Your pet is important to you, which is why when pests invade your home, your top priority is keeping your furry friend safe. You want to get rid of the pests, but you also know that some pesticides will harm your pet. To help you keep your pet healthy and keep your home pest free, below are three pet-friendly pest control practices.
Prevention Is the Key
They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the same goes for pest control. It is much easier and safer on your pets to prevent pests from ever getting into your home in the first place than to get rid of them once they have gotten in.
Do your research on what pests are common to your area and how to keep them out. Most pests are attracted to food, water, or warmth. Don’t leave any food out uncovered, and remove any sources of standing water. Elmhurst Pest Control recommends having routine home inspections to make sure that you catch any problems early on. You can also use plants that discourage pests. Lavender, marigolds, peppermint, and rosemary are very effective in discouraging pests, with the added bonus of making your garden pretty.
Use Pesticides Safely
If, despite your best efforts, pests do manage to get in, you do have pet-friendly options for clearing them out. Natural herbs and oils, such as peppermint and cinnamon are very effective in discouraging pests. You can also use diatomaceous earth to kill pests. Diatomaceous earth is non-toxic, so it is safe to use outside and inside.
If you decide to use a pest control company, look for one that specializes in green pest control. Green pest control companies use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic treatments that won’t harm you or your pets. Make sure you ask these companies what they plan to do to make sure their products really are pet-friendly. Ask for a Materials Safety Data Sheet, which lists the potential hazards or and how to safely work with different products. If the company does not have a Materials Safety Data Sheet, do not let them start treatments until you have time to review their products.
Properly Store and Dispose of All Pesticides
You can also keep your pet safe by taking care in how you store and dispose of leftover pesticides. To prevent accidental poisoning, keep chemicals in the original container. Read any safety labels thoroughly. There are instructions on safe use, storage and disposal. Make sure you store any chemicals in an area that your pets cannot access, like high shelves in cupboards or closets.
In short, it is possible to keep your home free of pests without harming your pets. If you practice prevention and use, store, and dispose of all pesticides properly, the only extra occupant in your house will be a healthy and happy pet.