Each year somewhere north of 70-80 million pounds of pesticides are sprayed on homes and landscapes. There is a good chance your furry family members may be at risk from the pest control efforts of you and your neighbors. Take these three precautionary steps to help protect your pets.

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Whether you prefer to do-it-yourself or like to hire an expert to take care of your pest control, make sure your pets are top of mind when undertaking your pest control.

Read All Pest Control Labels or Make Your Technician Aware of Your Pets

Many people take care of pest control themselves. Make sure to read the pesticide label before starting your project if you plan to spray chemicals in your home or outside. Reading the label before you begin the project should educate you on proper product use and all pertinent warnings to keep your children, pets and yourself safe during application. It is also important to familiarize yourself with the product’s label to learn:

  • Tips for safe product storage.
  • What to do in case of accidental ingestion.
  • Phone numbers that will provide further help or more information.

Keep Pets Away From Chemicals And Traps During Treatment

 The first thing you should do is pick up your dog or cat’s water and food bowls, as well as any pet toys and bedding prior to spraying. Animals can be poisoned after the treatment is complete by eating from bowls covered in dried chemicals or chewing on treated toys. The chance of accidental poisoning is greatly reduced by removing these items before you or the technician start the application process.

The general rule of thumb when spraying pest control chemicals is to keep pets away from treated treated areas until the chemicals dry completely. While this usually takes approximately 2 hours, you should read the product label for more specific information if you plan to treat the home yourself. If you hire an expert, let the expert know you have pets, what kind of pets you own and where the pets spend their time. Ask the technician when pets can be allowed back into the treated areas. Pets should be removed from the home if you plan to treat your dwelling for insects if possible.

Pets can stay inside if you are only treating the outside of the house, but make sure to keep them away from treated areas until all chemicals have dried. Adverse weather may increase drying time. Follow all instructions and use common sense.

Besides sprays, sometimes lawns are treated with chemicals in granular form which require special considerations. Pets should be kept from the treated area for 24 hours when using pest control products in granular form. The pesticide container label will have specific instructions for pet safety.

As a pet owner you should also be aware that baits and baited traps use pesticides and are prepared with food ingredients. This makes them especially alluring to pets. Baits are often used for rats, mice, slugs, snails and gopher control. If you or your technician use any kind of bait, make sure the bait is placed or stored where animals cannot reach it. This precaution even includes buried baits. Animals have been poisoned after digging up buried bait.

You share the same environment as your neighbors, so common sense dictates that if you have to treat your yard for pests, chances are your neighbors do too. Talk to neighbors and ask them to give you a heads up before treatment so you can keep your pets inside. Offer to make the same considerations if they own pets. Chemicals sprayed in a neighbor’s yard can spread to your yard as well. Animals can face accidental poisoning by cleaning themselves after walking through a freshly treated area.

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Pesticide Storage and Other Precautions

Dogs and cats may become sick after ingesting spilled pesticides or open products in storage. Thoroughly cleaning pesticide spills immediately and safely securing pest control products when not in use is very important.

Follow the Rules For Safe Pest Control

If you read and follow the precautions on product labels, practice safe storage techniques, confer with your technician and remain aware when pesticides are in the area and keep your pets away from them, treating your home or lawn can be done safely.

 

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