You have called pest control experts to help and are wondering if you should you empty the cabinets for the exterminator? We have the answer.
Do you need to empty your kitchen cupboards if you are having pest control?
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.
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 will give you some tips about what preparations you will need to make for most exterminations.
How do I prepare my kitchen for an exterminator?
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 be unable to clean the cupboards after the treatment, as if you do, the effectiveness of the treatment can be reduced.
Remove all small appliances and knicknacks. Large microwaves and ovens can remain where they are.
Clean all appliances, counter tops, cabinets, Drawers and kitchen floors with soap and hot water.
Don’t forget to clean out your refrigerator and pantry and put all food items away, including bread and fruit.
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.
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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, without you adding to the worry of having to rush to ensure that everything is in place for when the exterminators arrive.