No homeowner wants to share their living space with insects or rodents, but before you panic and start spraying the first thing you can grab when you come across signs of a pest invasion, think about the harmful effects that improper use of chemical treatments can leave behind. Though eliminating your undesired houseguests may be top priority for you, the application of pesticides isn’t something to rush into without carefully considering all the safety precautions that should be taken to protect you, your family and your pets. Below are some of the best practices for making sure your pest control is as effective as possible and handled appropriately without causing any unnecessary health risks.
Take Preventative Action Early
The first step in any kind of pest control effort should always be prevention. Without taking preventative steps you can’t expect to successfully keep pests away from your property. This includes removing or tightly sealing anything that a critter may be attracted to as food, water or shelter, closing off all access points into the home, disposing of clutter, applying an exterior barrier treatment, etc.
Don’t Overuse Pesticides
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and overdo it when you’re in the midst of attacking intruding vermin. Overusing pesticides is a common mistake that many people make, and it can be very dangerous to the well-being of any humans or animals nearby as well as toxic to the environment. Before liberally covering every nook and cranny with your over-the-counter pesticide, evaluate how much is really necessary for each particular situation.
Read Product Labels
It’s critical that time is taken to thoroughly read labels prior to using any chemical treatment. The safety warnings that come on all products are in place for good reason. Certain products are strictly meant for outdoor use and should not be applied anywhere inside, various chemicals should not be combined together, and you should stick only to treatments that are deemed suitable for the specific pest problem you are experiencing. The use of a product designed to treat a different kind of infestation may not give you any results in getting rid of your infestation and only lead to more costs instead.
Use Proper Disposal Methods
A big part of pest control safety is the proper disposal of pesticide containers and any materials that may be contaminated after application. This is usually considered hazardous waste and must be thrown away in the correct manner. It is also advised to never reuse a container for storing anything else, no matter how well you think you may have washed it out.
Hire a Pest Control Professional
Ultimately, hiring a trained professional is the safest thing you can do when implementing a pest control plan. An experienced technician will know how to accurately identify and treat a variety of pest issues using methods that are more effective in eradicating insects and rodents but are less harmful to the environment and won’t pollute the air you’re breathing.
Controlling pests can be a challenge, but the next time you encounter a need for pest control keep these safety practices in mind and don’t hesitate to call a professional for help.