If it seems like you're always dealing with some sort of pest invasion, you may need to consider preventative treatments rather than just killing bugs once they've moved into your home. You can hire a pest control company to make scheduled visits during the year to apply pesticides that control roaches and other bugs so they are less of a nuisance. Here's how to decide on the frequency of treatments and what to expect when you have preventative pest control services.
How Often To Schedule Pest Control Visits
The frequency of visits from your pest control company will depend on a number of things. You might need service every one, two, or three months. If you have an infestation now, the exterminator will treat for the type of pests in your home, and you may need monthly followups to make sure the pests are eradicated. If you don't have an active infestation and just want to make sure it stays that way, quarterly treatments might be all you need. Your climate, the environment around your home, how well your home is sealed, and the type of bugs you usually deal with (such as ants, roaches, or spiders) will factor into how often the exterminator visits your home. Also, the pesticide that's used can also affect the frequency.
The effects of pesticide could wear off in a few weeks or last a few months. The best way to decide how often to have pest control services is to discuss your situation with the exterminator and ask for advice considering your situation and the type of pesticides being used.
What To Expect From A Treatment
Your first treatment might be more comprehensive since the exterminator may take a close look at your home and offer advice on things you can do to help prevent pests, such as fix a drip under the sink or seal gaps around windows. When a treatment is applied, the exterminator usually applies the pesticide to each room of your house inside and also around the perimeter of your house outside. The exterminator may also apply the pesticide around windows and other likely points of entry for insect pests. During the visit, the exterminator looks for signs of bug activity such as wings or droppings, and will ask if you've been seeing any bugs inside lately so the treatment can be adjusted as necessary.
You may want to discuss the pesticides used and what you need to do once the exterminator leaves. Sometimes you may be asked to leave the house during the treatment. Other times you might just be asked to stay away from the baseboards where the pesticide was applied until the liquid has dried. Your exterminator may give you instructions on when you can sweep and mop the areas treated so you don't interfere with the effectiveness of the pesticide.