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​Pest control is an umbrella term used to define any action taken to manage pests. For example, if your shoe is used as an approach that smashes cockroaches to smithereens then it will be considered as “pet-safe” pest control.
When taking into account the safety of pest control, the plan usually focuses on the chemicals used. Generally, pest control products for home based insects are applied in low concentrations. These concentrations are efficient at treating small insects, but even then are not good for pets.

It is always suggested that pets are kept away from any treated zones until the products dry. Drying times differ but it commonly takes around 30-60 minutes. For aquatic pets owners must cover any tanks or bowls to prevent airborne products from entering the animals’ habitat. 
When controlling rodent, bait that constitutes a worse threat to animals should be enclosed in a protective bait station, to be certain that there is no tampering from pets. If your pets ingest rodent bait or rodents that  died from rodent bait, you need to consult a veterinarian immediately. An expert in pest control can also be your best source if you have any questions concerning the use of pest control chemicals and/or bait around your pets. Also, any store bought products being used inappropriately have the ability to harm pets and people. 

​Pet Safe Pest Control: What you need to know

Here are things you should know:
Flea treatments
One effective way to eradicate fleas from your pet is to use flea collars. They destroy every flea around the neck and head area, working with your pet’s natural hair follicles it will find its way slowly into your pet’s body. This forces the fleas to be trapped at the end of your pet’s tail where they will either fall or die out very rapidly. 

Another secure method for ridding your pets of fleas is through an insect growth regulator (IGR). It is a device involved that interferes with an insect’s growth stages. Frequently, when insects grow, they pass through several stages. These IGR devices prevent insects from reaching adulthood. Thus they will not be able to reproduce, so destroying the infestation without causing harm to your pets.

Another factor to consider for a pet’s safety when using pest control is where the pest control company puts its productsIf the pest control company places its products everywhere and does not take time to target pests, this can be dangerous to pets. For example, when pest control services targets cracks and crevices there is little to no chance that your pets will get into your walls and eat the pest control products. 

A few kinds of agricultural products can be added to badly infested areas, but they might need a short time to dry out before they are safe for pets. One such insecticide — that is derived from flowers — is called pyrethrins. 
It has a low toxic level to humans and pets alike, and they are biodegradable. This type of insecticide has been used for thousands of years. During wars soldiers used this compound from crushed flowers to prevent fleas and lice.

Similar to where you place pest control products, using pest bait is another option for pet-safe pest control. When you use particularly placed bait, there is no need to be worry about your pets getting at it. Let’s imagine you have problems with rodents, in this case, you will place bait under your fridge, under your stove, on a shelf, behind a dresser, essentially where pets can’t reach, so your pet is kept away from dangerous bait.

Another option for a pet-safe pest control is to change aspects of the environment in your home. There are instances where a little change in the environment can make your home uncomfortable for pests, but will remain fine for both you and your pets. It can be something related to humidity levels, a change in temperature, or in storage habits — or other simple changes identified by a pest control expert.

Other pest control options that do not use chemicals or pesticides to eradicate pests or keep you and your pets safe. For example, at Rove Pest Control, there is an advanced bed bug approach called heat treatment. Rather than using dangerous chemicals and pesticides this method uses excess heat to destroy every bed bug. In addition to the safety of your pets and family, there are a few added bonus for using this method. 

Bed bugs are known to be severely hardy creatures, and they have been building up resistance to the pesticides and insecticides that are used on them. This means that most pest control companies that make use of chemicals options are putting you and your family at greater risk and may not be even efficiently treating your bed bug problem. This can also cause you to ruin your furniture, clothes or other fabrics. 

The heat treatment simply increases the temperature to a level that bed bugs cannot survive. This also removes any chance of potentially dangerous chemicals and/or their residue being left in areas that your pets frequent. The heat treatment method removes any need to secure your pet in a location away from any rooms being treated for hours, maybe even days, and also gives you peace of mind in terms of knowing you and yours will be safe.

​Pet-friendly Pesticides

​Many pesticides that are being used by pest control experts have very low concentrations of toxins, they are lethal to insects, but they are entirely safe for your pets and anyone being exposed to them. 
For maximum safety it is still suggested that you keep any animals away from the treated surface for at least a few hours. Also note that non-licensed service providers make use of powerful chemicals that are dangerous upon skin contact or when they are inhaled. Use natural remedies for pest control if you want to feel 100% at ease.

Diatomite
Diatomite has been used to kill roaches for nearly 10 years now and it has proven to be effective. It is a white powder made from the fossilized remain of algae known as diatoms. It is 100% safe for pets — unless it is has been made as a specific application for pools. But only an acceptable food grade diatomite is used when cockroaches have infested a property. Dragging the white dust inside their nest it will kill every cockroach inside.

