Disinfecting after pest control is as important as wearing a big, yellow hazmat suit when entering a hazardous area. Both are meant to protect you from harmful chemicals. Because of the inherent dangers of insecticides used to remove pests from your home, it is important to disinfect your home after pest removal.
Chemicals vs. People
Abamectin. Cyfluthrin. Hydramethylnon. Pyrethrum. You might think you have just read an alien language but the truth is that each of those words is the name of a chemical used in pest control. According to the Pesticide Action Network UK, the rule of thumb is, unless otherwise labeled, anything used to kill pests will also be extremely harmful to humans and pets. The importance of cleaning your hard and soft surfaces after pest control cannot be overstated.
In most cases, the level of disinfection required is based on the areas of the home treated for pests. If the pest control treatment was primarily outdoors, you need not worry about the surfaces inside your home. However, if your home is treated for cockroaches, ants, or other pervasive kitchen or bathroom pests, you will need to disinfect hard surfaces like countertops, backsplashes, your stove or oven, cabinet doors, the refrigerator door and handle or any other surfaces you touch regularly. The chemical residue left behind by the treatment can be picked up and carried to the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, and mouth without you ever knowing about it.
To disinfect the hard surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom, wash down each surface with hot, soapy water. If one is available, use a steam cleaner with a handheld attachment. Using a steam mop on your hard surface floors is also recommended.
Before pest control professionals arrive at your home, remove or cover anything you would not want to be contaminated by pesticides. Unfortunately, you cannot remove or cover everything. In these cases, if soft, porous materials like curtains or clothing are wet to the touch after the treatment, the best course of action is to discard them completely. Do not attempt to clean these items.
Since insecticides are liquid, they can sometimes get onto carpets. The dust or dirt in your carpets carries the greatest risk of contamination, especially for young children and pets who spend more time on the floor. We suggest vacuuming these areas with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter, which keeps the contaminated dust from re-entering the air. Steam cleaners or wet vacs capable of heating water to boiling are also effective.
Removing pests from the home is a necessary service for those who want a safe and pest-free home. The chemicals can be dangerous, but the benefits of ridding your home of disease-carrying or structure destroying pests far outweighs the risks.
Disinfecting after pest control is important, and so is hiring a professional and conscientious pest control company like Sorenson Pest Control. Contact us today to learn more about the pests we treat against or remove.