Here is what to expect and what to do after an exterminator sprays for roaches.
Pre and post-pest treatment actions are crucial to how successful the process is. Just like there are preparations before roach treatment, certain actions need to be taken after spraying for pests.
Here, we’re looking at the actions to be taken after spraying for roach issues.
Without proper management, you could end up making a lot of mistakes.
What To Do After Pest Control Sprays For Roaches?
Now that the pests are gone, what actions should one take?
There are actually several steps to be taken. Some of these are precautionary with certain actions meaning no action at all! Sounds funny right? Well, that’s just the truth.
Not cleaning immediately after spraying is one of such things to avoid.
What Happens to Roaches After a Spray Session?
A wide array of pesticide products are available for application to pest problems. A pest control company will choose a chemical that best serves roach extermination needs.
After spraying, a timeframe is given within which these pests are expected to be killed.
Interrupting this process by going in too early won’t give desired results.
Plus, there’s the risk of exposure to harmful pesticides. During application, roaches are seen to come out from hiding due to the almost instant effect these pesticide products have on them.
However, this doesn’t mean that you should move in too soon. Allow the recommended time to pass before taking further actions. This is the most sensible and logical thing to do.
Now, let’s have a look at what to do after a spray treatment for roaches.
With Spray Treatment Completed, What Next?
Several actions should be taken when it comes to the post-treatment process.
These include avoiding immediate cleaning, avoiding treated areas, getting rid of food sources, understanding that live roach sightings are possible, and also eliminating moisture and water sources.
Also important is the need to be on the lookout for pests, while also ventilating the treated area(s). Though simple, these actions help with the successful completion of the roach extermination procedure.
Let’s have a look at each of these points.
Not Cleaning Immediately
There’s usually a desire by homeowners to immediately swing into cleaning after it’s deemed safe enough to enter into a treated area or home.
However, the reality is, cleaning immediately should be suspended despite the mess created from the treatment process.
The reason for holding on is due to the continued exterminating effect of pesticides applied. Sometimes, you may need to hold off cleaning for a couple of days or even a week!
This could be disturbing to some homeowners but it’s a necessary action you should take for the best results to be obtained.
Keeping Out of Treated Areas
How should one keep out of treated areas when you need to still enter your home after sufficient time has passed?
Keeping out of treated areas simply requires allowing sufficient time to pass (as recommended by the pest technician) before entering your home.
This is pretty much standard procedure for all spray treatments for roaches. Getting into your home too soon could expose you to unhealthy levels of pesticide fumes, thus endangering your health.
Also, you might distort the treatment process as chemicals can easily be dislodged from areas you step on.
Getting Rid of Food Sources
Consider this action a necessary and basic preventive measure for roach containment.
Even after successful spray treatment, roaches are likely to return when adequate measures aren’t taken to eliminate all food sources.
Here, you’re trying to remove the source of attraction that brought them into your home in the first place.
Roaches will eat pretty much every leftover you carelessly leave behind.
Therefore, it’s crucial to have food items and leftovers properly stored. Certain foods will need to be stored in airtight containers which others should be stored in the refrigerator.
As part of the cleanup process, you might want to also clean up after every meal. This action eliminates food crumbs, as well as messy signs among other things.
Food spills and particles no matter how small serve to attract these pests. So, paying attention to the small details during cleanup will be important.
Do Roaches Come Back After Extermination?
Do not freak out if you still find a roach or two or even more after treatment. Certain treatments might kill some roaches while others eventually get killed after a few days or even a few weeks.
This is mostly due to the residual impact or effect of pesticides used.
The residual effect left behind continues to affect these pests long after treatment is completed. Understanding this fact saves you a lot of worries.
Plus, you won’t have to take any rash actions that could worsen the problem(s).
Moisture Elimination is Vital
Roaches thrive in moist or damp areas.
This is one of the many attractions asides from food and shelter. Here, you’ll need to look out for moisture sources with the view of eliminating them.
Leaky pipes are part of the problem. Also, any standing water needs to be removed.
By eliminating these moisture sources, you’re making your home increasingly unfavorable to these creatures.
Coupled with the spray treatment applied, roaches should be gone when these preventive actions are sustained.
Look Out for Roaches
After a treatment process is completed, it’s important to continue checking for roaches beyond the initial few weeks which should be enough to kill them completely.
Seeing roaches after this period gives you an idea about the efficacy of treatment.
You get to find out whether the treatment has been successful or not.
When roaches continue to appear, it’s best to have the pest control company repeat the treatment. Of course, this shouldn’t come at an added cost to you.
Ventilating Treated Areas
Although this point has been listed last, it should be the first action you take immediately you step into the treated area. All windows should be opened and your fan(s) turned on to properly aerate the treated area.
Without proper aeration, you could inhale unsafe levels of pesticide fumes which can be toxic.
These are the basic steps to take after a pest control company sprays your home for roaches and what to expect. They are actions that shouldn’t be difficult to implement. Plus, they help in roach prevention.