With summer fast approaching, all sorts of pests are coming out of the woodwork and trying to get into the house. Yes, we want the pests gone, but not at the expense of our pets. What are the best products for pet safe pest control?
Keeping Pests Out of the House
The surest method of pet safe pest control is keeping them out of the house, period. Mice, ants and roaches get inside to look for food.
Store all food in airtight containers. Clean up crumbs and vacuum frequently. Ensure garbage cans are tightly covered. Eliminate clutter from the garage.
Seal access points such as holes in screens. Caulk cracks in walls and fill any holes larger than 1/4 inch with cement, steel wool or metal.
Know The Pest You’re Fighting
To effectively combat pests, learn their habits, life cycle, likes and dislikes to determine the best way to get rid of them.
Least Toxic Pesticides
Before using any pesticide product, reach the directions thoroughly to minimize risks to pets. Even though product labels may state it’s natural, if you have any questions, check with your vet before using the product. Remove all pet food and water bowls, toys and bedding before applying pesticides.
For products used inside, ensure it’s completely dry before allowing your pet into that area. Keep the treated area well ventilated while product is drying. When using outdoor pesticides, avoid the treated area for 24 hours until it dries completely.
Some pet safe pest control substances include boric acid, gel baits and diatomaceous earth. These are applied to cracks and crevices that pets can’t access, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Signs of Poisoning
One of the biggest poisoning dangers to cats is their exposure to flea and tick preventative intended for dogs. These products contain an insecticide that is very dangerous for cats.
Common signs of pest control poisoning include drooling, seizures, vomiting and diarrhea. Even if you haven’t treated your home with insecticides, secondary poisoning (pet ingests pest that has been exposed to poison) is possible weeks later.
If your cat has these symptoms and you think he’s ingested insecticide, take him to your vet or emergency clinic immediately. Keep any packaging and take it with you when seeking treatment for your cat.
If you would like more information regarding pet safe pest control, here are some available resources:
- National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
- Beyond Pesticides
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435
Source: Catnip Newsletter (tuftscatnip.com)