How to Prepare for a Pest Control Treatment

Pest control treatments can quickly and effectively get rid of pests living in your home whether you are getting a one time treatment pest treatment to deal with an infestation or receive ongoing pest control visits on a bimonthly or quarterly basis. Knowing what the process will entail before your pest control technician arrives at your home can help you make the most out of each visit.

During pest control, a pest professional will use special pest treatment products around your home. Depending on the type of pest you’re dealing with, the treatment may be exterior only or might also involve interior applications. In general, bi-monthly or quarterly pest control is more likely to be limited to exterior treatments unless you need additional assistance with an aggressive pest that has made its way indoors. Once you know whether you’re receiving indoor or outdoor pest control treatments, observing the following steps will make the application process faster and more effective at eliminating pests safely.

What to Do Before a Pest Control Service Arrives

During their visit your pest control company will strategically apply treatment around the foundation of your home, windows, doors, floors, and in other locations near the ground. These are the areas that pests, most often used to get inside homes and traverse through your space.

By giving the pest professional easy access to floors, walls and your foundation, you can be sure that every part of your home is treated. Before a pest control professional arrives, take some time to move any trash or large objects away from the outside of your home’s foundation. Inside, clear up clutter around the perimeter of rooms and remove and remove any items from window sills.

If the pest control treatment is happening indoors, you may want to take some additional precautions to keep the pest treatment from coming into contact with your personal items. Ideally your pest control company is using safe eco friendly solutions that are non toxic for your family, but limiting exposure provides added safety. Use the following methods to protect your belongings during the pest control treatment:

  • Put away clothes, toys, and other belongings in closets. 
  • Cover clothing and belongings that cannot be put away with a sheet.
  • Put dishes in cabinets.
  • Store all food and airtight containers, ideally in your fridge or in cabinets.
  • Put toiletries like toothbrushes away.
  • Temporarily removed towels from the bathroom.

If you have pets living in your house you will want to take additional precautions to keep them out of the way of your pest professional and prevent them from going near treatment as it is applied or while it is drying. Sending your pets elsewhere for a day or keeping them crated or in a separate room for a few hours is enough. If you have fish tanks or reptile tanks and are receiving indoor pest control, turning off oxygen supply systems during treatment can help limit any contamination.

There are also some safety steps you can take after pest control treatment to further reduce any risk of coming into contact with treatment applied indoors. This includes wiping down countertops surfaces and washing any dishes, towels, bedding, or other items that were left out during treatment. You should avoid washing rolls or floors immediately following treatment, however, as this can remove the product. 

If you have any questions about preparing for your pest control treatment, reaching out to your company is usually the best way to get the answers you need. At ADAPT Pest Management, we offer convenient and flexible pest control in Roseville, and are able to answer all of your questions regarding preparing for pest control when you give us a call.

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