Pest control is very important for any residence, and even more so for a commercial business where you might face a shutdown of the business from the local health department if you should neglect pest control on your premises. If you know you need either residential or commercial pest control for a property, note a few questions you might have about this service, and then discuss your property's pest infestation with a professional pest control specialist.
Why does an exterminator need to examine the home or building before spraying?
Pest control should involve much more than just spraying baseboards and other such areas; an exterminator should locate where pests are coming into the home and also find any nests, eggs and the like. This will help to reduce the infestation and to eventually eliminate it altogether.
An exterminator may also want to note the signs of infestation, so ensures he or she knows exactly what is infesting the home. You may assume that holes in the wall have been created by termites, for example, but a closer inspection may reveal that those holes are from mice chewing at the drywall. Without an inspection, an exterminator's work can be a waste of time and money.
Why does an exterminator need repeated visits?
Pest extermination doesn't always work in one visit; the poisons spread or the traps set may take care of some pests, but a heavy infestation may need multiple treatments as there may be more rodents than traps that can be set in a building, for example. Repeated visits can also help an exterminator determine how a home or commercial building is being infested. They may note certain areas that continue to have signs of infestation, even after repeated visits, so he or she can check that area of the building for nests, food sources for pests and the like.
Note, too, that a home or commercial building that is in poor repair may naturally attract pests that will repeatedly infest the area. As an example, if your home's basement is always damp, this can attract bugs and rodents, as they need a water source and not just a food source. If you don't properly cover foodstuffs in a residential or commercial kitchen, this will always attract bugs and mice. Failure to address these problems in the building will require repeated visits from an exterminator to kill pests that keep coming back.