Pets and Pest Control – Are my pets safe?

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Posted November 30, 2022 by Sarah Malone
Category: Advice, Pets

When treating residential homes one of the most common questions we get asked is will this treatment harm my cat or dog?

For most family’s pets are part of the family. Here at Pest Alert we ensure that your family and pets safety is always priority while still trying to manage the pest problems around the home.

Flea Control

One of the most common pests for our furry friends are fleas. The most common flea found is the Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea. These fleas cause skin irritation, itching, can transmit other parasites or cause an allergic reactions. This flea also affect humans and can be hard to get rid of if the source is hard to locate. For more information, please see our page on fleas.

Flea Control
This is a cat flea. Sometimes by protecting your pets can be easier
and cheaper than treatments once they have taken over your home.

When we keep our pets outside, you can use the recommended treatments from your local vet to help keep them purr-fectly safe when used properly. If unsure always talk to your local vet for more information on how to protect your cats and dogs from fleas.

Always monitor your pet after their first dose to ensure there are no allergic reactions.

Using Pesticides Inside Your Home

When we treat inside homes, we always ensure that chemicals are put out of reach of pets to help keep your fur babies safe. For example all rodent baits are placed in lockable stations to help prevent your pet from easily accessing them and ant and cockroach gels are put in hard-to-reach places away from curious cats and dogs. It is also important to keep food and water bowls away while your house is being treated to ensure no chemical gets in them.

As for birds, fish, reptiles and other more delicate pets its is best to remove them while having the treatment carried out or leave those rooms out completely as they can be more sensitive to chemicals used to treat general pest

Using Pesticides Outside Your Home

When pest technicians are training to get their licences, they are trained in how to read all Labels, SDS’s and will learn the correct application methods to ensure that when they use chemicals around your home it is in the safest method possible and won’t cause any harm to your family and pets.

Most cats and dogs don’t react to the chemicals used these days however it is always important to monitor your pets after in case of any allergic reaction and seek advice from your vet if you are concerned.

When preparing for your house to be treated always remove any food and water bowls away at the time of the treatment and it is always best to stay clear of fish ponds and aviaries as these pets are more sensitive. If you have chickens, you can put them back into the coop if they are free range and just let them out once the chemical has dried again.

So, by having a professional treat your home you are taking the best measures to keep your pets safe as it is our job to ensure that no harm is done to your loved ones and to give you a safer pest free environment for you all to enjoy.

When ever unsure always feel free to talk to our technicians when they are there and they are more than happy to answer any of your pest control questions.