As much as you love and appreciate your pets, the other creatures in your house- those creepy, crawly pests that find their way inside- often make an unwanted appearance at the worst-possible time. When you go about getting rid of those unwanted animals, it’s important to keep your animal companions safe and sound. To keep your favorite fauna out of harm’s way, there’s a few simple steps you need to follow.
How to Keep Your Pet Safe When Exterminating Pests
Keep Them Confined
If you’ve got a curious pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, or other type of animal, they’ll most likely want to check out what’s going on when an exterminator comes to your home. To prevent them from being harmed by the chemicals, keep your animals confined to a room that’s not being treated or to a kennel in a far corner of a room that is being treated. If your home is undergoing extensive treatment, it may be better to board your animals to ensure they stay completely safe.
Keep Them Covered
For animals whose enclosure can’t easily be moved, such as fish or large reptiles, it’s important to cover their enclosure with a blanket or large piece of plastic to prevent chemicals from entering their enclosure. Especially when it comes to fish, the presence of any chemicals could cause an immediate drop in water quality, so it’s important to protect their tank as much as you can. For other animals, covering their cage might be a good idea as well, to help keep them calm and serve as a kind of filter against airborne chemical particles.
Spray with Caution
If you are spraying the chemicals yourself, realize that it’s important to keep the chemicals as confined as possible. Pest control companies utilize this method because they realize this isn’t just important for your pet’s health but your health, as well. If you use too many chemicals in too many places, you are more likely to get them on your hands and feet, which could spread them all around your house. Just limit their use to dark and confined spaces where pests usually hide and you’ll have a much better chance of keeping them where they need to be.
Keep Pets Interested
If your pet notices where chemicals have been sprayed during their application or if they smell the chemicals afterward, they’re going to want to investigate. It’s important you provide your pet with plenty of stimulating activities to keep their mind off of the treated areas that they want to explore. By giving the chemicals a chance to dry and disperse, you run a much lower risk of your pets being harmed when they do eventually go and explore the areas that have been treated.
Weigh Your Options
In many situations, pest control and extermination is the only viable option. When you have pets around, though, it’s important to consider any viable alternatives or natural substitutes in addition to the traditional methods. You may find that the traditional methods are your best option. However, you may also find a different method that might be worth a try that would prevent you from needing to take as many protective measures for your pet.