For home owners in Florida, dealing with household pests and annoyances is par for the course. Ants, flies, or even cockroaches and rodents are not uncommon to find in and around Florida homes due to our environment. However, there’s a difference between a few creatures here or there and a full-blown infestation. If you find yourself constantly fighting off pests or finding evidence of their activities, it may be time to consider fumigation for pest control in Davie.
For homeowners who have never undergone a fumigation before, knowing what to do in preparation is important to its success. Here’s what you should know.
When Should I Fumigate My Home?
Fumigation is a technique which allows pest control specialists to treat an entire property at once, rather than spot by spot. This is typically reserved for when pest infestation is affecting most of the home, or other traditional methods have proven ineffective. With Quality Pest control, one of our experienced team members specializing in pest control in Davie with conduct a thorough examination of your home and determine if fumigation is necessary. If it is, follow the next steps.
Relocate People, Pets, and Plants
As a pest management technique, fumigation uses chemicals which can be dangerous if inhaled by people or pets. Before your fumigation date, make plans for where you and your family (including all pets!) will reside during the treatment. Typically, you will only need accommodations for two to three days, so staying with a relative may be viable. Otherwise, find a pet friendly hotel or AirBNB and hunker down for a staycation.
If you have household plants that are within the fumigation zone, they will need to be relocated as well. Move them to the other side of the yard, if possible, as the tent will only over your home’s immediate perimeter.
Remove or Double Seal Food
Just as you shouldn’t inhale the fumes used during fumigation, eating food that is exposed to it is also dangerous. Try to limit the amount of food left behind during tenting. If anything must be left behind, secure it in double sealed bags to ensure it is protected. Unopened canned food is safe to eat after fumigation, as the air tight packaging protects it from harm. However, boxed foods like cereal or pasta, breads, and any open packages of food will either need to be stored outside of the home or discarded if not properly contained.
Not sure if something is still good after fumigation? When in doubt, throw it out!
Open All Doors, Cabinets, Drawers, etc.
To help ensure the full effectiveness of your pest control in Davie, your home needs uninterrupted air flow. Opening every door allows for full circulation around your home, including into drawers, closets, cabinets, and appliances. Pests and rodents are able to hide in even the smallest spaces, so being able to reach them where they are helps.
Turn Off Electricity and Gas
Pest control in Davie is a safe process, but precautions must be taken to ensure everyone’s safety. Fumigation chemicals are highly combustible, and as such require safety measures to prevent fires or explosions. Before tenting begins, be sure all electricity and gas lines are turned off. Unplug all appliances, turn off fans and lights, and extinguish any pilot lights. Your pest management specialist should conduct a final walk through before fumigating begins, but double checking yourself can give you peace of mind.
Inform Your Neighbors
Quality Pest Control keeps safety as the top priority, but as a courtesy, inform your neighbors before your fumigation date. This forward warning allows them to prepare as necessary, including keeping their pets or small children inside, and being mindful of potential hazards like outdoor grilling.
If you are looking for pest control in Davie including fumigation services, contact us today!