Effective elimination requires a partnership between the professional pest control operators and the homeowner, with both taking action to get the pests out–and them keep out.
Clean your Property
Today, professionals most often use gel bait insecticides to control and eliminate cockroaches. This requires the placement of small beads of gel bait in areas where cockroaches are known or expected to harbor, travel, or feed. In addition to cleaning your home before the pest control visit, you should commit to keeping your home as neat and clean as possible for long-term success. This helps to eliminate food sources for the insects, making the bait more attractive.
Turn Off Electrically Plugged Appliances
Turn off or unplug any items with electric heating elements, pianos, organs, heaters, and air conditioners to avoid short-circuiting.
Open all Door between Rooms
This will allow the fumigation of pesticides to pass through every space. Also open cabinets, drawers, closets, appliances, and safes. If it has a door, open it. Raise all the blinds and drapes on your windows to allow the fumigator easy access.
If automobiles are left in a garage, all windows must be rolled down, trunk left open and trunk light disabled for access.
In Incase of Fleas, Treat Pets Simultaneously with the Property
Pets can get fleas from outside or from being around other animals that have fleas. Whether you purchase flea control products for your use or you choose to work with a pest control company, the home, pet(s), and yard (as applicable) must be all treated at the same time.
Seal Food Items
These items can be moved off-site or double-sealed in trash bags. This includes medicine, pet food, tobacco, and dental products. Only products in unopened bottles, jars, or cans with the original seal intact do not require double-bagging. Your professional fumigator should make sure all necessary items are properly contained.
Start Sealing Off Pest Entry Points
To ensure the treatment is as effective and long-lasting as possible, start by repairing all holes in walls and along baseboards and ceiling doors that don’t close properly. Also, remove all items from the top of the refrigerator and from beneath the kitchen sink to provide clear access to these areas.
Rake Back Gravel and Mulch
As for the exterior of the house, the fumigator will help you decide what to do with plants that may obstruct the exercise, as some of these may have to be removed.
Organize to Wash Bedding after Fumigation
The homeowner or resident plays an important role in the success of a bed bug treatment program. Organize to remove all bedding (sheets, covers, dust ruffles, etc.) from the mattresses and box springs in all bedrooms after fumigation.
Wash all bed linens in the hottest water possible. Do not replace the bed linens for at least four hours after treatment, or as instructed by the pest control operator.