So, you scheduled an exterminator for your pest problem. Now what? Calling a professional pest control company is not enough. You need to prepare for the visit.
What do you have to do before the exterminator visits? Read below to find out.
5 Steps to Prepare for Treatment
If you want to maximize the effectiveness of an exterminator, it is imperative to follow these five steps:
Clean your house thoroughly before the exterminator arrives. This makes it easier for the exterminator to get straight to the problem. This includes:
- Wiping down all surfaces and baseboards.
- Scrubbing floors with detergent.
- Vacuuming thoroughly.
- Washing all bedding, cushions, and furniture.
- Putting away loose items like toys, books, or clothing.
After you are finished cleaning, discard all items in separate bags before throwing them in an outside dumpster. Wipe down all appliances used to clean, including vacuums.
Discard any materials or products that contain larvae/eggs, fecal matter or even pest carcasses. Then relocate food items or appliances away from treatment sites. Try to do the following:
- Cover or store open food in sealable plastic containers.
- Temporarily relocate small appliances like a microwave away from the wall.
- Reduce hiding spaces by cleaning off the stove and refrigerator.
The exterminator will need free access to where the pests are. Move all the furniture and appliances away from the walls and clean the surrounding areas.
Prepare your yard the day before the appointment. You can do this by:
- Mowing the lawn.
- Water the lawn at least twice before the appointment.
- Sweep and clear sidewalks of any debris.
Set up arrangements for people and animals in the house to be away during treatment. This is important for:
- House plants.
- Pregnant women.
- Anyone with respiratory or allergy issues.
Any pets that are unable to leave the house need protection too. For these animals, cover their enclosures with towels or sheets to keep them safe. For aquarium animals, make sure to unplug any filters before leaving.
Document any notes containing information about the pests for the exterminator. This includes locations you’ve seen the pests, what they have left behind or nests they’ve built.
This is important because the pests may not be noticeable when the exterminator is at your house. Your notes can show behaviors and hiding spots that may have been overlooked otherwise.
The final step is picking the best pest control treatment company to treat your house. Gibson Pest Control is that company. They have extensively trained professionals that have state registrations and the most updated technology.
Gibson Pest Control guarantees they will rid your home or business of any and all pests and prevent any future infestations from occurring. To get started on protecting your home, call Gibson Pest Control today.