You cannot just call a pest control company and then do nothing to prepare your home before they arrive. Effective pest control requires a partnership between professional pest control operators (PCOs), and homeowners, where both take action to eliminate the pests.
Although the amount of preparation required by the homeowner is quite standard, most PCOs will give you a list detailing the steps that must be taken before they visit. Many PCOs won’t treat areas not prepared for treatment because they could be unsafe or reinfest the entire house or building.
Preparation Tips Before Pest Control Treatment
Getting Rid Of Cockroaches
There are many ways to prepare for cockroach removal. Experts use gel bait insecticides these days to eliminate as well as control cockroaches. The gel bait is placed in areas where the cockroaches are likely to live, breed, or travel. For long-term success, it is important to clean your home before a pest control visit. This will make the bait more appealing by removing food sources.
Before any service is performed, it is important to inform the PCO if anyone is experiencing special allergies, or if a house member is pregnant or under the age of one. The PCO will specify that pets and people should not be allowed to enter the service area.
Flea Control Service
Fleas can be spread to pets from the outside, or from other pets. You can purchase flea control products to use at home or hire a pest control company to treat your yard and pets. Here are a few preparation tips before you begin the extermination of fleas.
- Use hot water for the beddings of your pets.
- Vacuum the carpet, and mop hard surface floors, including walls and in closets.
- Vacuuming furniture is a good idea, especially under and between cushions.
Ant Control Service
Pest control specialists often use gel bait insecticides for ant infestations, similar to cockroach control services. You will need to place tiny portions of the gel bait in areas where you see ants trailing or feeding. You can place the bait on small pieces of cardboard, a holder or inside an ant station. You will need to clean up any spillages, vacuum thoroughly, and store your food in an ant-proof container or the fridge.
Rodent Control Service
A single mouse or rat can indicate that an entire family is living in your home. While there are many ways to eliminate mice and rats from your home, it is possible to hire an exterminator at times.
For the best results, repair any holes along walls and baseboards. Seal the doors properly to make sure that the treatment would last. Clear off the top portion of your refrigerator and the cabinet under the sink for easier access.
Bed Bug Service
Bed bugs are a serious problem and can be difficult to eradicate. A professional treatment service is usually required to eliminate bed bugs completely. The homeowner or resident is crucial in the success and safety of a bedbug treatment program. Preparing for service calls:
- All bedding (sheets and covers, dust ruffles etc.) must be removed. All bedrooms should be cleared of all bedding, including sheets, covers and dust ruffles.
- All bed linens should be washed in hot water. You should not change the bed linens until at least four hours following treatment or as directed by the PCO.
- All personal belongings, including clothing, shoes, and stored materials, must be removed from furniture and floors throughout the house.
Although homeowners can learn about termites and help them identify problems, professionals for pest control in Myrtle Beach are recommended for termite control. Professionals have the expertise and equipment necessary to eliminate termites. It’s because of the different termite species as well as the unique methods needed to control them. Subterranean termites nest close to or below the ground, while colonies of dry wood termites can be found above ground.
PCOs suggest that homeowners should prepare for the pest control service by moving any appliances, furniture, or any stored items from their interior walls at least three feet away (wherever possible) from the spots the technician has designated as being in need of treatment. Don’t forget to cover your closets.