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How to Prepare for Cockroach Control Services




Cockroaches are one of the most detestable pests. They are also very harmful because of their ability to spread disease, bring a lot of damage to items, and contaminate food items. The population of these pests also grows faster. The infestation is more rapid and damaging than you can imagine. Exterminating roaches from home is a tough task. This is because you need to focus on driving out the entire population at one go. You can use a number of methods for cockroach control.

Call Out for Professionals

This is the most important thing to do. Professional pest control professionals commonly use gel bait insecticides to control and remove cockroaches. This demands the placement of small beads of gel bait at sites where the cockroaches are known or expected to live and feed. Professional cockroach control services will normally provide you with a specific list of preparation activities. However, lack of preparation may make the treatment unsafe or lead to reinfestation of the entire home or building.

Steps to Prepare for Cockroach Control

Clean Well

Clean the home before the team arrives. It is also important that you maintain hygiene in the future too. This is important to remove food sources for the insects. A clean home will help roaches get attracted to bait more than to any food sources.

Place a Lid

You must cover and store any open food. Also remove all foods, smaller appliances, and other small items from countertops.

Store Well

Store all of the baby toys, changing table, mats, crib etc. at a safe place. You may even cover these well.

Mop Down

Mop down or scrub kitchen and other hard floors and woodwork. Use a detergent for this purpose. Vacuum carpeted floors thoroughly.

Vacuum Up Roaches

It is important to vacuum up roaches and their eggs that are visible to you.  This needs to be done prior to the professionals arrive. The crevice attachment of vacuum will help to get into cracks. Once the vacuuming is over, take the vacuum cleaner outside. You should also remove the vacuum bag, seal it, and discard in trash. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the vacuum cleaner.

Close Trash

Always keep the trash bin closed. It is also important to remove garbage every night.

Remove Items

Remove items from the top of the microwave, kitchen countertop, refrigerator, stove, etc. Move all of these appliances away from the wall. For stove with a removable bottom drawer that opens to the floor, you may simply pull this out and clean it.

Fully Accessible

Make double sure that the pest control professional has free and full access to anywhere that cockroaches have been seen.

No Paper Products

Make sure you discard all excess paper products. Also, use unused piles or trash. These can provide positive info.

No Leaks

Homeowners should pay special attention to repairing any water. This should be done immediately upon detection; apartment residents should report the leak to maintenance immediately upon detection.

Inform about Health Conditions

Make sure you inform roaches control service about any allergy problems. Let them know you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a child under the age of one. This info should be handed over to the PCO. Keep all people and stay away from the area being serviced for the length of time specified by the PCO.

After Cockroach Control Service

Once the service is over, you must focus on maintaining sanitation to a very high level. Strictly avoid touching cockroach gel. Do not allow pets and children to get near the gel for a specific span of time (as recommended by experts).


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