When you see pests in your home, you know you need to contact a proficient pest control expert as soon as possible. You've likely requested a service and scheduled the day for the specialist to come to your home.
But how do you prepare your family and home for these services? Below, we list eight steps you should take to get your home in order and prepare your family for pest control services.
How to Prepare Your Home and Family for Pest Control Services
1. Clean Your Home
Before the pest control expert can clear your home of pests, your home needs to be clean. After all, piles of trash, unwashed laundry, and personal items strewn across the room make it difficult for the technician to find and eradicate all the pests in the area.
Pick up loose items off the floor, and stow them in a cupboard or storage container. Sweep, vacuum, and mop your floors thoroughly, and remove any rugs from the floor.
2. Move Items Away From the Walls
You should also move items away from your walls. Pull the sofas and couches into the center of your living room. Pull tables away from the walls, and do the same with your bookshelves, entertainment centers, desks, and other pieces of furniture.
Leave a large gap between the walls and the furniture so the pest control technician can easily maneuver between areas. This large space allows him or her to more easily find and eliminate pests in your home.
3. Clear Flat Surfaces
As you clean your home, remember to clear off all flat surfaces as well. Remove items from your tables (including the dining table, side tables, and coffee tables), counters, shelves, and similar surfaces. Wipe down each surface as well.
Though this step may take some time to complete, it allows your exterminator to see more effectively throughout your home. This tip also rids your home of clever places pests could hide in and ensures that more pests will be removed from your home.
4. Strip and Wash Your Bedding
Some pests like to live in linens and clothing, particularly bedding. The folds in your sheets and blankets are the perfect place for insects to lay eggs and shed. So before the pest control expert arrives at your home, strip all of the bedding and fabrics off of your beds and wash them.
After you've dried and folded the bedding, don't put it back on the beds. Instead, store it in airtight bags, and place the bags outside of your home-either in your car or at a friend's home.
You should also follow this step with clothing, cloth toys, and other similar belongings to rid these items of pests before your date of service. About a day or two before is the best time to complete this step.
5. Properly Cover and Store Your Food
Because the exterminator will likely use chemical solutions to effectively rid your home of bugs, rodents, and other pests, you'll want to keep your food safe from contamination. Remove all food items from the stove, counters and tables, and the top of the fridge. Cover everything, and put it inside a cupboard or the fridge or freezer.
6. Remove Trash From Your House
To further reduce the number of pests in your home, and to keep pests from coming back in the future, remove all the trash from your home before the specialist arrives. Most bugs and rodents like to eat decomposing food found in your trash can, so you'll want the garbage out of your home and off of your property.
7. Notify the Pest Control Company About Allergies
Again, because the pest control company may use chemicals to rid your home of pests, you should alert the company about any allergies you or your family members may have. You don't want to return home after the service only to have an allergic reaction to the chemicals used.
Some pest control companies use green solutions to eliminate pests, so they could switch to this extermination method to keep you and your family members safer.
8. Arrange for Temporary Housing If Necessary
Finally, you'll likely have to leave your home while the technician works. After you book a service, make hotel reservations or other temporary housing arrangements. Be aware that you may not be able to return to your home immediately after the technician leaves, so plan accommodations for a few days.
If you can't stay in a hotel for a few days, talk to friends, neighbors, or family members and see if you can stay with them until you can move back into your home.
Once you've scheduled a service with Ace Walco, your pest control specialist, take the steps above to prepare your home and family for the process. You should also speak with the technician before the date of service to make sure everything is ready for him or her to enter your home. The last thing you want is to reschedule your service because your home isn't prepared.
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