Pest infestations can be stressful, whether they’re in a home or business property. But with the help of professional pest control, you can find out what’s causing the problem and regain control of your spaces.
To ensure a smooth and successful pest control visit, there are several steps you should take beforehand. These proactive measures facilitate the work of pest control contractors and can enhance the effectiveness of treatments, helping you achieve a pest-free environment.
Here are some of the best things you can do before a pest controller arrives at your property.
How much access do pest controllers need?
One of the most important elements for a successful pest control visit is easy access to the affected areas. Pest controllers may need to inspect lots of spaces, even those which you may not have considered obvious spots, like attics and basements.
Ensuring unobstructed access allows your pest controller to identify pest entry points and treat problem areas effectively. Other helpful tasks to aid access include trimming back overgrown vegetation (e.g., where you have a rat problem outside), clearing away clutter and unlocking gates or doors so they can move freely between areas of concern.
How can you prepare your property for a pest control visit?
As well as ensuring good access for pest controllers, start by decluttering and organising your living spaces, especially those areas where you’ve found problems like cockroach infestations.
Remove items from under sinks, clear counters and tidy up storage areas to provide better visibility of any areas they need to inspect. This makes applying pest control treatments easier and aids faster identification of pest hotspots. You should also seal food in airtight containers to prevent contamination during the pest control process.
Should you move your furniture for a pest controller?
If you’re planning a pest control visit, while it isn’t necessary to move all your furniture, creating clearer access can be beneficial. Pest control professionals should be able to navigate your spaces easily and reach areas where pests may be hiding.
However, the extent to which you need to move furniture largely depends on the type of pest being targeted and the specific treatment method required. If you want to help, you could move lightweight furniture away from walls and ensure larger pieces, such as sofas and cabinets, aren’t blocking access to potential pest hiding spots.
Do you need to be home for pest control appointments?
In most cases, it’s advisable to be present during a pest control appointment. This allows for better communication with your pest controller, directly sharing any specific concerns or observations you have.
Pest control experts may also need access to certain areas of your home that require your permission. If you can’t be present yourself, make arrangements to provide access and communicate any vital information to ensure an effective visit.
You should also consider how to keep any pets out of harm’s way, especially as doors and windows may need to be open during the visit.
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