General Preparation For Service
Collect any living or dead insect suspected to be a pest. Keep for technician to view. Do not spray over the counter products! Most pesticide sprays are repellents. Using these sprays in your home will lessen the effectiveness of our service. It helps our technicians if they can see evidence of pest activity. While it is good to leave any signs of pests as they are, you should clean any food debris and clutter. Areas that are to be treated with pesticides need to be clean from debris, food utensils, and open food containers. This includes pet feeding dishes. All loose belongings should be removed from along baseboards. Clutter must be minimized in effected areas. But do not relocate infested or potentially items.
ALL CHILDREN AND PETS MUST BE REMOVED FROM AREA THAT IS TO BE SERVICED PRIOR TO TECHNICIAN ARRIVAL.
We cannot properly inspect with children or pets present. Treatment cannot be performed until children and pets are secured in a separate area. Please dedicate two hors to be present for the appintment. Our service is very detailed and it may take an extended period of time. All tenants must contact landlord prior to scheduling an appointment. Landlord must directly give Lakewood Exterminating permission to treat their property beforehand. Plan to keep building occupants away from treated area for several hours. Some of our spray products must dry before reentry. Some products require air to be vented and circulated before reentry.
Bed Bug Preparation Guidelines
First and foremost, there is no way of getting around it: if you want to get rid of bed bugs you need to clean and get rid of clutter, especially in your bedroom. Please note: All units that are found with excessive clutter will NOT be treated. A thorough and excessive treatment cannot be achieved while there is excessive clutter and un-tidiness in the home. Once the clutter has been removed, treatment can be rendered. Take clothing and other belongings out of all drawers, nightstands, tables, closets, wardrobes and similar storage areas and launder in hot water and place into a dryer on the highest heat setting for a minimum of 30 minutes. The dryer must be capable of reaching temperatures greater than 104° F to kill all stages and must not be loaded to more than 50% capacity. Place all laundered items from dyer directly into plastic bags and seal tightly.
Remove all bedding and pillows. Place in bags and take to the laundry room where they can be placed directly into the washing machine using hot water and/or placed into a dryer as indicated in the step above. Any loose clothing (garments found outside of a dresser, under the bed or closet) must be bagged and laundered as per laundry directions above. Remove drapery in rooms, bag and immediately launder. Alternatively, drapery may be vacuumed and treated with steam while hanging in the infested room. Items that cannot be washed but can be dried in the dryer should be placed in the dryer on the highest temperature setting for a minimum of 30 minutes. Any items that cannot be laundered in a home washing machine or dryer, should be professionally laundered (dry cleaned). Articles under the beds provide an ideal place for bedbugs to hide. All clothing or garments must be laundered and bagged. Larger items that were previously stored under the bed should not be moved as bedbugs may be relocated into other areas of the structure. Ensure that all bags of freshly laundered items are sealed tightly and place them in the middle of the room. The room should be empty of all clothing and plush items. Vacuum the floor extensively. Remove the vacuum bag immediately and discard in an exterior garbage receptacle. It is necessary for you and your pets to vacate the premises during the service and to not re-enter until at least 4 hours after treatment. Fish aquariums may be left on site, however, they should be covered and air filters must be disconnected. Persons with underlying health conditions should consult their family physician where they have concerns regarding re-entry time.
Post Treatment Instructions
When you return home, be sure that all treated surfaces are COMPLETELY DRY before re-entry. If any surfaces are not completely dry, leave for an additional 2 hours and attempt re-entry. If offensive odor remains, ventilate thoroughly and leave for an additional 2 hours before attempting re-entry. A follow-up treatment should be scheduled approximately 2 weeks after the initial treatment. To reduce the amount of work to be completed in preparation of this follow-up service, we advise you do NOT completely reassemble your home until this service has been performed. These accompanying measures should be taken during the period between the initial and follow-up services:
- Remain “packed-up” for the follow-up treatment. Where possible, clothing should remain in sealed plastic bags to prevent potential re-infestation. Bags must be kept sealed at all times. Where the homeowner wishes to place clothing back into dressers and closets these items will need to be removed, bagged and re-laundered prior to the follow-up service.
