How Do I Prepare for a Pest Control Treatment?

January 7, 2021

When you have a pest infestation, calling a pest control specialist for extermination should be number one on your to-do list. However, it’s important to note that you can’t really just sit back and wait for the exterminator to show up.

There are a few steps you should take to ensure the extermination process is both safe and effective. Continue reading to learn more about pest control preparation in central Illinois for the various types of pests that may make their way into your home.


Handling a cockroach infestation by yourself is difficult, if not impossible, so you’ll need to hire a pro. We typically use gel bait insecticides to eliminate cockroaches, which involves placing gel bait in areas where cockroaches feed and gather. It’s beneficial to clean your home prior to our arrival for best results. Additionally, you’ll want to keep pets and people out of the treated area after we leave.


Even if they get monthly flea treatment medication or wear a flea collar, pets can still get fleas and bring them inside. Fleas won’t leave on their own, and it’s rarely feasible to handle the situation yourself. Your pest control specialist will have to treat your home, yard and pets all at the same time. Before treatment begins, wash all pet bedding in hot water, vacuum and mop the floors and clean all furniture.


Like with cockroaches, professionals often use gel bait insecticides to treat an ant infestation. Before we start treatment, pest control preparation in central Illinois should include things like cleaning up spills and storing all food in tightly sealed containers. Keeping a tidy home is the key to success in preventing infestations.


Where there’s one rat or mouse, you can bet that there are more hiding out in your attic, basement or even behind the walls. Setting up mouse traps may work to catch a few of them, but it won’t get them all. Before your pest control technicians arrives, repair any holes in the walls and fix exterior doors that don’t close properly. You’ll also want to remove any items from the top of the refrigerator and under the kitchen sink to allow the pros to do their job.

Bed bugs

Bed bug infestations are severe problems that are also hard to get under control. A professional can get rid of them, but not without the homeowner’s help! Before treatment begins, we ask that homeowners remove all bedding and wash it in hot water. You’ll also need to remove all personal items from the furniture and flooring throughout the house. Once we’re gone, wait at least 24 hours before placing the linens back on the beds.

Choose our team to eliminate your pests!

For the safest and most effective pest extermination, be sure to hire the team at Crist Termite and Pest Solutions, Inc. Give us a call today to schedule extermination, set up a preventative treatment program or to learn more about pest control preparation in central Illinois.

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