Pest control is not just important, it’s necessary if your house or garden has a pest problem. But some homeowners with pets are cautious about hiring a pest control service because they’re worried that their pets might get harmed in the process. Here at Inoculand, we’re a pet-friendly pest control company, and we want to keep pets safe as much as you do. Read on for our guide to keeping pets safe during pest control.
Notify your pest controller
First things first, you must tell your pest controller that you have pets so that they can take the necessary precautions. It’s also pertinent that you explain what type of pet(s) you have and how many. Your pest controller will then give you the best advice for your particular circumstances and use pet-friendly pest control products if possible.
For example, due to the way amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish breathe, they are most sensitive to fumigation, and so they will need to be away from the house for a day or two. Mammals, on the other hand, are less sensitive, and therefore need only be away for a few hours (generally speaking). Your pest controller will answer any questions you have regarding your pet specifically.
Plan for pest control in advance
The best course of action is to remove your pets from your house during a pest control procedure, regardless of the type of pest problem you have. Therefore, you must plan where and how you’re going to take your pets while your house is being serviced. Can they stay with a friend for the day? Do you have a garage you can leave them in safely for a while? Do you need to use a kennel or pet-sitting service? These must all be considered before your pest controller arrives.
Cover their enclosure(s)
For some pets, it may not be practical to move them out of the house, for example, fish in tanks or reptiles in large enclosures. In this case, cover their enclosure in order to protect them. Use blankets and protective films to not only protect them from any chemicals that are being used but also to calm them down. Having strangers in your house and making noise may be distressing for your pets, and using thick blankets to create darkness can calm them down.
If you have a cat or a dog, we also advise covering or removing their sleeping area too. Chemicals or simply unfamiliar smells can cause distress to your four-legged friend.
Cover their food/water bowls and toys
While protecting your pets’ enclosures and beds is important, equally as important is protecting their ‘accessories’. By accessories we mean the other things they would use day-to-day, such as food and water bowls, their toys and blankets, even their leads. If possible, remove them from the area. If not, cover them or lock them in an uncontaminated cupboard, and be sure to clean them thoroughly after. Better to be safe than sorry!
Keep them away from traps
You may have a pest problem which requires the use of poison or physical traps to solve. If you have a pet that is susceptible to being lured by one of these traps, such as a gerbil or even a small dog or cat, then we advise you to be extremely vigilant for a long as you have traps in your house or garden. It may seem obvious to say, but pets have a funny way of getting into areas where they shouldn’t be, and the bait that is used to lure a pest may also attract the attention of your pet.
This is why at Inoculand, we place bait boxes around traps that are in exposed areas. Not only is this more efficient for catching pests, but it also makes the traps inaccessible to most pets.
For example, if you have a rat or fox problem in your garden and your pest controller lays traps, then we advise not letting your dog into the garden at all during this period.
Bonus: your pet may require pest control
If you require pest control services to take care of fleas or bed bugs and you have a furry or feathery pet, it’s likely that your pet will also have a pest problem (in fact, they may have caused the problem in your house to begin with!). Consult a vet immediately if there is a chance that your pet has fleas or even some kind of pest-related illness.
So there you have it, our simple guide to keeping pets safe during pest control. Your pest controller will take all the necessary precautions, but it’s far better if you as a pet owner know the steps needed to be taken during a pest control visit. If you own a pet and think you may have a pest problem, get in touch with Inoculand today to find out how we can help you. For more information on the services we provide, be sure to visit our services page.