What to Expect from Your First Exterminator Visit
If you’ve never had to call an exterminator before, you might not know what to expect when they arrive. Before you decide to hire an exterminator, there are a few things you should ask them. But how do you prepare yourself for your first exterminator visit? What should you expect from their services?
Every pest control company has different protocols for how business is conducted. But there are a few things you can expect and ways to prepare for your first exterminator visit.
Here, you’ll find how you should prepare yourself and your home for your first exterminator visit, and what to expect from your exterminator.
What You Should Do To Prepare for Your Exterminator
Before your exterminator comes to either service or assess your home, you should do some things to prepare for the visit. Your exterminator might call you beforehand to tell you what they need for you to do, but there are some general guidelines you should follow.
Note exactly where you found your infestation
Whether you had one or multiple sightings of a pest in your home, you should note everywhere they’ve been sighted. Ask others in your home if they’ve spotted other areas too. This will help your exterminator determine where the nest or the epicenter of the infestation is.
See if you can trap one of the pests
This isn’t recommended for all infestations, especially if you think yours is aggressive or dangerous. However, if you manage to capture smaller pests like a termite or roach, trap it in a plastic container or a ziplock bag, then put it in the freezer.
This will help your exterminator determine what kind of infestation you have. This is helpful for ant and termite infestations as there’s hundreds of different sub-species which all respond differently.
Ants and termites are also commonly mistaken for each other, so having a sample for your exterminator will help with proper diagnosis.
Clean your home
Like with most guests, you will want to tidy your home a little bit before your exterminator comes. This isn’t because your exterminator will judge you otherwise, it helps them see signs of infestation more clearly. Oftentimes, good household hygiene is the best solution to prevent any kind of infestation.
Start by vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping all your floors. You may even find a few pests hiding deep in your carpets if you have an infestation like bed bugs!
Next, wash all your linens and dirty clothes. While you’re washing away, be sure to look out for evidence of pests in your linens and clothes like:
- Dead pests
- Broken wings and body parts
- Bite marks and chew marks
- Stains and greasy smears
Finally, take out all your trash and inspect any areas with waste for more signs of infestation.
These signs can change depending on what your infestation is, so be sure to check out our resource pages on types of infestations to learn more.
Move your furniture and prepare your pets
To make this visit as seamless as possible, you’ll want to move all your furniture away from the walls. This will help your exterminator get quick access into all the nooks and crannies of your home.
You’ll also want to either crate your pets, or take them outside. This is especially important if you have a flea or tick infestation, as your furry one is normally the source of the infestation.
Remember to discuss the effect of the pest control chemicals on your pet if you do have one with your exterminator.
What Your Exterminator Will Do For Your First Visit
Every pest control company has different protocols for their employees, so some details might change. However, most exterminators will arrive and act similarly to any other service you may have called.
There are, of course, some warning signs and red flags you should look out for before you hire your exterminator if this is their first visit.
They should arrive clean-looking and professional
Your exterminator should arrive dressed in uniform. Properly introduce yourselves to each other. There’s no need to be formal when discussing the infestation, just be honest and trust your exterminator.
Your exterminator will be coming in and out of your home, so you should feel like you can trust them. If you find you’re having some trust issues with your exterminator, now is the time to raise your concerns.
Pro Tip: Many women feel uncomfortable with men coming into their home, ask your pest control company if they have women on their team that could work with you!
Investigating the source of the infestation
This is when you should tell your exterminator of all sightings throughout your home. Show them the points of entry and common hiding areas. Your exterminator may ask to further investigate your home to find more points of entry or sources of your infestation.
This is why it’s important to trust your exterminator, as they will be examining both inside and outside your home for signs of infestation. They may want to investigate more places in your home where the infestation hasn’t occurred yet.
Get them to explain why they’re searching these areas. If you’re uncomfortable because it’s a more sensitive area of your home like a child’s room, let them know.
Assessing the damage of your home
At this point, your exterminator might take a look at some of the physical damage done to your home. They should only do this to determine the extent of the infestation. They should not try to sell you on other home repair services- this is a big red flag.
Ask them to explain to you how they can tell the damage is from the infestation, and how badly the damage is done. They may point out damage such as:
- Chew marks
- Moisture build-up
- Grease stains or smears
- Tunnels in wooden structure
- Nests and hiding spots
- Points of entry
If an exterminator tries to pressure you or use scare tactics to sell you on something quickly, that’s a big red flag.
Your exterminator will be honest with you, but they also want to handle the situation correctly and not hastily. Even if the damage to your home is extensive, a good exterminator will never try to force you to do something.
Reporting and reviewing the infestation
Next, your exterminator will review everything they’ve found. They’ll report to you all the damage as well as the extent of the infestation.
At this point, they’ll begin to discuss some possible solutions to take care of the infestation. They may give you several quotes on the different services they offer and recommend their best course of action. You’ll want to ask your exterminator questions about the infestation, and what you need to do to prepare.
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