Are eco-friendly pest removal methods safe for children?
Parents are always looking for ways to keep their children safe from pests. Unfortunately, many pest control methods are toxic to children and pets. Thankfully, reputable professionals use non-toxic pest control solutions that are safe for kids. These methods are also safer for the environment.
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Traditional chemical pesticides can leave behind a residue on your plants and in the water supply. This can affect your garden and cause problems with future growth. Eco-friendly pest removal uses natural alternatives to kill ants, beetles, cockroaches, and other insects without harming your plants, your pets, or your children.
Pests can cause a lot of damage to your home, and they can even pose a health risk. Pests such as cockroaches, rats, and fleas can carry germs that cause diseases. Cockroaches and flies produce allergens that can cause asthma and allergies in children. Rodents can leave feces and shed skin that can affect air quality, while fleas can bite and spread serious diseases including Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, plague, and salmonella.
Most pests can be controlled with a combination of prevention and treatment strategies. For example, keeping food in sealed containers can stop rodents from invading your home. Removing rotting wood can prevent termite infestations, and forcibly blocking access to a nesting area can keep fleas and wasps away. Regularly vacuuming your carpets can help remove crumbs that attract fleas and other pests.
In addition to taking preventative measures, parents should also speak with their pediatrician about the safest pest control options for their children. Some pest control products require a specific period of time to be used, while others have high concentrations of chemicals that can harm your children if they are exposed to them too soon or if they accidentally ingest the product.
It’s important to take into account that the immune system of young children is still developing. Therefore, they may be more likely to get affected by the chemicals and irritants that are found in most pesticides. Young children are also lower to the ground than adults and are more likely to touch baseboards or lawns where pesticides are applied, putting them at risk of accidentally dislodging and breathing in pesticide residue. They are also more likely to put their fingers, toys and other objects into their mouths.
Using natural insect repellents such as peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus can help to deter pests and protect your children. You can mix these natural oils with water to create a spray bottle that will effectively repel bugs while not exposing your family to harsh chemicals.
Pest control companies such as Noosa Pest Management use organic and natural pest control methods that are both baby and pet safe. These methods are just as effective at controlling pests as traditional chemical treatments and are much more gentle on your family and the planet. These environmentally friendly techniques are more effective than relying on over-the-counter DIY methods that can introduce lung irritants into your living space.