Pests can be a nagging nuisance. Not only do they annoy us, but they also cause damage and spread diseases into our homes. The best thing to do is eradicate them as soon as they set camp. In this article, we will take you through the things you need to do to prepare your home for pest control treatment then we’ll finish up on what to do after the treatment. In most cases, the type of pest is what determines the plan of action, but there are some basics that you can do to ensure the pest control treatment is effective.
Preparing for Pest Control Treatment
Let’s look at what you need to do to get everything set for a pest control treatment.
Create Space in the Troubled Rooms
Try to create as much space as you can in the infected rooms. Your pest control professional might need to move around when spraying. Move large appliances or furniture to at least three feet away from the wall and take easy-to-carry items to other rooms.
Protect Your Kids and Pets
The chemicals used in pest control might be irritating, if not harmful, to your kids and pets (both free and caged). Consider dropping them off to a trusted neighbor or friend until the pest control period is over.
Clear Out Open Items
Cover or clear out any items that might be exposed to the pesticide. Wrap up the kitchenware with cling foil and pack away the clothes, toiletries, bathroom and bed accessories.
Remove Food from the Troubled Rooms
Of all items in your home, food is the most sensitive. Store food in tightly sealed containers and, if possible, move the food to another pest-free room.
Cover the Furniture
Before you settle on covering your furniture, try moving it to another room. For the ones you can’t move, you can cover them with plastic wrapping. Avoid using blankets and sheets because the pesticides can penetrate through them.
Notify Your Neighbors
For safety purposes, it’s best to notify your neighbors about the pest control treatment so that they can be extra careful. This part is all the more important if your neighborhood has pets, young children, elderly adults and pregnant women.
What to Do After Pest Control
Now that your home has been treated, here are a few things to do to ensure the treatment is effective.
Stay away from your home for several hours. Let it air out. The length of waiting time can range from 30 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the type of treatment. A good tip would be to ask your pest control professional how long you should wait.
Discard any Exposed Food
You must dispose of any food exposed to the treatment chemicals. This food might be contaminated and can cause food poisoning to you or those close to you.
Thorough Cleaning after at least a Week
Resist the urge to deep clean your home until one week elapses. Cleaning may wipe out the treatment and reduce its efficiency. In most cases, your pest control expert can advise you on which parts to clean and which ones to avoid. But all in all, it’s best to wait until the treatment works fully.
Repair Cracks, Holes and Pipes
If your home has any cracks, holes and pipe leaks, consider repairing them as soon as possible. These areas serve as habitation points for pests, and failing to fix them might lead to a pest recurrence.
Frequently Inspect for Pests
In the days to follow, you may notice an inflow of pests, both dead and alive, around your home. The influx is because they are escaping their hiding spots. Keep inspecting for them. Kill any alive ones, and keep the affected areas clean.
To Sum it Up
The point of any pest control treatment is not only to ensure complete eradication but also to prevent a recurrence. We recommend you find an expert who understands the entire pest cycle and can address the pest problem from its roots. A pest treatment from Excel Pest Control services will keep your home clean and free from pests all year long.