Even though we would like to think that we can do pest control on our own, a professional exterminator will be able to ensure that your problem pest won’t ever return to your property. If you believe that you need an exterminator, then there are some steps you should take before he or she arrives. This will allow your home to be as safe as possible during treatment. Below we have outlined some tasks that you should make sure are completed before your exterminator arrives.
- You should first remove any and all plates, cups, or cookware from your kitchen counters. The nooks and crannies of cabinets are places where many pests like to hide, and it’s likely that your exterminator will want to spray there. The chemicals the exterminator uses will be dangerous, and unless you want to spend hours washing dishes after your exterminator leaves, move them out of the room.
- If the affected area of your house contains carpeting, you should thoroughly vacuum your room. This will sometimes bring the pests to the top of the carpet and make it easier for the exterminator to kill them all. You should also vacuum down any upholstered furniture, and do a general clean. This means cleaning windows, sweeping, moping—anything you would do in your typical cleaning routine.
- Move your furniture to the center of the room. Your pest probably is hiding alongside the walls, and not in the center of your carpet. By moving your furniture to the center of the room, you make it easier for the exterminator to access your pest and exterminate them.
- Make sure your pets are out of the way. If the exterminator will be treating your house downstairs, make sure pets are kept in a room upstairs and not let downstairs until the exterminator tells you that you should. Chemicals used in exterminations can be toxic for pets, and the last thing you want if for your dog or cat to become sick because they licked pesticide.
The more preparation that you are able to do prior to your exterminator arriving, the better experience you will have with your exterminator. The more time he can spend working on ridding you of pests, the better. And besides, your exterminator will be able to perform their job better when you cooperate with him or her. Make sure you ask your exterminator if there are specific instructions they have for the specific type of pest you’re dealing with. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your exterminator will help you in any way they can. We work with our customers to make sure that they understand everything we are doing before we come. If you are in need of an exterminator in the Houston area, give FullScope a call. We can help you get rid of whatever pest is ailing you and will communicate with you every step of the way.