5 Things To Do Before the Exterminator Comes

Bugs are one of the most undesirable issues to have in a home. In addition to being embarrassing, gross, and scary, they can also have negative effects on your health. An exterminator Portland OR can help get rid of the bugs, but it’s important to first do a few things yourself to help the extermination be as effective as possible. 

1. Clean Your Home

Tidy your home and pay special attention to the food on floors or countertops. Remove anything that could be a food source for bugs. Removing the food source will help the bugs find the bait or poison left by the exterminator. 

2. Move Furniture Away From the Walls

Move large furniture or appliances away from the walls so the exterminator can get into all the corners and crevices where bugs might be living and laying eggs. 

3. Remove or Lock Up Pets

While most pest services are not harmful to large animals, it’s good to keep your pets locked up and out of the way while your home is being sprayed. It’s also a good idea to put pet food, litter boxes, or favorite chew toys up where they can’t be accidentally sprayed. 

4. Take Notes

For a few days before the exterminator arrives, take mental notes about where you most often see bugs. You can even write down a list of all the areas you have seen them. This will help the exterminator target the exact problem areas. 

5. Take Extra Precautions

If you are pregnant, have a baby, have asthma, or other sensitivities, plan to be out of the home for a few hours. Make sure that anyone who might be strongly affected has a place to be until it’s safe to return. You can always call the exterminator ahead of time and talk to them about any health concerns you have, and find out how long you should stay out of the house.

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