How To Prepare For A Pest Control Visit

Calling a professional to help with a pest infestation can be stressful, especially if it’s your first time tackling such a problem. Our highly trained and experienced pest control professionals are ready to help whenever needed, but there are some things you can do to help us during a visit to your home or office. While preparing for your first pest control visit doesn’t require a lot of prep work, it can certainly make the process easier and smoother for both you and your pest specialist.

In general, most pest control treatments are targeted applications. The trained pest specialists at Tactical Pest Services can safely administer treatment while you are still at home. We recommend you are present to meet with your pest control specialist when they are scheduled to visit your home. With the right professional pest control services, you can get treatments that are effective and guaranteed.

Here are a few things you can help prepare before a technician visits your home or office:

Provide Adequate Access

Pests love to hide in tight corners, underneath furniture, behind boxes, and under other stored items. It’s ideal to give your pest control specialist as much access to these areas as possible. One of the best ways you can help is by moving items out so we can reach the darkest corners to apply pest control treatments accurately and effectively.

Prepare Your Kitchen

Before your first pest control treatment, it’s important to give your kitchen a thorough cleaning. Routine cleaning of your kitchen is a good practice for making your home less attractive to pests in the future. Make sure all good items are stored in the refrigerator or cabinets. Any items such as small appliances or cookware that normally sit on countertops should also be stored or covered.

If you are feeling especially helpful, pull out the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher and clean those areas. While this is not required for most pest control visits, if you have a heavy infestation of certain insects, it may be necessary to pull out those appliances. If you can’t move these large appliances, that is ok! Do your best to clean up any debris, food, or trash from under and around the appliances.

Move Furniture Away from Walls

Just like moving your large appliances away from the walls in the kitchen, you will probably want to move large furniture items away from the walls in other rooms of your home. This is not necessary but always appreciated, particularly if there is a larger infestation involved. Some of the more important pieces of furniture to focus on are couches, bookcases, beds, and dressers that may be flush with the walls of your home. Moving these items away from the wall will help your pest control professional conduct a more comprehensive search for any pest activity.

Open Doorways, Closets, and Drawers

As mentioned previously, pests are good at finding different nooks and crannies where they can hide. Opening any doors between rooms, closets, and drawers will allow your pest control expert easy access to look for signs of activity and make it easier to treat pests.

Tidy Up

Take some time to make sure any clothes, children’s toys, jewelry, make-up, toiletries, etc. are all stored safely. It’s best to place all these items inside cabinets or closets if possible, depending on where the pest infestation is. If you plan ahead, the best time to do laundry is during a pest control visit! While not required, it is ideal to remove any bed sheets, covers, cushions, pillows, mattresses, etc. during inspection and treatment. This step is more important for antique or expensive household decorations. Our pest control experts will be especially careful in areas of your home where these more delicate items reside.

Confine Pets to One Area

We all love our furry family members, but if you have pets that are a bit skittish around strangers, consider keeping them safely outside or temporarily leaving them with a friend, relative, local kennel, or pet-sitter while your pest control specialist is visiting. Thinking ahead about where to keep pets during a pest control visit will provide you and our technicians with peace of mind. Your technician can freely open doors and windows, as well as get into tighter spaces to diagnose and treat your pest problem without worrying that your pet will run outside or get in the way.

Try To Be Home

When scheduling an appointment with our pest control professionals, try to be home to let them in and to grant them access to the various rooms where pests may be hiding. Being present to walk your pest control specialist through your home can make it easier for them to diagnose and treat your problem, and the technician can easily point out trouble areas and provide recommendations.

Modern-day pest control treatments are not nearly as harmful or as toxic as they were in the past. Our advanced approach to pest control will leave a minimal impact on your home and focus only on the pests we are trying to eliminate. All the steps above are recommendations to make this whole process as easy as possible. Please feel free to reach out and discuss any specific questions in person, over the phone, or via email. We can accommodate special requests and tirelessly work to make every visit to your home or office efficient and stress-free.