You finally did it. You picked up the phone, called Hopper Termite & Pest, and you are now scheduled for bed bug extermination. Making the call was a big step in getting rid of bed bugs. However, your work is just beginning.
When it comes to exterminating bed bugs, homeowners play a huge part in the success of the treatment. Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your home for the professionals.
CLEAN UP AND PICK UP AROUND YOUR HOME
If your house is already spotless and clean, then you can skip this step. However, the majority of homes could use a little clean up and pick up. Clutter provides hiding places for bed bugs and it also makes the process of extermination longer. Toss items that you don’t need or use and double bag loose items that need to be inspected and possibly treated.
WASH, DRY, AND REPEAT
There are a lot of things that will need to be put in the washer and/or dryer. Start with your closets. Then, move onto the bathroom and bedrooms. You want to wash all linens, clothes, curtains, stuffed animals, or any fabric related items on the hottest water setting available. Once you are finished, don’t just put them back in the closet or on shelves. Places the items in new plastic containers that can be closed tightly.
You don’t want to leave any items in your closets. Take clothing items that cannot be washed to the dry cleaner and place all loose items like shoes in new plastic bags or new sealable plastics containers.
EMPTY IT ALL OUT
Go through the drawers in your nightstands, side tables, and any other drawers you have. If they hold clothes, then go through the same process of washing, drying, and storing in a clean container or trash bag.
For miscellaneous items, inspect for signs of bed bugs and then place them in a clean container to be treated later. Bed bugs love to get into little nooks and crannies and your “stuff” has a lot of hiding places.
MOVE IT! MOVE IT!
Once you have moved all of your clothes and miscellaneous items, it should make the next step a little easier. You will need to move all furniture at least two feet from the wall. This gives technicians easy access to walls and baseboards that need to be treated.
You will also want to remove all paintings, pictures, clocks, and decor. These items will need to be inspected and treated.
BE PREPARED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME
For bed bug treatment to be successful, it is necessary that no one enters the home for at least four hours after the treatment. This also includes pets. It is very important that you plan to be out of the home. Plan a small getaway to the bowling alley, go shopping, or be a tourist in your town for the day and visit places you have never been able to visit.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST IS HERE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
These are just a few of the main steps that need to be taken in order to properly prepare your home for bed bug treatment and extermination.
This may also seem like a lot of work, but not taking proper measures to prepare your home for bed bug treatment could cause reinfestation. Look at the bright side. Not only are you getting rid of bed bugs, but your home is getting a nice deep clean.
For more information on how we treat bed bugs, visit http://hopperenvironmentalservices.com/services/bed-bugs/blog. You can also give Hopper Termite & Pest a call at 1-888-863-0206 if you have any questions.
Buying a new home can be stressful. Many spend hours researching and going over the details such as finding the perfect neighborhood or how close their job is to a potential new home. However, many don’t necessarily think of pests and termites when they are about to move into a new home.
The good news is that you don’t have to worry. Here are some ways that a simple phone call to Hopper Termite & Pest can help prevent termites and termite damage in your new home.
PREVENT TERMITES IN NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION
When it comes to building a new home, people go the extra length to make sure everything is perfect. From the type of flooring to put in each room to the type of door handles, there are a lot of things to consider and decisions to be made before the keys can be handed over.
One thing that can get passed up in all the planning of your dream home is protecting your future home from termites. This is especially important if your home is constructed primarily of wood. If you want to play it safe, you can have your new home pre-treated for termites as it is being constructed. This allows wood that is normally covered by drywall, insulation, and other building material to be treated to better aid in termite prevention.
TERMITE INSPECTIONS CAN SAVE YOU MONEY IN THE LONG RUN
Not everyone starts out with a brand new home. There are many who buy homes that are already built. During the process of purchasing a new home, buyers sometimes experience overwhelm with all of the things they need to do in order to get their mortgage loan approved.
One of the required tasks is setting up a termite inspection. At Hopper, we perform hundreds of these inspections each year. Not only do we have the experience, but our inspectors are highly trained, qualified, and licensed by the state. Our inspectors are also trained to look for more than just termites. We also look for other wood eating insects such as carpenter ants and carpenter bees that can also cause major damage to wooden structures.
HOMEOWNERS HAVE THE FINAL SAY IN TERMITE TREATMENT
If you are in the process of building a new home, it’s important to communicate with your contractors. When it comes time to pre-treat and spray the home for termites, many contractors will either use a company they consistently use or someone who is cheaper. If you have a choice or preference for a termite company, it’s important to let your contractor know.
You also have a choice if you purchased a pre-built home. If the previous owners had a termite treatment contract prior to you purchasing the home, you should know that you do NOT have to stick with the same company for termite protection. The choice for termite treatment is up to the current homeowners.
GET RID OF TERMITES WITH HOPPER TERMITE & PEST
Whether you need a professional termite home inspection in order to proceed with closing on the home of your dreams or you think you may have termites, give Hopper a call today to schedule a termite inspection. After a thorough inspection has been completed, we will go over the best termite treatment plan options that are designed specifically for your structure, where it’s located, and the degree of infestation.
When treating termites, we use the most up-to-date equipment and environmentally responsible materials, such as Termidor®, to get rid of termites. Depending on the level of infestation, other suggestions may be made in order to fully treat and get rid of termites.
To learn more about our Termite Protection Plan, visit http://hopperenvironmentalservices.com/services/termite-treatment/blog. And if you have any questions about getting your property inspected or how to get your home pre-treated as it is being built, then feel free to give us a call at 1-888-863-0206.