Keeping pests out of your house and yard is a vital part of living comfortably. However, it can be hard to know exactly how to treat for pests without also causing harm to other parts of your family, especially your pets.
Dogs and cats can find traps, get into pest poison, and even eat an animal that has been treated or is poisoned. All of this can lead to tragic consequences for your furry friends.
What can you do to keep your pets safe while also managing the pest control you need? Here are some tips that will help.
Know the Pests You’re Treating
The treatments that you put out for insects, such as roaches, spiders, fleas, and bed bugs, are going to be specially formulated for those critters. As a result, any mammals you keep as pets are less likely to be affected.
Now, if you have a pet tarantula and you’re treating for spiders or a pet dog and you’re treating for rats, you’ll have to be a lot more careful. Most professional pest control techniques can be tailored to make sure your pets are safe, but if you’re doing it yourself you have to be very careful.
Be sure that you confine the pest treatment to the specific areas where pests live, rather than leaving them out in the open. Keep an eye on cats, ferrets, snakes, and other animals that are likely to end up in unusual spots. You may need to take extra steps to keep them away from your poison or traps.
Don’t Overuse Pesticides
If you’re doing your own pest control, be sure to use the chemicals with a light hand. Generally, you don’t need to completely douse an area with pesticides, even if your mind is screaming “Kill them all!”
Using the pesticides carefully according to the directions on the package will help you protect your family from toxicity, especially the small, more curious members of the family.
If you use pesticides, you can also take steps to choose those with lower toxicity to humans and pets. Knowing which ingredients are the most toxic is vital, as is knowing which ones are safe when used as directed.
Choose products with only safer chemicals, and use them only as directed. If you see any signs of poisoning in your pets, act immediately to get treatment.
Choose Professional Pest Control
One of the best ways to keep everyone safe is to choose professional pest control. A local company like West Termite, Pest & Lawn not only knows what pests are most common in your area, they also know how to set up treatment that is safest for your pets and family.
Whether you’re facing rodents, spiders, or roaches, we can help. Even more importantly, we can help you prevent problems before they start. Our treatment plans are specific and carefully planned to match your exact needs.
Let us know if you have pets so that we can work with the proper treatments. If you’re ready for professional pest control, contact us today!