- Do not be alarmed if you see bed bugs after the initial treatment. It is normal to see stragglers after the initial treatment. These will decrease as the residual chemicals take effect. Conditions should be “all-clear” in about 30 days. This is why it is important to remain “packed-up” until you are certain that the infestation has been eliminated.
- Do not introduce any new or used furniture or any other potentially infested items not previously in unit. In most cases, we do NOT recommend that you throw away mattresses, box springs, or furniture, as these items can be inspected and treated successfully. The cost of replacing beds and other furniture is something to consider when deciding what works for you. It is clear that replacing these items alone will not solve a bed bug problem. The decision to replace beds or furniture often depends on their condition and level of infestation within these items, the comfort of the tenant, and whether or not the tenant can afford replacement.
- The installation of high-quality, bed bug mattress encasements is recommended. Any need to discard the mattress or box spring is often eliminated once it has been treated and covered by a high quality, bed bug mattress encasement. The encasements further serve to reduce the likelihood that bed bugs will continue to live upon the mattress and box spring. Bed bug proof mattress encasements are widely available in stores and are also available for purchase from your pest professional.
- Do NOT cover your mattress or box spring with homemade or non-bed bug proof encasements. Such encasements will be removed by the pest professional during treatment. If you decide to throw out your furniture, deface or otherwise damage furniture items so they will not be used by others. Mattresses should be slashed or otherwise damaged to make them unusable by others. Do not discard infested mattresses, furniture, clothing, or other items without properly wrapping them and coordinating the disposal with the building manager. Do not leave these items in common areas of the building (hallway, lobby, etc.). Doing so will only spread the infestation to neighbouring apartments, and possibly lead to a return infestation in yours!
Lakewood Exterminating LLC makes no guarantees, expressed or implied. Pesticides are designed to kill or control pests. Pesticides, to be effective, are toxic to plants and animals and vary in the range of toxicity to humans. Your risk of harm depends upon your degree of exposure and your individual susceptibility. Take precaution when a pesticide treatment has been performed to avoid exposure to vulnerable individuals. Pesticides may be harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Avoid breathing dust, spray mist, and any unnecessary contact with treated surfaces. Specific health and safety information varies between pesticides and is available on the product label or MSDS, which will be supplied to you upon request from the licensed applicator. In case of a health emergency, seek immediate medical attention.
German Cockroach Preparation Sheet
Prior To Treatment:
- All children and pets must remain out of treatment area while service is being performed.
- Remove ALL items stored in cabinets (upper and lower), pantries, drawers and storage bins in kitchen and bathroom areas. Place these items in plastic bags. Seal each bag, and place on outside porch. DO NOT PLACE BAGS IN DINING ROOM OR IN LIVING ROOM.
- Vacuum all areas as you remove the items. This will eliminate roach feces and old carcasses. You can even vacuum up live roaches. BE SURE TO EMPTY BAG OR TRAY IMMEDIATELY! Empty into plastic bag and seal it tightly. Place bag outdoors in trash can or dumpster.
- Unload the dishwasher.
- Take everything off the stove.
- Pick up and remove pet food dishes and food from floor. Do not leave food out overnight.
- Take all garbage outdoors and place away from the structure.
- Clear all counter space, except microwave ovens, blenders, other electric utensils. Knife blocks should be left on counter as roaches love to hide in them. Clean behind and under refrigerator, stove, or anything else that can be moved in the kitchen. Clean Floors prior to pest control service. After Treatment Allow 2 to 3 hours before placing items back into cabinets.
- Clean up all dead roaches using paper towels.
- Remove all EGGS! Roach Eggs Are your worst enemy. 30 – 45 Babies in each egg. Thoroughly look through kitchen and remove all egg sacks.
- Wipe down, vacuum all counters and floors, including cracks and gaps.
- Wipe down, vacuum all cabinets.