Pyrethrum
The dried flower heads of Chrysanthemums Cinerariifolium are among the most efficient natural insect repellents, and it is commonly used by skilled gardeners who know the proper method for using it. If you do not want to spend money on it, just grow many plants in your yard and be patient till the flower head grows, dry them and crush the whole thing into powder. 
Pyrethrum offers great pest protection from plants available in your garden. The powder that is obtained from the dry flower can be turned easily into a home-made spray. Be extremely careful with any pyrethrum based products that are sold in stores as many products contain a small amount of pyrethrum powder mixed with very toxic chemicals.

Ammonia
Mixing ammonia and water is a natural remedy that will exterminate nearby rodents and will banish them for an extended period.

Strong Pepper or Garlic Mix
Mixing onions, jalapenos, and garlic, is a highly effective way to guarantee pet-safe pest control. Combine these three with hot pepper sauce and add a little liquid soap. The entire mixture works better when mixed with enough water so it can be used on a surface. Your pet will not get hurt as it will stay far away from the odour, and it repels rodents.

Pet-Safe Rodent Control

Rodent infestations can be terribly damaging for buildings; rats pass through walls in search of food and have the ability to destroy electrical wires and fittings, pipes — gas, water and sewer — and essentially anything in their way . Completely eradicating them should be done immediately. Sadly pets sometimes become victims of poison, glue-boards and other pest control tools and gadgets. These tips will assist you in keeping your pets safe while you deal with rodents:

  • Rodents eat through walls which is one of the reasons for fire outbreaks in some buildings. Keep all your electrical installation secure by sealing them with metal  rat-proof plates.
  • Use food that is unattractive to your pet for bait traps.. Don’t, for example, use bacon and other meat products that your dog and cat are going to love.
  • If glue boards are placed around your property, keep animals away. Cats are especially vulnerable to glue boards, and many have died because they stepped on them. 
  • Throw away every poisoned rodent immediately. Do not let pet eat dead mice or rats at any cost; this can cause toxoplasmosis, secondary poisoning or intestinal poisoning. Your bet will die, don’t let this happen.
  • If rats have infested a property, check your pets for any  rat bites. An animal like cats or dogs bitten by a wild rat can contract rabies, which can then infect people.
  • Before you place poison or traps for rodents, purchase or make a DIY box of hard material through which only a mouse or rat will squeeze. The hole should not exceed 4 cm in diameter then no cat or dog will be able to get inside. Place the poison well within the box and traps to attract the vermin via food trails.

​Pest Control: Mistakes to Avoid

Some of the mistakes pet owners make are listed below. We suggest that you avoid them.

  • Using pest repellent made for humans on animals: DEET is included in pest repellent that is meant for people. Using it on pets might cause significant neurological damage.
  • Do not treat cats and dogs the same way: Whenever buying pest control products from the store, read the information on the label carefully , it will teach you the proper way how to use it and whether it is appropriate for animals. It is a common mistake to treat cats with pyrethroids which enforce a higher risk of poisoning the cat. Only ever use products for the specific animal it is made for.
  • Observe your pet after you have spot-check treated it: When you apply any pesticides make sure you constantly check for any sign of swelling, skin/hair loss, redness. If you see complications or a reduction in appetite, take your pet to a vet immediately. Your pet may have been poisoned.
  • Use Ultrasonic Devices: Many people use ultrasonic devices in an attempt to reduce the number of rodents at a property. One important thing to know is that rats get used to the noise and later it will not bother them. Such devices might cause harm to your dog, which can be more sensitive to such high-pitched sounds, rather than keeping any rats away.
  • Not reading what is on a label: As discussed, labels are essential. To become more familiar with the information on the label check the label carefully, comprehensively and repeatedly.

Other Pest Control Tips to Keep your Pets

  • Make use of pet carriers or protect your pets in a kennel during the course of applying any pest control measures.
  • Remove all pet toys, items, and bowls that your pets make use of from the area that is meant to be treated for pests.
  • Do not be misled by extermination products and baits for snails which can be dug up. Pets can detect them and dig them up to feed.
  • Everything you put on the skin of your pets goes directly into their system, and when it is something dangerous, it will have an immediate effect on the health of your pet.
  • Water tanks for fish and cages for birds should be kept covered at all costs during any treatments. It is suggested that you use a soft towel or something familiar to avoid the animal from ingesting dangerous or toxic substances. 
  • If in doubt, talk to your pest control experts, they will be able to give answers as to if your pets can stay in that area or not. Fortunately,  many pest control procedures are secured for pets, but always discuss the precautions to take when they are through treating the area.
​Early preparation is an essential key to keeping your pets safe during any pest control applications, be sure to open up about any concerns you have to the pest control professional, they are sure to help and put your mind at ease. Always  properly schedule the time that will best suit both your family and pets before booking any pest control services.