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How long does it take for pest control to work

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If you’re currently dealing with a pest issue, you want the problem rectified as quickly as possible.

After all, how are you supposed to focus and care for your family when you’re worried about creatures crawling or scampering around?

Whether your property is infested with ants, rodents, or anything in between, you likely want to know how long it takes for pest control to work and when you can get back to business as usual.

The short answer is it depends. Discover the answers to this and other critical pest control questions below.

Factors That Affect Pest Control Effectiveness Times

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how long it takes for pest control to work. Several factors influence this timeline, including the following:

Pest Type

First, the treatment timeline depends on the type of pest you’re dealing with.

Some, like ants or earwigs, are relatively easy to eliminate, especially if you catch them early. Others, including cockroaches and termites, take longer to clear out.

In some cases, getting rid of these pests can take several visits. They’re sneaky and known for their resilience (cockroaches, especially, have a reputation for being the only creatures to survive a nuclear attack), meaning technicians may have to return to your home several times before they’re fully eliminated. Or in the cases of pests, like fleas, you will need at least two treatments to eliminate them due to their egg hatching cycle.

Infestation Severity

Are you feeling discouraged by the amount of time it can take to clear some pests from your property completely?

If so, don’t let that discouragement stop you from taking action. Remember that the longer you delay, the longer it’ll take to be effective.

The more severe your infestation is -- even if you’re dealing with a relatively easy-to-eliminate pest like mosquitos or spiders -- the more time it takes to eradicate the problems and restore your home to its pest-free status.

Put simply, the more time pests have to crawl through your walls or build nests in your attic, the more time they have to reproduce and worsen the overall infestation.

As a result, you’ll have a more serious issue on your hand. You could also deal with more severe damage to your property (especially if you’re dealing with a creature like termites) and higher treatment and repair bills.   

Treatment Type

Some pest control treatments are more effective than others for eliminating certain pests. For example, sprays can work well for preventing cockroaches from entering your home, but bait systems are more effective for removing termites or treating current infestations of some pests. 

Keep in mind, too, that harsh chemicals aren’t always the best solution.

Don’t assume you have to choose the pest control company that uses the most toxic products on the market to see results. In most cases, green solutions and strategies can be just as (if not more) beneficial.

As a bonus, these eco-friendly options also protect you, your family, and your pets from exposure to harmful ingredients.   

Size of Property

A larger property means there are more places for pests to camp out and avoid exposure to pesticides, traps, etc.

The pests might flee for the attic, make way for the basement, or head to the shrubs surrounding your property so they can sneak back in after the scary pest control technicians have left.

In any case, an expansive property will likely take longer to treat than a small one. It will naturally take more time for the technicians to assess the property, identify where the pests are getting in and the extent of the damage they’ve caused, and spray their solutions or set up bait stations. 

Again, don’t let this information deter you from taking prompt action. If you work with a professional team, they will know which areas to address first to have the most significant impact in the shortest period of time and how to treat to fully eradicate an troublesome pests.  

Environmental Factors

Finally, the time it takes for pest control treatments to work also depends on environmental factors, such as the temperature, moisture, and the pH (acidity) of the pesticide and the area where it’s administered.

Rain plays a major roll when applying products.  For the standard spray that is used to create a protective barrier for the house, it is okay if it rains shortly after or before application. However, rain after a mosquito fog and reduce its effectiveness. 

Conversely, high temperatures can also cause pesticide droplets to evaporate quickly, which also influences their effectiveness.

Tips to Ensure Pest Control Treatments Work

If you’re going to take the time and spend the money to treat your property and get rid of pests, you want to make sure those treatments work, right? Here are some tips that will help you see the best results:

Use Proper Preventative Measures

If you want your pest control treatments to work faster, do everything you can to prevent pest infestations from happening in the first place.

Proper prevention reduces the risk of pests invading your home. It also helps you catch signs of pests sooner, meaning you’ll be able to contact a pest control company and get their help right away.

What does proper pest control prevention look like? Generally, it involves the following:

  • Remove food sources (clean your kitchen and pantry regularly, don’t eat outside of the kitchen and dining room, etc.)
  • Address standing water, leaks, and other moisture sources that could attract pests.
  • Store food in properly sealed containers (preferably glass or plastic, as pests can chew through cardboard)
  • Regularly take out the trash and use covered trash cans
  • Eliminate clutter (stacks of newspapers, cardboard boxes, piles of clothing, etc.) that pets could use for nesting, hiding, and breeding
  • Block places pests can use for entry and hiding (seal cracks with caulk, block spaces around pipes with steel wool, etc.) 
  • Always check packages and boxes before bringing them inside.

It’s also helpful to know about the types of pests you’re most likely to deal with in your area. For example, Texas has a giant cockroach population with over 30 species residing in the state.

Act Quickly

As we mentioned above, the severity of a pest infestation affects the amount of time it takes to resolve the issue. How do you prevent pest infestations from increasing in severity? Catch them early and act quickly.

Call a pest control company as soon as you notice signs of pest infestations. They will get to your property right away (sometimes the same day), evaluate the issue, and come up with a plan of attack.

Here are some of the most critical signs of pest infestations to watch for:

  • Droppings
  • Small holes or other openings in your walls
  • Chewed items (especially cardboard boxes or clothing)
  • Nests made of leaves, twigs, cardboard, paper, or strips of fabric.

If you notice anything that seems suspicious, remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Time Treatment Properly

Because issues like temperature and moisture can influence pesticide effectiveness, it’s best if you can coordinate with pest control professionals to treat your property at an ideal time.

If you are wanting a mosquito yard fog, check the weather to see if it’s going to rain in the next day or so, for example, so you can avoid spraying your yard right before it gets soaked.

Hire a Professional Pest Control Company

In some cases, you can get away with do-it-yourself pest control methods. However, it’s better to hire a professional pest control company right from the start of severe issues, especially pests like termites or cockroaches.

Look for pest control professionals who are familiar with your area and the types of pests you’re facing. They will offer their expert opinion and help you eliminate the problem as quickly as possible.

Prioritize Regular Pest Control Maintenance

You can also prevent pest issues and increase the effectiveness of future treatments with regular pest control maintenance.

Maintenance treatments significantly decrease the chances of pests returning to your property after they have been eliminated. Furthermore, because a technician is visiting your home regularly (usually every month), it’s easier for them to spot signs of a potential pest problem and address it promptly.

Say a technician does spot warning signs of pests on your property. They can devise a treatment plan and get to work immediately. Since they’re acting faster, they will be able to eliminate the problem sooner and minimize the amount of damage the pests can cause.

Partner with Natran Green Pest Control Today

Several factors influence the effectiveness of pest control treatments, from the size of your property to the frequency with which you address it.

Remember the tips and guidelines discussed above so you can maximize the results of your pest control treatments. If you need help from a professional pest control company, we’re here for you at Natran Green Pest Control. 

Reach out today for more information or a quote. Our friendly team of experts is ready to answer all your questions and offer our professional opinion on the best next steps.

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