Much like other bad things in life, pests happen. But when you have to bring in an exterminator to get rid of them, you want to make sure the job sticks. That means making your West Palm Beach pest control specialist’s job a bit easier by making sure your bases are covered on your end. What does that mean? We’ll discuss precisely that below.
Directly After a Pest Control Treatment
Generally speaking, pest control specialists use bug bombs, sprays, and other methods to combat infestations. On the one hand, this works wonderfully to kill insects. On the other hand, the neurotoxins we use aren’t very good for you or your pets either. So, your first order of business is simply to wait until the dust has settled (so to speak) and only go back inside once it’s safe to do so.
Shore Up Access Points
If you have insects in your home, it’s likely that they came in from outside. This means you’re going to want to identify potential inlets into your home from the outside. Empire Pest Defense always helps our customers do this, but it’s up to you to make the necessary changes to prevent insects from getting back into your home. This means sealing up cracks around your foundation and making sure your vents have screens.
Time to Do a Deep Cleaning
Even the cleanest of homes can get pests. But you want to reduce any incentive these pests have to access your home by reducing their food supply. This can include wiping down cupboards and countertops with bleach, making sure you’re not leaving dirty dishes in the sink, taking out the trash on a regular basis. It also helps to invest in a trash can with a lid and, when you’re dumping a lot of food in the trash, taking it outside immediately.
However, you don’t want to take the process too far. Some of the chemicals we use are meant to be left behind so that they can kill any eggs if they hatch or get bugs that weren’t removed in the first treatment.
It’s Time to Repair Those Leaks
Do you have any leaks? Well, now is the time to get them fixed. Leaks will draw bugs as most moisture will. You want to get them fixed either before or after Empire Pest Defense sprays your home to make sure that they don’t come back.
Prevention is the Best Form of Pest Control
The bottom line is that prevention is the best form of pest control. If you’re staying on top of your dishes, not leaving food around, and making sure that bugs can’t easily access your home, then spray treatments stand a far greater likelihood of success.
Talk to Empire Pest Defense
Empire Pest Defense will walk you through all the basics of preparing your home for a pest control treatment and what to do once we spray. Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment today.