Ridding Your Home of Insects

A Look at Best Pest Control Practices to Ensure Pet Safety

by Ted Miller

Pest control is especially important for a pet owner, as pests can pose a danger to your beloved pet, even causing diseases, some of which can be life-threatening for your pet. That being said, having pets around your home gives a whole dimension to pest control.

Pet-Safe Pest Control Solutions

There is a wide range of pest control solutions from which you can choose. Pesticides are generally safe for pets. These are applied at low concentrations, which is usually less than one percent. This percentage is high enough for effective pest control but not so high that it would pose any real threat to pets.

Best Practices

1. Keep the Pets Away. If the pest control treatment area is inside the home, then you can have the pets run around the yard during the treatment period. If you are doing a treatment for every space inside and outside your home, then take your pets elsewhere, be it to the neighbors or elsewhere. Keep in mind that the essence of doing this is to keep the pets off the treated areas until the surface dries up. A few hours are usually enough for treated surfaces to dry. The pest control specialist should be able to advise you on how long you should keep your pets out of the home.

2. Remove Your Pet's Items During the Treatment. In addition to keeping your pets away from the pest control treatment area, you should also ensure you keep your pet's items out of the area during the service. These items include their beddings and toys. Ensure you remove your pet's food and water from the treatment area to avoid possible contamination. Additionally, you will want to move your pet's cage or tank from the treatment area. Instead of moving these housings, ensuring they are well covered during the treatment period should suffice.

3. Prevention for Pest Control. A few preventive measures where your pets are concerned can help to keep pests out of your spaces. Ensure you regularly clean your pets' cages, beddings and toys. Also, be sure to store all pet food in air-tight containers, as these foods can attract pests. Be sure to call a pest control professional as soon as possible if you notice signs of pests on your pets, such as your pet being itchy. Pest control services are generally safe for pets. You can boost this safety with some best practices as outlined. Again, the right practices can help keep pests away from your pets.

For more information, contact residential pest control companies.