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Where to do Pest Control Spray in Apartments?

Where to do Pest Control Spray in Apartments?

Are you tired of the annoying bugs in your apartments? Are you wondering how to keep your home bug-free? Well, we are the experts to call. While it’s not unheard of to encounter household bugs, no one likes these unwelcome guests.

Aside from causing property damage, most bugs, such as fleas, rats, cockroaches, and mosquitoes, are disease carriers and impact your overall well-being if their presence is overlooked. More often, household pest control can be challenging with multiple residents living close by. 

Fortunately, here at EcoCare Pest Control, we know how to deal with household pest invasion in a way that minimally impacts the environment and the tenants’ lives. Our well-trained team can help you reclaim your space and restore normality to your life.

How to prepare your apartment for pest control

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How to Prepare your Apartment for Pest Control Spray

While a household pest invasion is stressful enough on its own, a visit from our EcoCare Pest Control technicians should not cause the slightest bit of concern- especially when moving heavy furniture or appliances outside. This is because our pest control treatment technique mainly uses targeted applications and occurs at the edge of your apartment.

However, there are things you should do to help optimize the success of the treatment process.

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How to Prepare for Ant and Cockroach Treatment

  • Move furniture away from the wall for easier inspection.
  • Prepare your kitchen by cleaning it thoroughly and ensuring all the food items are placed in airtight containers.
  • Provide enough access by removing unnecessary items that might be taking up space.
  • Leave the doorways, closets, and drawers open. It allows the technicians easy access.
  • Remove all the toiletries in the washroom.
  • Take the garbage out if there is any.
  • Clean all the appliances.
  • Pull large appliances out of the way for more accessible applications.
  • Empty the countertops and all the cabinets and drawers.
  • Seal big aquariums with wet towels.
  • Take the pets with you when you leave the house.

How to Prepare for Flea Treatment

  • Put all the food items in an airtight container.
  • Wash all pet bedding with hot water.
  • Vacuum all the carpets and thoroughly clean the house.
  • Move the furniture away from the wall for easier application.
  • Clean the furniture thoroughly.
  • Once you are done using the vacuum cleaner, empty the content into a container and close it thoroughly before throwing it away. When using a vacuum cleaner with a reusable canister, you should wash the canister with hot water to eliminate the fleas.
  • Take all the pets to the vet for flea treatment.
  • You should feed the fish and cover the tanks with wet towels if you have aquariums.
  • Remove caged pets, such as birds, from the apartment.

How to Prepare for Termite Removal

  • Store edible items in airtight containers.
  • Beddings should be removed and washed.
  • You should remove mattress protectors to allow quick fumigant aeration.
  • You should turn off the gas line to your apartment before fumigation.
  • Turn off electrical appliances.
  • Vacuum and clean the sofas and all the carpets.
  • Cover the fish tanks with wet towels.
  • Remove all the toiletries.
  • Clear the drawers, cabinets, and closets.
  • Take the pets away with you.

How to Prepare for Bed bug Treatment

  • Put all the food items in airtight containers.
  • Remove items from the top of appliances.
  • Move the furniture at least 2 feet from the wall and remove items on top of the couch.
  • Take all the bedding and wash them as soon as possible with hot water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Do not make the bed until the treatment is done.
  • Sweep or vacuum – clean the entire house before the treatment begins.
  • Remove all the toiletries.
  • Take the towels and the bath mats in the bathroom and wash them immediately with hot water.
  • Do not put clean towels or mats back until the treatment is done.

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What to expect

The pest treatment process is usually quick and lasts about 15 minutes. First, the technician will go around your apartment spraying all the potential hot spots of bug infestation. In addition to spraying, the technician may set baits and traps for bugs like cockroaches or ants. 

Depending on the severity of the infestations, the pest control team may come back in a few weeks or even twice a year.

If you are pregnant, have breathing problems, or have young kids, staying away from your apartment for a minimum of 12 hours is advisable. After the bug treatment, you should keep the windows open to keep the apartment well-ventilated.

Where do Pest Control Companies Spray in Apartments?

Most apartment owners often find themselves concerned about exposure to toxic chemicals, something we understand at EcoCare Pest Control. 

We are an eco-friendly pest control company and exercising caution is our priority. Therefore, our trained pest specialists can safely administer the treatment while you are still at home. 

When our team comes to your apartment, they start by spraying it outside to keep the critters from getting in.

If you request inside pest control service, they will spray the following areas:

  • The entrances
  • Cracks and crevices
  • Spaces between the wall and cabinets, appliances and furniture

The main reason for spraying these areas is because they are the common hiding place of common household pests, and it’s the most effective way to eliminate the pests in your apartment.

