It’s called the “contractor conundrum”: Should you let a stranger into your home right now, even if you have a pest control problem? The quick answer is: Yes! As long as you take precautions, you can mitigate the risk of catching COVID-19 when using a contractor.
Florida is home to all kinds of pests, including rats, mice, and at least 12,500 insect species (including various termites!). Pandemic, or no pandemic, these pests continue to be a nuisance. Follow the tips below when using pest control services in a post-COVID world.
#1. Maintain social distancing
Social distancing — keeping at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household, according to the CDC — could prevent the spread of the virus. Before inviting contractors into your home, lay down some ground rules. Ultimately, contractors should maintain distance when working in your home to carry out pest control services.
It works both ways: Contractors also expect you to keep your distance inside your home. This won’t prevent contractors from carrying out essential pest control services.
#2. Encourage handwashing/hygiene protocols
The CDC recommends that individuals wash their hands with soap and water regularly. Contractors are no different. Inform your pest control company that they must respect hygiene protocols in your home.
Pest control companies should bring their handwashing supplies, but provide an extra bottle of hand sanitizer or two. You should also make it easy for contractors to access water from your kitchen or bathroom.
#3. Clean up at the end of the day
Contractors should clean up tools and any surfaces at the end of the day. This includes wiping down high-touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, and tables. Contractors must do this. Cleaning can protect you and your family from the virus.
So it’s so important to hire a pest control service that takes the proper COVID-19 precautions.
It’s a strange time, but there’s no reason you can’t enlist the services of a reputable and experienced pest control specialist in Florida. Social distancing, regular handwashing, and cleaning can slow down the spread of the virus.
Are you looking for a pest control service in Florida? Venom Pest Control is a family-owned Clermont company with years of experience. Call 352.223.3618 or learn more here.