Pest Control and Pet Safety

February 23, 2015By

When most people think about pest control, they worry about the damage that could be done to their homes. Of course, they have the general discomfort that comes from knowing that they’re sharing their home with rodents or insects as well. There are also the adverse health effects an infestation could have on one’s family. However, it’s important to remember that pests are no friend to your pets either.

The Problem of Pests and Pets

Besides the obvious, pests introduce a very serious risk to your family’s pets. While pesticides are often an easy way to kill off something like a spider, using it throughout the house also means your pets may be affected by it. No matter how badly you want to get rid of some pests, it’s never worth hurting you four-legged friend.

If you do decide to use pesticides, remember the following advice.

Remove Pets First

When applying pesticides, make sure your pets are nowhere in the area. You also don’t want them reentering a room or space anytime soon either. If they’re able to lick at the application, your pet could soon become ill.

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Remove all of your pet’s toys (e.g. tennis balls, chew bones, squeaky toys, scratching posts, etc.) before spraying as well. Put their kennel and bedding and anything else they regularly interact with in another room.

Read the Directions

This one should be obvious, but you always want to make sure you apply pesticides just as the directions instruct. By reading the instructions, you should also understand when pets can be reintroduced to the area you treated. It’s always a good idea to make sure the chemicals have dried and to keep the room well ventilated. Again, though, the directions should explain all this.

Cover Fish Tanks

Don’t forget about your fish either. You obviously don’t have to remove them from the room. You do want to cover their tanks though. This will prevent liquid chemicals and vapors from settling on the water and eventually sinking in to your pet’s habitat.

If you elect to use bug bombs, first turn the tank’s pumps off before applying them.

Using Bait

Some pesticide methods require bait to attract the animal. This is true for mouse, rat, gopher, slug and snail traps. While this can be an effective tool, you definitely want to make sure these traps are kept somewhere where your pets can’t reach them. They will probably be attracted to the bait and most have the noses to find them. If they do, not only can they ruin your trap, they can also hurt themselves.

Even baits that are buried need to be safe from pets. They will gladly dig them up if their noses tell them there is a snack involved.

As much as possible, make sure you use bait that isn’t poisonous. Even if your pet isn’t attracted to it, they may catch and eat prey that was. This is known as secondary or relay poisoning and can spell bad news, despite all the precautions you’ve taken.

Lawn Products

When using granular lawn products, keep pets off any treated areas for at least 24 hours, if not longer. You need to give the granules time to dissolve and the treated area enough time to dry.

At Fischer Environmental Services, we only use chemicals that are safe for pets. This allows us to do our job without having to worry about placing your animals in danger. When you also consider that our experts know just about everything when it comes to pest control, it’s well worth it to let us address this problem for you. Call us today at (800) 391-2565 and we can eliminate your problem while protecting your pets.

 

Source:

http://npic.orst.edu/health/pets.html

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