How Safe is Pest Control for Family Members and Pets?[ Go Back ]
The immediate answer to whether or not pest control is safe for everyone in your home is: No. There are, of course, some pre-qualifications for that statement, because not every pest control product is the same. Some are quite toxic, while others offer a green approach to dealing with pests.
Toxicity and Transfer
Toxicity is the biggest problem that people and pets face when it comes to pest control. Pesticides and other toxic substances have a wide array of methods by which they absorb into human and pet's bodies. Aerosols, which we breathe in, contact toxins that absorb through the skin, or ingestible toxins that we eat are all examples of how toxins transfer from a surface to your bodies.
The lesson here is not that we have to live with pests, but instead that careful consideration of the pest control methods that we use is necessary. This includes:
- The type of pesticides
- How we use pesticides
- Special features of the pesticides
- Where the pesticide usage occurs
Finding the Safe Way to Use Pesticides
The type of pesticide that you choose is important. There are generalized pesticides that destroy most everything that comes into contact with them. There are specialized pesticides that work with habits of a specific range of pests, which can include baits, such as ant bait or termite bait. Pesticides also come in different forms such as liquids, aerosols, dust, and granules. A primary concern is how we use pesticides, because of the effects of unintentional use. An example would be a pesticide dust that has been applied outdoors and is tracked indoors.
The first place to start when trying to find the safest but most effective pesticide is with the experts at Bug Out Service in Pensacola, who are familiar with green pest solutions. The first thing that they should consider is the type of pest involved. Those two elements - the professional and the type of pest - make a huge difference in how effective a pest management system is.
Pest Management and Prevention
The safest of all pest control programs is a program that focuses on prevention rather than just pest removal. A well-executed prevention program limits the amount of pesticides needed to keep your house and yard free of invasive pests.
Part of all good prevention programs begins with household chores. Keeping the inside of your home free of crumbs, open food containers, and other sources of interest for pests is a good first step. Keeping the outside of your home free of debris is another step in the right direction. Pests use debris as food and as shelter. If there is less to eat and fewer places to live, pests move on to greener pastures. A few good tips:
- Move garbage cans away from buildings.
- Rinse recyclables - even a tiny bit of food or drink left in a can or bottle can attract pests.
- Maintain pet flea control.
- Work with professionals who understand pest prevention.
If you use pesticides responsibly, the risk they pose to children and pets becomes decreased. There is a lot of truth in the saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." For more information on preventative measures, contact the pest control professionals at Bug Out Service of West Florida.