- Things to do before pest control treatment
- Things to do after pest control treatment
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Are you looking to free your home from the menace created by cockroaches, flies, spiders, and rats? If you are, all you need to do is seek the best pest control treatment available in town. However, before going in for this option, you need to know what to do before and after pest control treatment. This article will tell you what needs to be done pre and post-pest control of the whole house.
Things to do before pest control treatment
It would be best to take necessary precautions before using pest control medicine for home.
Creation of access
Move furniture or equipment away from room corners. Doing so will enable the pest control professional to access spaces where pests are most likely to be. It will also help protect the furniture or devices from the pest control spray used during the treatment.
Packing of clothes and furniture items
Put away toys, utensils, clothes, jewellery, and make-up. These items should be packed in cupboards or boxes. Ensure that there are no gaps. Make the bed and cover it with a top sheet- this can be washed post-treatment.
Use an old bedsheet or plastic to cover up the furniture in the house. The latter is a better choice since sheets may not offer adequate protection from pest control chemicals. Keep in mind that if there is a termite infestation, you’ll have to pay special attention to wooden furniture. Removing it from the room to a space where pest control medecine may be applied could be necessary.
Clean out the kitchen area
Start with emptying out and thoroughly washing the dustbin. Next, focus on the countertops. Put away cutlery and vessels to have an empty surface for the pest control spray. If you can, move kitchen items to a different room. It is also essential to spray chemicals used for pest control in all parts of the kitchen, including cabinets and storage space; the kitchen attracts lots of pests. It is necessary to keep all small devices away from the kitchen. If this is not possible, unplug them and use a plastic sheet to offer more protection. Store any leftover food in suitable and sturdy plastic containers or metal boxes; flimsy plastic does not protect from pests. You may need to unplug your fridge, so make sure that you’ve taken a good look at the contents of the same.
Keep pets away
If you have a pet at home, you should leave it with a friend or neighbour before the pest control process begins. This is for the protection of the animal since they are especially sensitive to pest control chemicals used during the treatment. Leave any toys or bedding used for the pet out of the house during treatment. If you have an aquarium at your home, it must be adequately covered. Ensure that the fish are fed before the treatment or use an auto-feeder to keep them well-fed during the treatment. You must switch off the air pumps in the aquarium to prevent the chemicals used in the treatment from entering the aquarium and causing distress to the fish.
Protect wall paintings and flower pots
Take down paintings, wall hangings and decorations and cover them with plastic before the treatment. If your home has flower pots, the best option is to leave them in the open before the pest control treatment begins. If you have a balcony garden, move the pots around so that there is space for the treatment.
You should also clear it out if you want to do pest control in the whole house. Be extra mindful of shaving razors, soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Storing them away from the bathroom may save you the bother of buying a new set.
Things to do after pest control treatment
Once you have adequately prepared for the pest control treatment, allow the treatment to be carried out. Here are some suggestions on what needs to be done once the pest control treatment is done and dusted.
Wait to get back home
If you have had to leave home for the pest control treatment, don’t be in a rush to get back. Wait for the professional’s recommendation before you go back home.
Discard leftover food
Please discard any food items left inadvertently on returning home after the pest control process.
Avoid cleaning immediately
As soon as your pest control professional leaves your home, continue to let the treatment do its work. Don’t sweep, swab or clean the house just yet. It is ideal to wait a week at least before undertaking any sort of thorough cleaning after the pest treatment.
Post pest control service, you should check for leakages in your home. If you find issues with pipes or taps, you need to fix them as soon as possible. This is one more way to prevent the entry of pests.
Post-pest control treatment, you must wear disposable gloves while handling the surfaces where chemicals have been sprayed. Wearing a mask and plain glasses while unwrapping objects and putting away things is also recommended.
Avoid leaving paper
Discard old paper as a matter of routine. This is especially true of food delivery bags. Wet paper or brown paper bags also attract pests and should be thrown away. If you store magazines and papers, make sure that you do this away from the kitchen.
Routinely check for pests
In the days that follow pest control treatment, you will find dead pests. Keep a watch out and clean regularly.
These points cover everything you need to know about what needs to be done before and after pest control treatment. Contact a reputed pest control treatment provider and learn more about keeping your house pest-free and safe for all its inhabitants.
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