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What to Do in a Pest Control Emergency
What if you came home Friday night, flipped on the kitchen light, and saw a few shiny bugs scuttle underneath your refrigerator? What if you woke up Saturday morning to a musty smell and red, itchy bites on your ankles? Yep, both of these are signs of a pest infestation. Unfortunately, bugs don’t keep normal, Monday through Friday office hours, so there’s an excellent chance you’ll notice them at the most inopportune time, like nights and weekends. If you do find yourself dealing with a pest control emergency, here are some things to keep in mind.
#1 - Don’t Panic
This is a good rule of thumb for all emergencies. Staying cool will help ensure you don’t act hastily and make the problem worse. Take a deep breath, and recognize that while pests can be icky and inconvenient, most of them aren’t deadly. Even those that bite, like bed bugs, won’t kill you in the short term.
#2 - Identify Them
How you handle a late night or weekend pest control emergency is going to depend on the insect you’re dealing with. For example, if it’s a stinging insect, like a wasp, you’ll want to distance yourself from the hive or nest. However, if its bed bugs, while it seems counterintuitive, you’ll probably want to stay put in order to avoid spreading the problem.
Don’t assume you know what pest you’re dealing with. There are some tricky insects out there that look alike. For example, bat bugs and bed bugs look very similar.
Tip: You can get familiar with the various creepy crawlies you could be dealing with by using Scherzinger’s Pest Control Library.
24 hour pest control or emergency exterminators are available; however, depending on the pest you’re dealing with, calling one in may not be worth the cost, which brings us to point 3.
#3 - Call In A Professional
In your haste to eliminate your pest control emergency, don’t turn to DIY methods. Many of them don’t work. Some of them can actually make the problem worse, and a few of them may be detrimental to your health or the health of your pets, such as essential oils for pest control.
If you’re considering a DIY or home remedy to tackle your insect invaders, be sure to check out our FAQ posts first:
- FAQs: Home Remedies for Bed Bugs
- FAQs: Home Remedies for Termites
- FAQs: Home Remedies for Ants
- FAQs: Home Remedies for Roaches
It isn’t just homemade pest control solutions that can be detrimental. Some over-the-counter products like those you’d buy at your local hardware store can also make the problem worse. According to Molly Wilson, Director of Bed Bug and Urban Pest Information Center at Virginia Tech, “Bedbugs have developed resistance to many DIY insecticides. Spraying bedbugs with insecticides you buy at a hardware store or online will likely kill only some bugs and scatter the rest, making your problem significantly worse.”
A professional exterminator is the most efficient and effective way to get rid of pests. As already mentioned, 24 hour pest control is available, but it can be costly. In addition to saving you money, waiting until the start of business hours may give you adequate time to find the best exterminator for your situation. If you’re comfortable, ask friends and family for a recommendation. On top of that, head to Google and look for pest control companies that offer first rate service (good reviews will attest to that!), like Scherzinger if you’re in the Cincinnati, Columbus, or Dayton, Ohio areas.
#4 - Get Ready
Even though you’ve found a great professional exterminator to tackle your pest control emergency, there’s still more you can do to get ready. How you prep for your appointment will depend on what pest you’re dealing with, so ask your chosen pest control company for advice leading up to your appointment. However, in general, here are three things you can do:
- Clear clutter! Clutter, whether its shoe boxes crammed under your bed, boxes stacked in the basement, or anything in between, offers excellent hiding places for pests. Try to tidy up so the pest control treatment can be applied to as many places as possible.
- Find a pet sitter. Some pest control treatments can be harmful to Fido and Fluffy. Even if the treatment you’re having done is pet friendly, having a dog or cat underfoot can make things more difficult for your exterminator. As long as the pest you’re dealing with isn’t one your animal may spread (like fleas), find a pet sitter for the day of your appointment.
- Eliminate water. Just like us, pests need water to survive. Try to cut them off as soon as possible by eliminating leaks and drying up any moisture. This would include drying out the bathtub or sinks after use.
Dealing with a pest infestation is not how anyone wants to spend their nights or weekends; however, by following the tips in this article, you’ll be able to not only survive your pest control emergency but set yourself up for success when your extermination appointment comes around.
Contact Scherzinger Pest Control, a trusted pest control company in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas, including Dayton, OH, and now Columbus, OH. We've been pioneers, engineering new standards for ways of eliminating and controlling bugs and pests. Contact us by phone at 1-877-748-9888 or through our website, Facebook, or Twitter.Authored By: Eric Scherzinger