Are Pest Control Treatments Safe For My Family and Pets?
Pets are loved and cherished members of the family, but pests can pose serious health issues. Fleas can cause painful itching and scratching, while ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Mosquitoes can also spread harmful diseases, including malaria and encephalitis. And spiders can produce venom that causes swelling and tenderness. Pest control treatments help protect our pets by getting rid of these dangerous pests, so we need to be careful about how we use them around the home and yard.
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Many people take a great deal of care to make sure their children are safe during pest control treatments in the house, but often fail to do the same for pets such as dogs and cats, birds, reptiles and fish. These animals are very curious and use their noses to explore everything, meaning that they can easily end up inhaling, absorbing or ingesting pest control chemicals, particularly during spray treatments.
In addition, smaller pets may have a lower threshold for certain chemicals than adults, meaning that they can be affected even more quickly if exposed to a high concentration of toxic chemicals. Fortunately, strides have been made in creating safer pest control products that can be used in homes with pets. For example, some sprays now contain odorless formulas that are less irritating to pets and humans than older formulations.
There are also a number of pest control product options that do not require any liquid or granular applications and instead rely on stickiness, pheromones or sound-waves to kill insects and repel them. These include insect paper and tape, mosquito zappers and ultrasonic bug repellents. Many of these products are more effective than traditional insecticides, so they can be very helpful in controlling pest populations and allowing you to have peace of mind when it comes to your pets’ safety during pest control treatment in the house or yard.
What are the best ways to keep my pets safe during pest control?
The most important step you can take to ensure the safety of your pets during pest control is to keep them away from the work area. This can be done by moving cages and aquariums to another part of the house, removing food dishes, and making sure that the pets are inside well before the technician arrives for treatment.
You should also read and follow all product labels carefully, particularly those that indicate they are not safe for pets, to learn what precautions you must take. Finally, make sure that the treated areas are completely dry and clear of any granular or powdery pesticides before letting your pets back in.
By following these tips, you can have peace of mind knowing that pest control treatments will be safe for your pets and the rest of the family. If you have questions or concerns, talk with your pest management professional for more guidance. They will be able to recommend specific prevention methods for your pets and provide instructions on how to protect them during treatment.