- Wipe down all appliances.
- CHECK ALL ITEMS FOR ROACHES AND EGGS before placing them back into cabinets and drawers. This is critical. If you put boxes, etc. with roaches in those boxes you still have roaches.
Keys to keeping your home German Roach Free; Post Treatment.
German Roaches require 3 things, Food, Water, and Harborage. Take these away and get rid of roaches.
- FOOD: Be sure that countertops, stovetops, and floors are free from food scraps. These scraps provide food for these pests. Want to get rid of the roaches? Get rid of the food!
- WATER: Do not leave any water for these guys! At night, wipe up any excess water. Keep sink area, counters, stovetop, and floors free from water. Keep sink area and counters completely dry. Remember even the smallest drops provide enough water for German Roaches to survive.
- HARBORAGE: Roaches love cracks & crevices to hide and lay eggs. Seal all cracks around the kitchen counter. German Roaches will try to stay close to the sink (Water Supply). Seal all cracks with standard caulking.
- Clean all spilled foods from floors and countertops. We place baits in certain areas for the roaches to eat. If you leave even small crumbs they will not eat the bait.
- Keep food in tightly sealed containers or ziplock bags.
- Keep counter space clean of food and water at all times. Make sure floor is free from food remains.
- Take garbage out every day and keep outside garbage can away from the house.
- Do not leave pet food or water in a feeding dish overnight. Transfer pet food to a tightly sealed container once it is opened.
- Run dishwasher regularly.
- Roaches look for hiding places to lay their eggs. Be sure to clear clutter from countertops, cabinets, pantries.
- Clutter provides hiding places for roaches. Remove clutter and greatly reduce your roach population.
- Get rid of all boxes that store food. You are better off with the cereal bag than the box. Roaches love boxes, even ones that appear sealed. They love to get under the flaps. Ideal for laying eggs.
- Inspect all grocery bags for roaches before storing product. Yes believe it or not. Many times German
- Roaches come into your home via sources like grocery stores, restaurants and work.
- Discard any cardboard boxes immediately.
Flea Treatment Preparation
To help maximize your treatment’s effectiveness, we’ve provided a flea treatment preparation checklist:
- Clear all carpeted floors including closets (if possible) of boxes, clothing and any other items that will prevent a thorough and effective treatment.
- Wash (in hot water) or destroy all pet bedding.
- Mop wood, tile and vinyl floors.
- Vacuum all carpeting and rugs thoroughly.
- Carefully vacuum pet resting areas including under furniture and draperies.
- Window sills and appliance tops should to be cleaned if you have cats that rest on them.
- Vacuum furniture especially between and under cushions.
- Empty the contents of the vacuum cleaner into a plastic trash bag and dispose of immediately.
- Remove pets from the home (prior to application).
- Store or cover all pet food containers and bowls.
- Cover fish bowls or fish tanks with a damp towel.
- Arrange to have dogs, cats and other flea infested pets professionally treated by your veterinarian or groomer during the time of service.
- Be prepared to vacate the dwelling during service and for about 4 hours following service. This will give the necessary time for the products to dry.
After the treatment, please continue to vacuum all carpeted surfaces daily for 7 days after the service. It is also beneficial to wax hardwood floors a few days following the final treatment.
Ant Service Preparation
If ants are in kitchen:
- Clear kitchen counter tops of everything besides large appliances, like microwave.
- Clear sink of dishes.
- Clean kitchen floor and underneath refrigerator and stove. Vacuum crevice along kickplate of kitchen cabinets.
- Do disturb ant trails.
- Do not spray cleaner or over the counter pesticides on ants or in areas to be treated.
- If dealing with carpenter ants, research history of home’s water problems.
- If dealing with carpenter ants, check to see if gutters are free flowing without clogs.
- Schedule garbage to be removed at the end of every day.
If ants are are not in kitchen, follow the same general sanitation practices. Do not use your own pesticides. After treatment occurs, follow technician’s repair and maintenance guidelines.