A lot of people consider our cute furry friends as part of the family. We want to ensure our pets are safe when we get pest control done. Most pest control treatments are safe for pets, but there are risks for some animals.

People usually ensure their kids and other family members are safe during a pest control treatment. Still, they must remember to treat their birds, reptiles, fish, and furry friends like cats and dogs the same way. Even though it is thought that pest control treatments don't have much of an effect on pets, they can still hurt them in some ways. For example, pesticides are hazardous for dogs and cats. They can ingest them, absorb them through their skin, and breathe in the smell because they use their noses to find out about everything. Therefore, you must take extra steps to protect your pets before, during, and after a pest control service.

Does pest control work well with pets?

When pest control professionals use pesticides, they make sure to choose safe products. Pesticides must also be used at a minimum concentration, usually less than 1 percent. You might wonder if this concentration is strong enough to kill the bugs in your house. The answer is yes. 

When pesticides are sprayed on surfaces, they often dry quickly. The residue stays on the covers, which helps kill insects but does not affect pets if they touch them.

Everyone loves pets because they are such beautiful creatures. It should be a comfort to pet owners that professionals know the standard operating procedures when exterminating pests in a household with other animals. So, make sure that you hire professionals who can eliminate your pest problems ethically.

How to keep pets safe during treatment?

Here are some valuable tips for keeping pets safe while others are being treated for an infestation.

Do careful research on companies that deal with pest control and maintenance: Make sure that the pest control company you choose will only use safe products for pets. Ask for references, check them, and learn about the pesticides and methods they use. It will help if you talk about how you have pets at home.

Talk to the experts: Homeowners must tell pest control and pest maintenance specialists about their pets when discussing treatment options. Some strategies are suitable for pets; any technician can tell you everything you should know. However, before the technicians come, ensure with the vet that all safety measures have been considered. 

Opt for a professional instead of D-I-Y Treatment: If you have a pest infestation at home, it's best to hire a professional service for pest control since they have the experience and knowledge to keep pets safe. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Take pets out of the treatment area: If the outside of your house is being treated, keep pets inside. If the inside is being treated, keep your pets outside. To protect birds and fish, place a sheet or towel over their cages and/or tanks to stop dust or vapors from getting in. To give the pesticide time to dry, keep pets away from the treated area for 1 to 2 hours after treatment. Failing to do so can be dangerous for you and your pets. Also, ensure rooms have a lot of airflow before letting pets in.

How long should you wait after the service before letting the dogs out?

If you put the treatment outside your house, you must wait at least 20 to 30 minutes before letting your dogs go outside.

Should you tell your Pest control, Expert or Technician, that youhave pets?

Any good pest control technician will ask if you have pets, but it's always best to tell them first. So, the company can take special measures to ensure that your pets are safe and sound.

At RidAway, we care just as much about your pets as we do about ensuring your pest problems don't come back. We know how to eliminate annoying bugs, rodents, and wildlife and ensure they stay gone. So call us at (781) 531-9365 right now!