Pest Control In Apartments

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Why Choose EcoCare Pest Control

When it comes to pest control, don’t take chances. Instead, hire professionals to do the job for you. At EcoCare Pest Control, we are an A+ accredited business and the premier eco-friendly pest control service provider in the areas of Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, we understand the challenges of pest infestation. Our well-trained team is friendly and knowledgeable and can help you reclaim your space and restore normalcy in your life.

Call us today for more information.

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What is Integrated Pest Management?

What is Integrated Pest Management?

When pests such as cockroaches, rats, mosquitoes, ticks, and stinging insects infiltrate our homes and businesses, they pose significant health risks to our communities. Cockroaches, for instance, can transmit 33 different types of bacteria, including salmonella. In addition, rats may contaminate food and transmit various diseases. Since 1999, mosquitoes have been the vector for the West Nile virus, which has infected over thirty thousand Americans. Each year, stinging insects drive more than 500,000 people to the emergency rooms.

Fortunately, there are several measures that homeowners can take to safeguard their families from pests. The most effective strategy for preventing pests from entering your house and property is to engage with a certified pest professional to execute integrated pest management or IPM. IPM is a common-sense approach to pest management that employs sound solutions for treating and controlling pests.

 

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Creating an environment free of pests requires effort and proactivity. Integrated pest management aims to prevent infestations from occurring in the first place rather than reacting to a pest issue that has gotten out of hand. IPM is based on conventional agricultural pest management strategies. Its fundamental concepts include reducing environmental impact and operational expenses by closely monitoring insect levels and pesticide usage.

IPM is not a single pest control solution. It is a series of evaluations, decisions, and methods and includes using green and organic insecticides, exclusions, trapping, and other methods. The strategy is to integrate pest control factors into your area’s pest issues and situational factors. It uses scientific research and the most effective, low-impact pest management and prevention methods. You can protect your house or company against a pest infestation with just a few easy techniques.

While there are several IPM options, the first step in managing any pest issue is identifying the individual pest problem. Then, you may utilize a mix of IPM approaches and practices, such as removing access to possible shelter or food sources, adjusting cleaning routines, or using mechanical controls such as traps to capture rats, ants, or roaches. IPM also involves using predatory insects in urban or agricultural contexts, such as ladybugs or small wasps. IPM is a method for controlling pests sustainably.

 

Implementation of IPM practices

To start, caulk or seal any cracks and crevices around door and window frames and other entrance points. Ensure that all window screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping are in good condition to prevent pest entry. Apply long-lasting pesticide dust to your wall openings to remove insects that may be dwelling in these locations.

If you have mulch heaps, be careful to turn and rake them at least 6 inches away from buildings to create a dry zone. This will deter insects from traversing the area and provide the optimal environment for applying pesticide sprays. Every 30 to 90 days, spray outside your house with a residual pesticide to keep roaches, ants and other insects at bay.

Keep shrubs, bushes, plants, and trees trimmed back so they do not touch your home. Also, eliminate as much yard debris as possible, such as leaves and branches. You should relocate firewood stacks away from structures. In yards, eliminate stagnant water that might serve as mosquito breeding grounds by draining excess water in all pots, toys, and items in the yard.

Remove tree trimmings and fallen fruit that attract a myriad of insects. Remove pet droppings from the grass and yard. In the house, ensure that kitchen counters, floors, and other surfaces are clean and devoid of any food that may attract ants or cockroaches. To prevent insects from entering the house, seal any exterior-facing holes and cracks in the inside walls, floors, and ceilings. Use a pest control treatment labeled for the pest and the intended usage area when necessary. For pests that are difficult to manage, consider contacting a professional. 

People who own a garden and grow vegetables may also adopt IPM. They can practice crop rotation and other natural pest control methods.

 

Benefits of IPM

Integrated Pest Management has many benefits; IPM is:

  • Cheap and affordable
  • Easy to implement
  • Protects the environment
  • Anti-resistant 
  • Reduces hazards of pesticides

IPM will continue integrating new information and technology in pest management and disease control since it is a continually changing practice.

However, the cornerstone of integrated pest management (IPM) remains unchanged: if you restrict the pest’s access to food, water, and shelter, you control the pest, and by managing the pest, you may minimize human exposure to health concerns associated with their existence.

 

Choose A Professional Team to Institute IPM at Your Home

EcoCare Pest Control has protected human health and the environment in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington areas for over two decades. When you choose integrated pest management from EcoCare Pest Control, you can expect thorough seasonal inspections from our seasoned experts, who look for any emerging signs of pest problems. We can even come for follow-up visits if needed.

We will reinforce your pest defenses where necessary and provide customized recommendations to continue reducing the danger of infestations. You will not only be less concerned about a possible infestation getting out of hand but also save money since we often use the least invasive techniques to keep pests under control.

Contact us today to book a home or business inspection and to inquire about our customized integrated pest control solutions.

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