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Things To Do While Waiting For The Exterminator

Have you suddenly found yourself under attack by a variety of insect or rodent pests? Have you been using sprays or other products that you purchased at the store but the pests almost seem to thrive on it instead of dying off? Dealing with pests can be both difficult and frustrating. On the one hand, you want to get rid of them as quickly and as easily as possible but, on the other hand, you also don't want to inadvertently poison yourself or your family. It may be time to throw in the towel and call a professional pest control company like Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control to deal with the situation. While you're waiting for the exterminator to arrive, here are some things you can do around your home to prepare:

Clean up your yard: Whether you've got insect or rodent pests bothering you, a messy yard can be a safe haven from the control methods that the pest control company uses. Although a clean yard won't guarantee that you'll never get any pests, a messy one can make it more difficult to get rid of them once they arrive. Rake up any leaf litter and either dispose of it or put it into a completely enclosed compost drum to keep it away from the pests. Trees and bushes should be trimmed whenever possible, as necessary, and the trimmings disposed of in the same manner. 

Look for entrance points: Larger pests, such as mice or large palmetto bug cockroaches, may have very obvious entrance points to your home. Don't try to seal those up before the pest control employee arrives, simply take note of where they are and point them out to the exterminator. He or she will also look for entrance points, but the search may go faster if you already have some idea as to how the pests are able to gain access to your home.

Pack up your kitchen: You don't have to put everything away, just food in boxes or bags. Mice can and will gnaw through plastic bags, something you may already have discovered on your own. Ants or roaches can also gnaw through thin plastic, although this is less common. Putting most of the dry goods in your pantry into plastic totes and then sealing up the totes' seams with duct tape will help prevent pests from getting into and eating your food. Although the pest control company should have products that are safe to use in your kitchen, having it half packed away can also make it easier for your exterminator to access where the product should go