When you're moving into a new house you're in a great position with regards to getting rid of pests already in the home and keeping others out. The house is empty and this gives you full and easy access to all areas without the need to move heavy objects and your personal belongings. Follow the step-by-step tips below so you can move into your new home knowing it is now, and will remain, pest free:
Determine whether or not there is already a problem in the house
The first thing you want to do is find out if there is already a pest issue in the house. To determine this, you want to look in the cupboards, in the drawers, in the tops of closets, along the window sills and under all the sinks for evidence of pests. You will be looking for dead or alive pests, pest excrement which looks like little specks of dirt and pest parts such as wings or legs.
Getting rid of pests already in the home
You want to get rid of the pests before you move your belongings into the house. Once you move your belongings in, it will be harder to get rid of bugs and they will get into your personal items. You will need to open all the cupboards and drawers. Set off bug bombs throughout the house. Everyone and all animals should be out of the house for most of the day while the bombs are going off. When you return, sanitize all countertops and the insides of drawers and cupboards to get rid of the bomb residue.
Make sure you vacuum and mop thoroughly, then you can use a pest control spray around the baseboards. You don't want to use the spray before you clean, or you will remove the pest control substance during the cleaning process. You should also spray around the outside of your home with an outdoor spray. You want to spray a few feet out from the house, so the pests will hopefully die before they are able to enter your home at all.
Keeping pests from coming back
Make sure you seal off as many points of entry as possible. Pay special attention to areas where plumbing pipes enter the home, such as under sinks. Seal any holes or cracks you find. Replace or repair any screens with rips or tears. Make sure there is a tight seal around windows and doors.
If you follow this advice, you should be able to keep your home fairly pest free. However, if you continue to see pests then you should call a pest control company like Commonwealth Exterminating Co to assist you.