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Having your home treated for pests is an important step in the prevention of pests, such as cockroaches, silverfish, ants, spiders, fleas, etc. But you should know what to expect after a pest treatment and how long should it last for.
What to Expect After a Pest Treatment
If a treatment is done correctly, you should get around twelve months before needing it done again. But during this time, you may still see some pests around the home. This may seem strange since you have just had the house or office sprayed. However, no one can stop all pests for 12 months completely. This is almost impossible.
What to Expect While the Pest Treatment is Ongoing
When a treatment is being done, all the internal skirting boards and kick boards are sprayed with pesticide. If kitchen cupboards are empty, they will also be sprayed. The sprays used today have a good residual effect for internal treatments. When spraying the external part of the property, areas like gutters and down pipes and weep holes are all targeted to gain the best possible long term results. However, when spraying external buildings, whether it’s a home, a unit or an office complex for a commercial site, the UV rays from the sun will eventually break down the pesticide. The other thing that can have an effect on an external treatment is rain. So it’s good to use an honest and reliable pest control service such as Best 1 Cleaning and Pest Control. We will give you sound advice on what to expect for your circumstances. Each and every job is different and may need a different approach.
Application of Pesticides and Solutions
To gain the best results from a pest treatment, the pest technician will need to apply the products on the correct places. Along with the liquid sprays used, there are also other products such as gels and dusts. Both of these products are very effective for long term eradication of pests.
Dusts such as permethrin are used in areas like roof voids. They are blown into the roof cavity with an electric blower. This means the pest controller doesn’t have to physically get into the roof, they just need to place the blower nozzle in through the man hole cover. The dusts will stay active for 12 months or more if not disturbed. It can also be placed on cupboard hinges in kitchen areas and under appliances, such as fridges, microwaves, dish washers, etc. The dust is best used as a light coating over the surface. If too much is applied, pests such as cockroaches will move around it. The idea of the dust being placed under the appliances is to allow pests to move over it. This is then ingested into the body and will eventually kill the pest.
Gels are used mainly in kitchen areas and are placed on cupboard door hinges. Only a small blob about the size of a match head will need to be used. Not every hinge needs to be treated, just a few. This will depend on the severity of the problem. The gels are also a good long term solution in helping prevent cockroaches, as they have a good residual effect, meaning they will stay active for many months.
Importance of Using Environmentally and Pet Friendly Products
The good thing about today’s pest treatments, especially if you hire Best 1 Cleaning and Pest Control to do your treatment, is that we only use environmentally friendly products, and all of the products used are odourless.
If you have pets such as a fish, cats or dogs, the treatment is safe also for them. But during the treatment, all pet drinking and food bowls should be turned upside down to prevent any part of the pesticide getting into drinking water or food. Once the spraying is finished, the bowls can then be filled again. With fish tanks, they will need to be covered with a towel during the whole process just to be safe. We also recommend turning off any pumps that are in the fish tanks. They can be turned back on once the treatment is finished.
What to Expect from Your Professional Pest Treatment
So what can you expect from your professional pest treatment? The products used by pest controllers these days are very good, but they will not stop pests altogether. What they will do is put up a defence system in and around the home. This means that if a pests such as a cockroach comes into the home, it will eventually come in contact with the products used, and this will stop them from wanting to nest or breed within the property.
If an infestation is being treated, you may see a large number of pests around over the next few days. This is because the products used also have flushing agents in them. Pests like cockroaches, spiders and silverfish will all want to escape the treated areas. In some situations, it is normal to see an increase in some pests after the initial treatment. If after a month you are still seeing a number of pests, then you should call the company and they should come back and have a look at the problem and possibly do a secondary treatment.
What You Can Do?
Keep Your Home Clean
In order to help keep pests out of your home or office, regular cleaning and good hygiene is very important. The areas to keep clean are kitchens and, in particular behind appliances. Very few people ever clean behind their fridge or dishwasher. These areas are breeding grounds for pests such as cockroaches. To keep these areas clean, spend the time to pull them out and vacuum behind them.
When doing regular vacuuming of the floors, also do the skirting boards and the corners of rooms. This will help keep the spiders and also dust down. Once every few months, vacuum window tracks. This will help stop ants as they will search these areas looking for dead bugs like flies.
All wet areas, such as bathrooms and laundries, should also be kept clean. Toothpaste left on bathroom bench tops will attract cockroaches and ants. Wipe these areas clean after use.
If you have pets, try to feed them once or twice a day. After they have finished, remove any remaining food and place it back into a container. If pet food is left out, it will bring in cockroaches, silverfish and ants. No amount of spraying will stop them.