform the pest controller beforehand.

Just a few pre-service preparations can increase the efficacy of your pest treatment and can also protect you from any inconvenience later. If you have people with medical conditions; you should inform your pest controller before the service is carried out.

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