When you have a pest problem in your home, the first thing you turn to is a company with 24/7 pest control to come and help you eliminate the problem. Professional pest control is a must when it comes to any pest infestation. But many of us worry about our pets during the treatment, and how we can protect them.
After speaking to Hackney pest control experts Catch-it, we have put together this post about pet safe pest control, and how you can keep your pets protected during any treatments. To prepare for the arrival of your pest controller, you may be asked to move furniture and pull things away from the walls.
In the panic of having a pest infestation, you may have forgotten to mention the fact that you have pets in the house. Here are our tips on what you need to do to keep your pets safe during any pest control treatments happening in your family home.
Tell Your Exterminator
Pest problems are stressful at the best of times, and that stress can make us forget lots of different things. So when you get in touch with your pest controller, they will ask you if you have pets in the home instead.
Most pest control treatments used these days are safe for homes with pets, but it’s vital you take some time out to talk to your exterminator about the pets you have in the house. You need to talk them through where your pets will be when the pest controller arrives, and any special precautions you may need to take during the treatment and after the treatment has been done.
Protect Your Pets
Pets are very curious and whenever there’s a new sound, new people or new smells they will want to investigate. Other pets may be a bit frightened of all the goings on in the home, so it’s best to keep your pets relaxed and as far away as possible from the pest treatment. You don’t want your pets anywhere near the pest control area, so if you have a kennel or carrier it’s recommended to contain your pet somewhere safe.
If it’s not possible to put your pet in a container or kennel, the next best thing is to place them in an area of your home that isn’t being treated. Most treatments are confined to one or two rooms of the house, but there are treatments for pests such as fleas and bed bugs that will need special considerations for pets.
Not Just Chemical Fumes
There are other potential dangers, as well as the gases given off by house fumigation or chemical sprays. Things like poisoned baits can be a hazard. And once a rodent has eaten and died from poison, your pets must be protected from access to the carcass. Responsible pest disposal is crucial.
Snap traps can also pose a threat if left where pets can get to them. Place these kinds of spring loading traps in secure, out of the way places.
Do remember too, that it is not just larger pets like cats and dogs that need to be protected. If you have caged small pets like mice or birds, they are also vulnerable to chemical fumes.