So you’re getting ready for a pest control treatment and you’re not sure what to do or how to prepare?
Well, this brief guide on how to prepare for pest control will help. Depending on which pest is being taken to task, usually the more you can do to reduce 3 major pest conducive factors, the better your results are going to be. Focus on the three:
Reduce Food Sources, Water Sources & Pest Harbourages
To prepare for pest control is simple. We ask that you complete the following tasks:
1. Clean the home prior to the pest control visit, and maintain the home as neatly as possible afterwards for long-term results. This helps to eliminate competing food sources for the insects. Additionally, when the home is clean, the roaches will be more easily attracted to the bait rather than to other food sources.
2. Remove obstacles so that the technician can access every part of the home or business.
2A. Be sure that the technician has free and full access to anywhere that cockroaches have been seen (and anywhere specified by the technician).
3. Cover and store any open food. Remove all foods, small appliances, and other small items from countertops.
4. Store and/or cover baby toys, supplies, crib mattress, changing table, etc.
5. Mop/scrub kitchen and other hard floors and woodwork with detergent. Thoroughly vacuum carpeted floors.
6. Vacuum up any visible roaches and eggs just before the service visit, using the vacuum’s crevice attachment to get into cracks. After vacuuming, take the vacuum cleaner outside, remove the vacuum bag, seal it, and discard in trash. Take a damp cloth and wipe down the entire vacuum cleaner. If any cockroaches or eggs are seen after this is completed, re-vacuum or otherwise kill them.
7. Always keep garbage in closed containers and take out the garbage every night.
8. Remove items from the top of the refrigerator, stove, and any other large appliances that could not be stored. Just prior to service, move these appliances away from the wall, and clean behind and beneath them. If the stove has a removable bottom drawer that opens to the floor, you can simply pull this out, and clean it and the floor beneath. It will then not be necessary to move the entire stove.
9. Discard all excess paper products, and any other unused piles or trash, as these will provide harborage areas for roaches and other pests.
10. Homeowners should repair any water leaks immediately upon detection; apartment residents should report the leak to maintenance immediately upon detection.
11. If anyone in the home has special allergy problems, is pregnant, or is under the age of one, the technician should be informed prior to IF start of service and precautions will need to be taken. All people and pets should stay out of the area being serviced for the length of time specified by the technician.
If you have managed to follow as many of the steps as possible to prepare for pest control than you have helped immeasurably and increased the effectiveness of your pest control treatment.
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