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The Pest Control Checklist You Should Go Over in Your Home (and Business)

Posted on November 2nd, 2018 by Knockout Pest

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Are you worried you may have a pest infestation in your home or business?

If so, you should call a professional pest management company ASAP!

However, while you’re waiting for them to arrive, you should go over a pest control checklist to see for yourself if your home (or business) is prone to an infestation.

The DIY Pest Control Checklist

If you answer “No” to any of the following questions, your likelihood of a pest infestation in your home or business increases. Therefore, make sure you answer each and every question on this list with a “Yes” the next time you read through it.

  • Are the doors, windows, and other openings in the building tightly sealed (and equipped with the proper weatherstripping)?
  • Are all screens and vents without holes or tears?
  • Are dirty dishes and items in the sink area cleaned within a reasonable amount of time?
  • Are the “hard to reach” areas being cleaned regularly to remove any debris, food scraps, and possible spills? (Ex: underneath appliances, under the grates on the stove, on pantry shelving, etc.)
  • Are all of the food and drinks being stored properly in containers with secured lids?
  • Is all of the garbage being taken out of the building to its proper receptacle each night (or when it needs to be).
  • Are the outside garbage containers secured and cleaned (to a reasonable degree)?
  • Is there any litter surrounding the outside of your building?

These are some of the many questions you should be asking yourself when you look at your home or business.

If you fear a pest infestation is taking over your home or business, know that Knockout will manage it for you!

We’ll work on removing the infestation, while you work on this list — ensuring you’ll always say “Yes” for each and every question!

Knockout is a proud member of the following trade organizations


Founded in 1980, IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 10​4 countries.

This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (133 chapters), industry (15 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services.


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP.


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members from around the world, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. This commitment is reflected both in the continuing education of pest management professionals and the dissemination of timely information to homeowners and businesses.


The NYPMA is The Voice for pest management companies all throughout New York State. Becoming a member could be one of the best possible investments you’ll ever make for your business. Not only will you have the backing of the New York Pest Management Association behind your company, but you’ll also get listed locally within our directory. This is a big plus for consumers or businesses looking for a legitimate pest management provider they can trust.


CAI provides information, education and resources to the homeowner volunteers who govern communities and the professionals who support them. CAI members include association board members and other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management firms and other professionals who provide products and services to associations.


GreenPro, the world’s largest and most credible green certification program for pest management professionals, recognizes companies within our industry that are committed to providing commercial and residential customers with reduced risk, comprehensive, and effective pest control services.

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