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Pest Control FAQs: Can I Clean After Pest Control Services?

Pest infestations often come as unexpected intrusions to homeowners and leave them wondering what to do. By the time it is apparent that professional pest control services are necessary, there can be significant damage to a property causing a rush to hire a technician to solve the problem.

However, this hire often leaves people wondering what comes next after pest control services. 

How to Prepare for Pest Control

Is it safe to be in the house right after? What about cleaning, or pets being near products? Luckily for you, we’ve taken the time to compile and answer some FAQs about pest control services and the aftermath. Educate yourself for a much better pest-control experience!

Further Reading: The Homeowners Complete Pest Control Guide

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What do I need to do before pest control comes? 

For most pest control issues, the modern solutions applied by licensed vendors require little preparation. This is because the best home and environmentally-friendly treatments are focused on application to cracks and crevices rather than indiscriminate spraying around baseboards. 

In the rare event that your pest control treatments (such as interior roaches) require specific actions, your provider should let you know during the consultation.  

Do I need to move furniture for pest control?

Not all pest problems are alike – for most common pest removal, your furniture can remain where it is. However, for more advanced treatments, your pest control provider should instruct you on exactly which appliances and furniture items need to be moved. This allows them to apply treatments to areas that would be otherwise hidden by those specific items, and you don’t have to do extra work during an already stressful time.

Do you have to leave the house for pest control?

Most modern pest control does not require you to leave your property for extended periods of time. Because many of the sprays and products are safe for humans to be around, the most common pest-control visits do not require evacuation; your technician may instruct you to wait for a brief time until sprays dry. However, some more serious issues that require stronger measures might require you to be away from the home for a brief time – but this is the exception, not the norm.

How long does pesticide last in homes?

There are a wide range of pesticide treatments, and they all last an amount of time according to their respective half-lives. The good news is that modern, licensed pest control companies work to make their sprays and technology better each year to promote better health and safety standards for pest control products.

I’m seeing more bugs after spraying; what does this mean?

Seeing bugs scramble away after product treatment is actually a sign that the pest control is working. As the product or treatment sets in, nests or temporary hideouts for bugs become unwanted, so for a short time you will see the exodus of your unwanted intruders.

Further Reading: Chapter 2 – Common Household Pests in Phoenix

How long does a pest control treatment take?

Most simple pest control treatments take between 30 minutes to 1 hour for general pests and 2-5 hours for termite treatments. A reputable pest control company should be able to give you an exact time slot and bill you for the service accordingly. At Insectek, we offer up to the minute service times so you aren’t waiting around during a huge block of time. 

How long does it take for a pest control treatment to work?

In most cases, pest control treatment should create a serious reduction in pest activity in one to two days. Some pests like ants are quite persistent, and in those cases, a quality pest-control provider will work to create scheduled services or a lengthier plan to address your needs. The reality is that pest control issues are very dynamic, and even a top-notch licensed technician can encounter problems that require multiple efforts and patience. 

Can I mop and vacuum after pest control?

Vacuuming is perfectly fine after most pest-control treatments unless otherwise stated. Similarly, while it is typically safe to clean from a health standpoint after your pest control treatments have dried, many pest-control products have invisible and residual effects that elapse over time. We put a significant focus on healthy and eco-friendly products, and do our best to only administer them when needed. With that in mind, it is advised to give a little more time to entrances and high-intensity areas and consult your pest control technician so they can let you know where those areas are.

Is pest control safe for pets?

Modern and integrated pest control is typically safe for your property, personal health, and pets; however, it is very important to keep pets out of the treated area until the product is in its dry state. This usually takes 30 minutes to an hour depending on indoor and outdoor temperatures. 

When is pest control not safe to be around?

There is no one-size-fits-all scenario for pest control. Every property and pest infestation is different and varies by region. In extreme cases, there may be more intensive pest control products that require time to resolve, or your problem may require extermination services. We always recommend getting a thorough consultation from multiple companies, and to make sure that if someone suggests potentially harsher treatments that it is the absolute last option.

Further Reading: Chapter 3 – Should You Do Your Own Pest Control?

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Get the Safest Pest Control with Insectek

At Insectek, we are committed to providing the highest-quality and most efficient pest control services for you and your property. Our products are safe for humans, pets, and the environment. We have decades of experience in helping people learn about the pros and cons of pest control well before we ever set foot on your property.

If you are looking for a free pest control consultation, please reach out to us today. One conversation could help change the outlook of our property and home in no time.  

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