Monday, April 7, 2014

Preparing Your Home for Pest Control

Spring is finally upon us and with that comes warmer weather, more sunshine and BUGS! The snow had barely melted when I first started seeing ants trying to get inside which is really strange because we have never had an issues with ants in our house before. Normally small annoyances like this can easily be taken care of yourself, however, if you run into a bigger problem with pests in your home, it might be better to leave it to the professionals. If you do decide you need help, the following are some tips of how you can prepare your house for the exterminator. 


Even though it typically doesn’t take long for an experienced pest control company -- such as PlanetOrange.com -- to eliminate unwanted pests, you can help make the exterminator’s job a bit easier by properly preparing your home for their arrival. Clean out from underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks. This includes temporarily removing any items you normally store in that location. By simply removing and cleaning out these areas, you will give the pest control experts more room to work. You should also ensure all items are at least two feet away from the exterior of your home and move items away from the interior garage walls. This allows the pest control expert to easily inspect and possibly treat these areas. If you have bushes or groundcover that covers and conceals the foundation or walls, make sure to trim them back a bit before the exterminators visit. The pest control expert may need to enter your basement, crawl space or attic so you should ensure there is easy access to these areas. If the access opening to these areas are located in a close, remove any clothing or items stored beforehand to make it easier for the inspector to gain entry to these places. The preparation for flea control is a bit different and requires stripping all the beds and removing any slipcovers from the furniture. These items -- along with pet beds -- should then be washed in laundry detergent using the hottest water setting that those specific fabrics can stand. Make sure to thoroughly vacuum upholstered furniture and carpets, and consider shampooing or steam cleaning the carpeting and upholstery as well. If you do decide to go this route, just make sure the fabrics are completely dry before the appointment. Furthermore, consult with your veterinarian about flea treatment options for your pet and plan to have everyone -- including your pets -- out of the home for a few hours during the treatment process.

I guess with every change of season we must take the good with the bad. I can deal with a few ants if it means warmer temps and SUNSHINE! 

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