What to Do Before and After Pest Control Treatment.

Pests, such as cockroaches, flies, rats, spiders and other insects, can be a real menace in our homes. Besides creeping the hell out of us, they are carriers of diseases. Hiring a pest control service is the best option to get rid of them. In this article, we tell you what to do before and after pest control treatment.


Ensure that your clothes, children’s toys, jewelry make-up, toiletries, etc. are all packed away, ideally after covering them in plastic wrapping. Store them inside cabinets and if possible, seal the gaps of the doors and drawers with wide cellotape. Masking tape is not ideal since they are made of paper and will absorb the sprayed chemicals.


If you had to vacate the premises, wait until the recommended time before you head back home.

Clear out your countertops and store all your utensils, cutlery, plates, cups, glasses, etc. Unlike your regular storage equipment, kitchen cabinets are usually sprayed since they attract maximum pests.

All food must be stored in thick plastic containers. Many pests can chew through thin plastic and seek refuge inside. If possible, place things like spices and chips inside your fridge.

If you accidentally left any food outside, throw them in the garbage. Even if they used organic chemicals for the pest control process, such food will never be entirely healthy for you.

Enemy of  pest control service professionals are trained and will not leave behind a mess. There should be no need to immediately sweep and mop the area. In many cases, it may wipe off any treated baseboards, reducing the effectiveness of the treatment. Pest control treatments are usually customized based on your needs. So, you will be told when you can clean again and if there are any areas you should not wash. Do not do a deep cleaning for at least a week.

Pets are usually very sensitive to the chemicals used during pest treatment. It will be great if you can drop off your pet at a neighbour’s or friend’s place for the duration of the pest control treatment.

Aquariums must be covered tightly with plastic. Make sure your fishes have adequate food for the duration. If you don’t have one already, this is a good time to get some kind of auto feeder for your fish.


If you have any leaking taps or drainage pipes in the house, get them fixed as soon as possible. Water from leaks serve as an entry for pests, and may lead to a re-infestation.

Paper can be a source of food for many pests. Wet paper (of any kind) and brown bags (used to carry groceries) are the ones to look out for. Do not store old newspapers and magazines in or near the kitchen.

Wear a pair of disposable gloves when you handle sprayed surfaces for the first time. Even while unwrapping objects, take care not to touch any surface with naked hands.


Side Effect of Pest Control on Your Health


Organic treatments generally use concentrated chemicals that are extracted from natural sources. While they may cause fewer health problems, they are generally weaker in treating pests. Depending on the scale of the infestation, organic chemicals may not always be an option.

Both the above points go out of the window if you or your family member is allergic or sensitive to certain chemicals. If you know about such a condition, inform your pest control service provider beforehand. However, finding out that you are allergic to a certain chemical while a treatment is in progress can be quite distressing. If you experience or witness one or more of the following symptoms, vacate the area and consult a doctor in severe cases:

Health issues

• Irritation in the throat

• Breathing trouble

• Dizziness

• Watery eyes

• Itchy eyes

• Reddening or appearance of rashes on the skin

• Itchy skin that does not seem to dissipate


In all cases, pregnant women should stay out of the area until the pest control service professionals deem it safe.