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Pre-Service Checklist

Be sure to do these steps before your Betts technician comes out for your pest control service.

Pest Control Wichita Pre-Service Checklists

Before we perform pest control services, please go through the steps on the appropriate checklist.

Bedbugs

  • *If preparation is not completed there will be no service*
  • Remove all loose items such as clothing, shoes, toys, books, trash, or any other miscellaneous items from the floor of the room(s) that is/are being treated. Care must be exercised so as not to spread bed bugs to other parts of the house until treatment is complete.
  • Any items that are removed from the infected room(s) need to be placed in an airtight plastic bag or tote.
  • Clean bed linens and curtains in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can’t be washed, in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.  Once dried, items must be put in a sealed, airtight plastic bag or tote until treatment is complete.
  • Use a dry stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbug carcasses and their eggs, using a vacuum to clean debris as you scrub.  When finished, remove the mattress and box springs from the bed frame and lean against a wall for treatment.
  • After vacuuming the mattress and surrounding areas, immediately take the vacuum cleaner outside and empty it into the trash bin. Leave the vacuum either outside or if not possible leave the vacuum in the garage for a few hours.
  • Purchase mattress and box spring encasement to install after treatment. Bedbugs may live many months without feeding, so keep the encasement on your mattress and box springs for at least 6 months after treatment to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.
  • Remove all outlet/switch covers from walls in the infected area.
  • No pedestal bed frames or platform framed beds will be treated.  For treatment, all bed frames must be legged bed frames.  Once bed bugs have been eliminated you may again use the pedestal or platform bed frames.

Completing the pre-service checklist for bedbugs is a critical initial step in eradicating these elusive pests. These tiny insects can hide in cracks, crevices, and furniture, making them challenging to detect. Your input on areas where you’ve noticed bites, stains, or unusual odors helps our experts target potential hiding spots, facilitating a more thorough inspection and tailored treatment plan.

Fleas

  • Vacuum just prior to our arrival then dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag into a plastic bag and discard the bag in the garbage outdoors.
  • Wash all bedding that is infected with fleas.
  • All persons and pets must leave the home for 3 hours after treatment allowing the chemical to dry.
  • All animals need to be treated for fleas on the day of our treatment at the home.

Flea infestations can be challenging to manage without proper information. Your input on pet activity, areas where pets rest, and any signs of flea bites or flea dirt helps us target treatment areas and create a plan to eradicate fleas from your home.

Rodents

  • Clean up any spilled feed, seed, cereal, etc.
  • Store feed, seeds, cereal, flour, etc. in sealed containers on high shelving.
  • No cafeteria feeding of animals. Meaning, do not leave pet food out for more than one hour.
  • Bird feeders should be placed as far from the house as feasible. Clean up spilled feed below regularly.
  • Thoroughly seal holes that are necessary for your home, water hydrant, dryer vents, gas lines, electrical, etc. Crawl space access also needs to be tightly sealed. Door threshold seals need to be properly maintained.

For effective rodent control, the pre-service checklist aids in identifying potential entry points, nesting sites, and areas frequented by rodents. Information about sightings, droppings, or gnaw marks enables us to develop a comprehensive plan to exclude and eliminate these pests.

Roaches

  • CLEAN! Sanitation is the key to roach prevention.
  • For proper and effective treatment, kitchen cabinets and drawers need to be emptied and cleaned out. Countertops need to be free from all items.
  • Any recycled cans/bottles need to be in a sealed plastic tote.
  • Reduce clutter, and make sure the stovetop and surrounding area are clean. All dishes need to be washed.
  • All trash needs to be removed.
  • Any dirty dishes, drinking glasses, or food of any sort should be picked up and properly handled (cleaned or tossed).
  • If all the above conditions are met and you are still having roach problems the problem could be coming from the adjoining resident.
  • Note that cockroaches can cause asthma symptoms in people who live in an infested home. Seek medical care if you are experiencing symptoms.

A pre-service checklist for roaches allows us to gather essential information about areas where these resilient pests are prevalent. Identifying areas with food sources, moisture, or cracks helps us strategically apply treatments and implement preventive measures to eliminate roach populations effectively.

Ant Control

  • Ants are in your home for a reason – food, water, or shelter from the weather. You can not control the weather but you can control there access to food and water.
  • Eliminate any food and water supply that ants have access to.
  • Repair water leaks, dripping faucets, excessive irrigation.
  • Do not leave pet food out for more than one hour per day.
  • Clean kitchen counters, dishes and carry out all trash daily.
  • Make sure all your eating is done in the kitchen/dining area only.
  • Trim all tree limbs and vegetation away from building. Keep grass cut short near the building.
  • Seal all entry points around your building. Most often the entry points are around your door and entry frames.

Understanding the types of ants and their entry points is crucial for successful ant control. By completing the pre-service checklist, you assist our team in pinpointing trails, nests, or areas of high ant activity. This information guides our approach to treating and preventing ant infestations.

Contact Betts About Any Pest Problems

Betts Pest Control, Inc.

3015 W. Central
Wichita, KS 67203
316-943-3555

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