If you’re a pet owner, you know the Arizona summer affords excellent days and nights to play outside. Your pets aren’t the only ones enjoying the summer weather, though. A lot of pests use these warmer months to infest and build their nests. How can you be sure you’re attending to the safety of the animals you want living in our house while ridding your home of the ones you don't? The Gilbert pest control experts at Pro Active Pest Control can safely handle all of these problems.
Is Pest Control Safe For Pets?
People get frantic when they’re facing infestations. It can seem like the only way to save your home is to resort to harmful solutions. Unfortunately, a lot of chemicals that save the day are also harmful to our pets. Many green pest control methods focus on prevention and deterring infestations. But when a pest population gets too large, it’s hard to have the patience or the concentration to apply more natural solutions, even if they are available. That's where professional pest control comes in.
Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe During Your Pest Control Treatment
The best way to keep a pet safe during any residential pest control treatment is to tell the company what pets you own. At Pro Active Pest Control, we care about everyone living in your home, including pets, and will ask you the question before initiating any methods. In addition, we predominantly use green and environmentally safe solutions for any pest.
Before tackling any pest infestation, you should secure pet safety first.
- Remove pets to safe spaces like kennels, sitters, or a friend’s place.
- Clean food bowls and affected surfaces after using any chemicals.
- Cover fish aquariums and reptile tanks.
- Take bird cages outside of the treatment area.
Removal is the best way to make sure pets don’t get involved in any toxic activity or eat any unsafe food. There are some ways to control pests that don’t require removal, though.
The Dos And Don’ts Of Home Pest Control
Home pest control services aren’t always necessary if you catch an infestation early and act fast. But keep in mind many chemicals are toxic to domesticated animals and pests alike. There are some convenient solutions that won’t have you worrying about pet safety.
The dos are:
- Do use diatomaceous earth. This is a fossilized algae that dehydrates insects with exoskeletons. Simply sprinkling it on the ground will desiccate and kill cockroaches, beetles, ticks, fleas, mites, ants, and earwigs.
- Do use nematodes to eat grubs and other bugs that destroy lawns. It also deprives certain bug-eating pests of a food supply.
- Do practice natural garden pest control. Keep plants that deter pests naturally. These include geraniums, marigolds, lavender, pitcher plants, wormwood, rosemary, and basil.
- Do use mixtures of citrus products, cinnamon, and vinegar for a natural pest control spray.
- Do use baking soda and sugar mixtures in small doses for ants. If your beloved domesticated animals ingest too much baking soda, it can cause problems, so limit use.
- Do use year-round flea and tick prevention from your veterinarian.
Any natural way to control pests in garden or yard areas benefits from consistency. Keep these practices going from season to season for best results.
The don’ts of pet-friendly pest control are:
- Don’t spray any pesticides.
- Don’t use DEET, as it is toxic to both dogs and cats.
- Don’t use any treatments in areas your pets can possibly access.
The advancements in pest control have made it possible to resolve any problem without jeopardizing your pets. It is becoming less and less orthodox to use chemical sprays.
Pet-Friendly Pest Control Services In Gilbert
Technology and techniques have grown over the past decades for any number of pests. The professionals at Pro Active Pest Control have been vanguards of environmentally friendly and eco-friendly methods for effective quality pest control. We believe in putting you and your loved ones first so that our community in Gilbert can maintain peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to call if you need help with securing your home.