How to Prepare for Pest Control Treatment

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How to prepare for pest control treatment? Preparing for a pest control treatment can seem daunting, but with the right steps, you can ensure a successful and efficient process. The key is to create an environment that is most conducive to the treatment and least hospitable to the pests. Preparation typically involves cleaning your property, decluttering spaces, and safeguarding your belongings. This process requires a careful and methodical approach to ensure that the treatment is as effective as possible, and to minimize the risk of a pest infestation recurring. In the following sections, we will provide a detailed guide on how you can best prepare your home for a pest control treatment.

How to prepare for pest control treatment

Preparing for a pest control treatment requires careful planning and coordination. Here are detailed instructions to get you ready for a treatment. Please note that preparation may vary depending on the type of pest (such as bed bugs, termites, roaches, ants, or rodents), so be sure to consult with your pest control professional for specific instructions. The following tips are general guidelines that are often recommended:

1. Organise Your Home:

First and foremost, you’ll want to tidy up your home. This will not only make it easier for the pest control professionals to do their job but it can also help to remove conditions that are attractive to pests. Here are some steps you should consider:

  • Clean the floors: Sweep and mop the floors. Pay special attention to the corners and hidden places like underneath appliances and furniture. This will not only clean up any food particles that could be attracting pests, but it will also clear the way for pest control agents to be applied.
  • Declutter: Remove any unnecessary clutter such as old newspapers, boxes, and clothing. Pests love to hide in cluttered spaces, so this will help to eliminate their potential hiding spots.
  • Clean dishes and kitchen appliances: Leftover food can attract pests. Make sure all of your dishes are cleaned and put away, and that your kitchen appliances (like your stove and toaster) are clean and free of food particles.

2. Secure Personal Belongings and Food Items:

Before the pest control team arrives, you’ll want to take steps to secure your personal belongings and food items:

  • Pack away food: All open food containers should be sealed and stored properly. If possible, place them in the fridge or pantry.
  • Secure personal items: Valuables, delicate items, and electronics should be secured. You should also consider covering your furniture and beds with plastic sheeting for extra protection.
  • Move or cover pet items: If you have pets, move their food and water dishes, toys, and bedding to a safe location.

3. Prepare the Outside of Your Home:

If the treatment will be occurring outside, there are a few things you should do to prepare:

  • Trim vegetation: Trim back any vegetation touching the home which can act as a bridge for pests.
  • Remove debris: Clear away any debris from the perimeter of your home that could be hiding pests.
  • Access: Ensure there is clear access around the perimeter of your home for the pest control professionals.

4. Safety Preparations:

Some safety measures to consider:

  • Plan for children and pets: Both children and pets should be kept away from the treated areas until the pest control professional advice it’s safe to return.
  • Aquariums: If you have an aquarium, it should be covered with heavy plastic and the pump should be turned off.
  • Ventilation: After treatment, it may be recommended to ventilate the treated areas by opening windows and doors, and turning on fans.

5. Be Ready for Follow-Up Treatments:

Remember, it’s normal to see an increase in pest activity immediately following a treatment as pests are driven out of their hiding places. However, this should subside within a week. If it doesn’t, be sure to contact your pest control company for a follow-up treatment.

Remember to always consult with your pest control professional. They can provide you with the most accurate information about how to prepare for your specific situation. It’s crucial to follow their instructions to ensure the pest control treatment is as effective as possible.

Things to Do After Pest Control Treatment

As a pest control professional at Bon Accord Pest Control in London, I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide for our clients detailing the steps to be followed post-pest control treatment. Adhering to these guidelines will maximise the effectiveness of the treatment and maintain safety in your property.

Specific Pests

Things to Do After Pest Control Treatment listed below:

Bed Bug Treatment

  • Maintain Protective Covers: Do not remove any mattress or furniture covers applied by the technician for at least a year. Bed bugs can survive for extended periods without feeding.
  • Wash Textiles: Launder all bedding, linens, and clothes in the room at a high temperature. This helps to kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have been missed.
  • Avoid Bringing in Second-hand Furniture: Refrain from introducing second-hand furniture or discarded items into your home without thoroughly inspecting and treating them for bed bugs.
  • Regularly Inspect for Signs: Regularly check for signs of bed bugs, such as rusty stains on bedding from crushed bugs, exoskeletons, or tiny eggs.
  • Consult if Infestation Persists: If signs of infestation continue, reach out to your pest control professional for further treatment.


  • Leave Baits Untouched: The small dots left by pest control professionals are cockroach baits. Do not clean or disturb them.
  • Fix Leaks: Repair any leaky pipes or faucets to eliminate sources of moisture that attract cockroaches.
  • Manage Waste: Regularly take out the trash and keep your bins sealed.
  • Store Food Correctly: Store food items in airtight containers and clean any food spills immediately to avoid attracting cockroaches.
  • Seal Entry Points: Seal cracks, holes, and gaps in walls, tiles, and cupboards where cockroaches may hide or enter from.

