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Should You Empty the Cabinets for the Exterminator?

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Do you need to empty your kitchen cupboards if you are having pest control carried out?

If you have a pest problem in your home, and you have called pest control experts to help, you may be wondering what work you will need to carry out in your kitchen to prepare for the arrival of the exterminators.

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It’s always best to check with the experts what action you need to take before the extermination occurs, as the process can vary. You can find out more about extermination processes. We are going to give you some tips about what preparations you will need to make for most exterminations.

Preparing your kitchen for the extermination process

In the vast majority of cases, you will be expected to empty your kitchen cupboards before the arrival of the exterminators; this allows the experts to gain the access they require. You should store the contents of your cupboards in another part of your home, under a covering. After you have removed all of the items from your cabinets, you should clean them out.

Doing this helps to improve the effectiveness of any baits placed, as there are no traces of food items around to act as a distraction to pests. You will also not be able to clean the cupboards after the treatment, as if you do, the effectiveness of the treatment can be reduced.

If your home is being treated for a spider infestation (Live Science has a guide to types of spiders), the action you take may need to be a little different as you will usually be asked to leave any webs intact.

What about the rest of your home?

When pest control experts arrive at your home, they will need unrestricted access to the areas requiring treatment. This means that you have to ensure that your floor spaces are clear. If you have an aquarium in your home that cannot be removed, you need to ensure that the fish are safe. To do this, you need to make sure that the aquarium is completely sealed and that the pump is switched off. If the extermination is likely to take a long time, you will need to find a way to filter air into the aquarium from outside your home. If the outside of your home is being treated, you also need to clear a space around your home so that the exterminators can spray.

You should speak to the experts you have hired about any further preparation you need to undertake. The actions you need to take can vary, depending on the type of extermination taking place.

Once you have determined what type of preparations you need to make, you must give yourself enough time to complete them. Having a pest infestation in your home can be stressful anyway, without you adding to the worry of having to rush to make sure that everything is in place for when the exterminators arrive.

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