Pest Control Preparation
How to prep your home for your pest control treatment
Pest Control Preparation Instructions
Before your service please take the time to follow the directions on the prep form that matches the service our technicians will be coming to your home or business to perform. Thank you!
Please open, print, and sign any of the forms below that apply.
- People and pets will need to be vacated of the premises during treament and for 3-4 hours after treatment is complete
- Anyone with any health or breathing issues may want to check with their physician prior to treatment for any additional precautions. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and labels are available upon request.
- We will need access to the home and any attic or crawl spaces during treatment.
- Power may need to be provided for any drilling into brick wall voids.
- If there are any sighting under sinks along any plumbing lines, items will need to be removed from those areas.
NOTICE TO TENANT: If all items are not completed your unit will not be treated. You may be responsible for payment for us to return at a non-scheduled time to treat your unit. It is most important that all units be done at the same time to achieve 100% control.
ITEMS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE TREATMENT
- Remove all food, dishes, pots, pans, towels, silverware etc. from ALL kitchen and bathroom cupboards and drawers. Items may not be left on the kitchen or bathroom counter tops or in sinks. Remove drawers and stack empty drawers in a criss-cross pattern on the floor. Also remove any breadboards. Place items on a table and throw a sheet over the top.
- Remove all pets from the unit for at least 4 hours from the beginning of the treatment of your unit.
- People are also to be out of the unit during treatment and afterwards for at least 4 hours from the start of treatment on your unit. If you have any medical problems it may be advisable to be out longer. Please consult with your physician.
- Disconnect all smoke alarms.
- Move furniture away from walls by at least 2 feet.
- Remove bottom drawer from oven and clean that area. Leave the drawer out.
- Pull the refrigerator out by at least one foot and clean that area. Leave out from the wall so this area can be treated.
CLEAN UP: All surface areas such as counter tops, sinks, and the bottoms of cupboards should be wiped down before putting article back. Do NOT wipe baseboards, cracks, or crevices under sinks or in cupboards, as you will wash off chemical residual. You may still notice some active cockroach infestations for a couple of weeks following the initial treatment, but this is normal as they are being flushed out from wall and ceiling voids.
If you have any questions, please contact our office anytime Monday – Friday between 8am and 5 pm.
- Vacuum or wash throw rugs; vacuum carpeted areas and furniture (especially between and under cushions.) Vacuum along baseboard areas. Throw the bag away after vacuuming.
- Mop and or sweep all vinyl or hardwood floors.
- Pick up items off the floor areas including closet areas. Shoes, toys, clothing, magazines, newspapers etc must be up off the floor areas prior to any treatment being performed.
- Pets should have a professional flea treatment or an in home treatment done just prior to treatment or right after treatment of your home.
- People and pets need to vacate the premises during and after the treatment for approximately 3-4 hour or until carpets are thoroughly dry. To test if carpets are dry, lay a tissue on the carpet and step on it. If carpets are still damp, vacate 1-2 more hour.
- Aquariums and fish bowls are OK to be left on the premises as long as they are up off the floor and covered with a towel.
- Approximately 24 hours after the flea service, vacuuming the entire home will help cause the fleas to hatch out and come in contact with the chemical residual. Vacuuming will not lift the chemicals from the carpeted areas. Do not damp mop vinyl and hardwood floors for a couple of weeks. If you plan to have carpets cleaned, you will need to wait 60 days or have it done prior to treatment. By vacuuming every few days, you will help the fleas to come under quicker control.
NOTE: It is not uncommon to see a few fleas up to the three week follow up, especially after vacuuming.
- Vacuum and / or mop entire floor areas and in hard to reach areas such as behind the refrigerator, washer, dry, oven, hot water tank, along baseboards, in cold air returns, and heating ducts. Vacuum under all loose rugs. Check for infestation under all furniture and vacuum thoroughly under ALL furniture.
- Check for infestations in all woolen and cotton garments, remnants, and furs. Have any infested items professionally dry cleaned or run through the dryer on hot for at least 30 minutes. Leave items out of drawers and closet for treatment.
- Remove any old birds or bees nests that may be in crawl space or attic area. If there are old nests that cannot be removed, there may be additional charges to treat these areas.
- REMOVE ALL items from cupboards, drawers and pantry’s that contain food items. Items are to be left out of cupboards for treatment. Check ALLdried food items for infestation. Throw away any infested products. Put all dry products into sealed containers.
- Pick up any small items from floor areas, tops of closets, and under beds. Vacuum thoroughly under beds and tops of closet shelves and any drawers where infestation has been seen.
People and pets are to vacated during treatment and after treatment for a period of 4 hours.
- Throw away all infested cereals, grains, flours, and other sources of infestation.
- Thoroughly clean all food areas such as cupboards, cabinets, under sinks, breadboards, etc.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to clean out all cracks and corners of cupboards and drawers as necessary.
- Clean up all spilled crumbs alongside stove, dishwasher, under refrigerator, and in and around the toaster.
- Store all long term dry products in glass or plastic sealed containers.
- Remove all cooking utensils, food items, etc from all kitchen cupboards, drawers, and pantry areas. Kitchen must look like you have moved out. Put all items on a table and throw a sheet over the top.
- Upon re-entry, wipe down all surface areas, but do not clean heavily in cracks or crevices or drawers and cupboards.
People and pets are to be vacated during treatment and for a minimum of 4 hours after treatment.
NOTE: These items must be completed prior to service or the technician may not perform service and a service charge will be applied.
- Pick up all loose “clutter” inside of the home to maximize the floor surface areas. This may include but is not limited to: boxes, clothing, children’s toys, books, magazines, exercise equipment, pet dishes, etc. You may place these items up on counters, tables, chairs or furniture.
- Damp mop any and all solid floor surfaces such as tile, hardwood flooring, linoleum or concrete. Pay particular attention to edges such as baseboards and around corners.
- Vacuum all carpeted floor surfaces and make sure to include out of the way areas such as under furniture (couches, overstuffed chairs, recliners, ottomans, etc.) and behind difficult to reach areas such as behind credenzas, desks, tables, chairs, curios, dressers, cabinets etc.
- Remove all items from under beds and in bedroom closets and place items up on the bed. Thoroughly vacuum these areas especially in cracks and crevices.
- Vacuum around and behind all appliances such as hot water tanks, washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, whether in the home or inside the garage or basement.
- Trim away any tree branches or shrubbery from the outside roof area or exterior siding by at least 6 inches. Move any stacked firewood away from the exterior siding by at least 6 inches.
- Check all exterior entrances to make sure there are no gaps under any of the doors. If there are gaps, install necessary threshold or door sweeps to prevent access to ground crawling insects.
People and pets will be required to vacate once the technician begins to treat and will be required to remain out of the structure for a minimum of 2 hours to let the products dry. Upon return, you may notice a slight increase in the number of spiders being flushed out for a few days before they die, this is perfectly normal. Please make sure all of these preparations have been completed by the time the technician arrives or he may not be able to perform the treatment. If you have any questions prior to treatment, please contact our office before your scheduled treatment date.