A common concern and frequently asked question at Rove Pest Control is, “is pest control safe for my pets?” Today’s post will give you some tips and information on how pest control can be used safely with pets.
Avoid doing your own pest control to keep your pets and family safe
In this day and age, a lot of people like to be do-it-yourselfers, and unfortunately, this can be dangerous when it comes to pest control. There are a variety of pest control products out there, and each one usually only works on certain pests, needs to be used in a specific way in your home, outside or inside, as well as needs specific placement to be effective.
Most people aren’t trained pest control professionals, so they don’t use products correctly. A common mistake is using outdoor products indoors. This is a quick way to create a situation that can be harmful to your family and pets.
If you are going to place pest control products around your home, you need to be sure to let them thoroughly dry before letting your pets and family in an area that was treated. This is also true if you have a pest control service treat your home.
In most cases when pest control products are used, they become safe for pets and your family to interact with after they have dried. In addition to that, when a pest control service uses pest control products, they are specifically targeted and often placed in cracks and crevices where your pets wouldn’t be able to contact them anyway.
Flea collars are a great form of pet safe pest control
Flea collars have been around for a long time, and they are actually one of the most effective and safest forms of pest control that you can use around your pets. These work by slowly releasing the pest control product from the collar onto the neck hair, which then slowly carries the product down the pet’s body through the hair oils and follicles. This pushes the fleas and other pests down to the tail where they eventually either die or fall off.
Prevention steps you can do to as a form of pet safe pest control
As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure,” and the same holds true for pest control, especially with your pets. There are a lot of simple prevention steps you can do to create a pest free environment in your home that’s safe for your family and pets.
Ticks and fleas are probably the most common pests you will encounter that can cause harm to your pets. One simple trick beyond using flea and tick collars is to keep your pets away from tall grasses and wooded areas.
Also, check your pets each time they are in the woods, tall grass, or other areas that fleas and ticks generally inhabit. You can often prevent a lot of issues by removing any ticks that may have got on your pets before they can bite them and latch on.
Flea prevention can be accomplished with a little bit of vacuuming. If fleas aren’t on your pets directly, they often can be found hiding on their pet beds, on the carpet, and on furniture where your pets usually frequent.
A quick tip you can do is to vacuum about once a week or more to remove any fleas and flea eggs that might be around your house. It’s also a good idea to put a flea collar into the vacuum bag as well.
Often fleas might be inside the vacuum and still living and breeding and by putting a flea collar in the bag it can make sure they don’t multiply and potentially spread around your home.
The best ways to keep your pets pest free and safe is to take preventive measures to keep pests off of your pests, to begin with as well as using a pest control service to safely place and use pest control products properly around your home.