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Categories: Common Pests, Residential and Urban Services, Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, Mice and Rats
The most common question we get, especially when it comes to treating a home, is Are Pest Control Treatments Safe Around Children and Pets?
And we understand why this question is so important,
If you have pets or small children, you know first-hand how curious they can be. They miraculously manage to get into everything and anything, and much of what they discover ends up on them or in their mouths. Pets especially, are known for consuming odd items for unknown reasons - ever hear of cats eating socks? It’s true!
Because the term ‘pest control’ is commonly synonymous with using toxic and harmful chemicals, people are concerned that pest control treatments, especially baits and sprays, can put children and pets in danger if they're exposed to it.
It doesn’t help that some pest control products have a strong unpleasant odour upon application, which can raise concerns over how safe they actually are, especially if the homeowner is asked to leave their home during the application - It smells this bad and I have to leave??? This cannot be safe! Just so you know, this odour dissipates once the product dries 2-3 hours later and leaves a residue that is only unsafe for the pest issue it is designed to address. The reason you were asked to leave during the application is for your own comfort. BTW - a good pest control professional would have taken the time to explain this to you.
If you’re putting off pest control efforts or services because you are concerned about the safety of pest control, first remember that pests can be harmful to your pet, child, and you. Pests like mice, rats and cockroaches can cause health issues and spread diseases. Bed Bugs bite, and feed on human and animal blood. Even more important, solving pest issues often takes time. The longer you allow a pest issue to persist, the bigger it gets. In some cases it also becomes more difficult to resolve, and takes even more time.
Yes, if the pest control solution is designed, administered and managed by a professional, licensed pest control company, like Environmental Pest Control:
While we always encourage our customers to pest proof their homes year-round, we do not encourage DIY pest control approaches.
The safest (and most effective) pest control for anyone is ongoing preventative pest-proofing and working with a licensed pest management professional when pest issues arise and persist.
Environmental Pest Control has always been 100% committed to delivering safe and effective pest management solutions. All of the products we use have been approved by Health Canada.
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