Are there any specific precautions I should take after pest control treatments?
Specific Precautions I Should Take After Pest Control Treatments:
Taking specific precautions to protect your family and pets can ensure that pest control treatments are effective. It’s a good idea to speak with your pest control technician before the service to discuss how it will work in your home and what steps you need to take before, during and after the treatment is done.
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Clutter provides breeding places for pests and easy entry points to your home. Remove piles of books, magazines or newspapers and keep kitchen counters clear of food scraps. Seal cracks in baseboards, cabinet corners and around plumbing fixtures with caulk. Check for leaking pipes and seal them if needed. Close up any open vents that could allow pests to enter your home.
If you have children and pets, keep them away from treated areas until they are dry. Depending on the type of pest control treatment, this may only be a few hours or days. It’s important not to clean after pest control services are finished since this can wipe off the chemicals that are meant to kill pests.
After a pest control treatment is completed, you may see dead pests on surfaces and around your home. This is normal and a sign that the treatment worked.
While you are cleaning your home after the treatment, be sure to wear gloves and a mask to prevent breathing in any spray residue that may still be on surfaces. It’s also a good idea to cover any items that you don’t want to be sprayed (like flower pots, clothing, shoes, toys, etc) with plastic and store them out of the way.
Don’t sweep or swab the treated area until it is dry, about 2 hours on a sunny day. It’s a good idea to wait even longer, as it can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
Avoid eating any food that was left out during the treatment process. If you accidentally eat such food, it is likely that the chemicals used in the treatment will be rubbed off on the food, and it’s not safe to eat.
It’s a good idea to continue to use your repellent after a pest control treatment is completed. This will help to protect your family and pets from any newly hatched pests that may be attracted by the chemicals that have been sprayed in your home. Be sure to also replace the repellent as often as it is needed to be effective. You should also continue to monitor your home for any signs of pests, and if you do spot them, call your pest control professional for a follow up treatment. They will be able to recommend the best course of action to take for your particular situation. Their knowledge and experience can help you get your home back to pest-free status quickly and safely. This is the best way to ensure that your investment in a pest control treatment pays off for you and your family.