Flea Treatment

  • Vacuum Regularly: Vacuum your home regularly to remove any flea eggs, larvae, and pupae. Dispose of the vacuum bag outside immediately.
  • Treat Pets: Wash your pets with a flea treatment shampoo or consult your vet for appropriate flea treatment.
  • Regularly Wash Pet Bedding: Launder your pet’s bedding at a high temperature regularly.
  • Monitor for Flea Activity: Keep an eye out for signs of fleas on your pets or around your home.
  • Treat Outdoor Areas: If your pet spends a lot of time outside, consider treating your yard for fleas.

Clothes Moth Treatment

  • Clean Clothes: Moths are attracted to soiled material. Dry clean or launder affected clothes and any other items made from natural fibres.
  • Regular Cleaning: Regularly clean and vacuum your closets, cupboards, and drawers, paying special attention to cracks and crevices.
  • Store Clothes Properly: Store particularly susceptible items (like wool or silk) in sealed bags or containers.
  • Use Moth Traps: Consider using pheromone moth traps to catch and monitor the presence of adult male moths.
  • Keep Areas Well Ventilated and Dry: Moths prefer damp and dark places, so try to keep susceptible areas well-lit and dry.

Ant Control

  • Wipe Down Surfaces: Regularly clean surfaces to remove the invisible ant trails.
  • Seal Food: Ensure all food items are sealed properly and clean up any food spills immediately.
  • Manage Waste: Regularly take out the trash and ensure bins are sealed.
  • Seal Entry Points: Seal any cracks and crevices in walls and around windows and doors where ants may enter.
  • Monitor for Ant Activity: Keep a lookout for signs of ant colonies, such as small mounds of soil or sand.

Rodent Control

  • Be Patient: Understand that rodenticides can take a few days to a week to be effective.
  • Safely Dispose of Rodents: Dispose of any dead rodents found safely using gloves, and place them in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Seal Entry Points: Close up any potential rodent entry points to prevent further infestations.
  • Store Food Properly: Keep food in sealed containers that rats or mice cannot chew through.
  • Clean Your Property: Maintain a clean property, especially in areas where food is stored or eaten, to discourage rodents.

For all pest control treatments, remember to keep communication open with your pest control professional. If you observe persistent pests or have any concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out for further assistance.

What kind of pest control services are offered by professionals? 

Pest control professionals offer a wide range of services, including thorough inspections, effective pest control treatments, and long-term prevention strategies.

How do I prepare for pest control treatment
How to Prepare for Pest Control Treatment

Professional pest control services vary enormously and some companies offer a greater range than others.

Here is just a quick list of what you can expect:

Pest identification and survey:

This first step is very important as an accurate assessment of the problem is required before any preventive or curative treatment can be carried out. The company representative will probably want to know where, when and how often the problem occurs, whether your house is old or modern, has it recently been extended or altered in some way? All these factors can be relevant to the solution you choose.

Types of pest control services

Unsophisticated pests tend to be dealt with by a combination of trapping and poisoning while more complex problems often require a range of control measures. It may involve treating specific sites or entire rooms and sometimes it may take several visits to get the job done properly and to your satisfaction, unless you can find an alternative solution.


We need to be clear about the safety aspects of pest control services in London. The various chemicals used in pest control are hazardous to health and safety, so a professional who is well trained and experienced will take these issues into account.


It’s important that anyone carrying out a pest control treatment should be properly qualified and fully insured for this work. It is also their legal obligation to abide by all relevant health and safety regulations related to the use of dangerous chemicals.


After the treatment, instructions should be given to you on how to prevent future infestations and keep your home safe


If the problem is solved once, it may recur again quite soon unless you take some preventative steps or change your environment in some way. A guarantee should therefore be given against re-occurrence for a reasonable period after the treatment.

The British Pest Control Association is the premier trade association in the UK representing companies providing pest control services to businesses and homes, so membership may give you peace of mind if reliability and professional standards are important to you.

24/7 Pest Management In London

Bon Accord provides specialist pest control services to individuals and businesses throughout London. Our pest control technicians have the extensive knowledge and experience required to diagnose and resolve even the most stubborn pest infestations rapidly and comprehensively. When we’re through, we guarantee your home or business will be completely free from pests.

Bon Accord Residential Pest Control Services in London

Bon Accord Residential Pest Control provide comprehensive and reliable pest control treatments to address a wide range of infestations and ensure a pest-free environment for residents. Our pest control technicians have the extensive knowledge and experience required to diagnose and resolve even the most stubborn pest infestations rapidly and comprehensively.

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17:14 05 May 24
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