12 Critical Steps to Prepare for Cockroach Control Service

Cockroaches are well-known pests. They can spread disease, damage items, and their populations can grow very quickly from a single egg-carrying female to a full-fledged, widespread infestation. While the extermination of this small pest can be difficult if the entire population is not eliminated at once, there are various methods used for control.

Pest Control Professionals
Today, pest control professionals most often use gel bait insecticides to control and eliminate cockroaches. This requires the placement of small beads of gel bait in areas where the cockroaches are known or expected to live, travel, or feed. Professional pest control operators (PCOs) will generally provide you with a specific list of preparation activities that their company requires you to complete prior to their visit. Because a lack of preparation could make treatment unsafe or cause re-infestation of the entire home or building, many PCOs will not treat areas that are not prepped to their specifications.

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Although each company should provide its customers with a specific list of steps, there are some general rules of thumb for prepping for service. The following lists some of the most common requests or recommendations made by PCOs. These steps should also be followed prior to any DIY use of an over-the-counter pest control product. When using any pesticide, read and follow all label directions and safe-use guidelines prior to purchase and use.


11 – Clean the home prior to the pest control visit, and maintain the home as neatly as possible afterward for long-term results. This helps to eliminate competing food sources for insects. When the home is clean, the roaches will be more easily attracted to the bait rather than to other food sources.

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