What should I do if I see pests in my home after treatment?
The best thing you can do if pests appear in your home after a treatment is to give the chemicals time to work. They may take several days to fully impact the pest population, but they will eventually do so if you give them enough time. After a few days, if you still see pests, contact your exterminator and schedule a re-service.
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Preventing Pest Infestations.
One of the best things you can do to prevent future pest infestations is to keep your home clean and free of food and crumbs. Pests are attracted to crumbs, wet paper products, and other moisture-holding materials.
Be sure to empty trash cans regularly, wipe down kitchen counters and cabinets, and store foods in sealed plastic containers.
Also, if you have any pet food or treats that need to be stored, consider dropping them off at your neighbors’ or friends’ houses during the treatment period. Keeping your pets out of the way will help prevent them from being exposed to pesticides and make them less likely to linger around your home afterward.
Before the treatment, you can vacuum carpets and rugs to remove loose debris that can attract pests. You should also dust the ceiling fans, sweep and mop floors and wipe down baseboards and windows with a disinfectant like Lysol.
You should always follow your exterminator’s instructions when it comes to cleaning up after treatment. If you clean too soon, you may wipe away the chemicals and prevent them from working effectively.
It is also important to spray hard-to-reach areas where pests tend to hide, such as behind toilets, in the cracks and crevices of showers and bathtubs, around door frames and thresholds, and inside closets. You should also spray the corners of rooms, where walls meet, and the undersides of appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers.
After the pest control technician finishes, you should wait two to four hours before entering the treated area. This will give the chemicals time to dry. While waiting, it is a good idea to open your windows and doors to ventilate the room.
When you are able to return, wear rubber gloves when handling food or other substances in your home. Do not touch anything sprayed with your naked hands, as this could cause an allergic reaction. Also, you should never eat any food that has been touched by unprotected hands.
During a pest treatment, you should also avoid bringing children and pets into sprayed rooms until the spraying is complete. If you must bring them in, you should use a heavy plastic bag and put it over the entrance door. You should also cover furniture, such as chairs and tables, to protect it from stains.
You should also make sure to dispose of dead pests as soon as possible. If they are not removed, they can re-infest the home. In addition, it is a good idea to have a pest inspection before buying any property. A pest inspector will be able to identify potential problems, such as leaks or rodent damage, that can lead to costly repairs later.