Is Pest Control Safe for Kids and Pets?

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Eco-Friendly Pest Control That’s Safe for Your Home

If you’re a parent (whether your little ones are of the two-legged or four-legged variety), you’re probably very concerned with safety. We all know that pest treatment can be invasive to your home, but is it really dangerous for your loved ones? The answer to this is both yes and no, depending on which methods you choose to use. Professional pest control is much safer than DIY methods such as using DE (diatomaceous earth), vinegar, or bleach. DIY methods are often promoted as being healthier and less intensive, but the truth is that they are ineffective and introduce lung irritants into your living space. Meanwhile, professionals can safely use minimal amounts of chemicals to target specific pests.


Safe Pest Control is Not DIY Pest Control

Parents are often so busy that rather than acting preventatively to keep pest populations low, they end up having to react to a pest issue once it’s gotten serious. This is when acts of desperation occur. Parents are just trying to solve the problem quickly so that they can protect their children and get back to their normal lives. Ironically, this is when a lot of people make dangerous decisions.

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Common (and Problematic) DIY Methods

Diatomaceous earth is one of the most commonly cited methods for getting rid of insects naturally. Diatomaceous earth is a powder that’s made up of extremely tiny and very sharp pieces of fossilized ocean creatures. The sharp pieces block or damage the mucous membranes and breathing apparatuses of small insects, slowly killing them. For the same reason that this powder is an effective insect killer, it can also be dangerous to anyone with weak or compromised lungs, such as small children, elderly individuals, and those with asthma. DE is also dangerous if you have curious pets who’ll stick their noses into anything!

Vinegar and bleach are two other common DIY methods, though they’re also potential health hazards. Vinegar and bleach can volatilize into the air, and they both contain compounds that can burn your lungs. It may not feel like much to a healthy adult, but these compounds are particularly damaging for the sensitive populations mentioned above.

Pest control products that you buy over the counter are advertised as being more effective than DIY methods, but they’re still very ineffective in comparison to professional green pest control. Unless you know exactly which type of pest you’re dealing with, you’ll likely choose a broad-spectrum pesticide that contains a much higher level of noxious chemicals than you need. Environmentally responsible pest control carried out by a trained professional targets the right pests, resulting in the use of fewer chemicals overall.


The Safe Pest Control Choice for Your Family

Rather than testing your luck with DIY methods that you’ve read about on the internet, take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of a pest professional. A good professional will use environmentally friendly pest control methods that are much safer for you and your family. Before hiring a pest control company, be sure to confirm that they use safe and environmentally friendly methods

Find someone who’s studied the habits and life cycles of the pests that you’re trying to get rid of. They’ll be able to target the insects at the right time and use fewer harsh chemicals, while leaving most of your home and property untouched. Here at Home Pest Control, we’re knowledgeable about local pest life cycles and breeding habits here in South Carolina.

A pest control professional can correctly diagnose the insect issue that you’re suffering from and act accordingly. They’ll refrain from using any unnecessary chemicals. Additionally, pest professionals such as the specialists at Home Pest Control employ tried and true methods that can reach insects in hard to get to places that the average person can’t access.

A pest professional with proper training will always use best practices to make sure that your pest issue is completely solved. Home Pest Control ensures that non-target insect populations are not affected. The safety of your family is our number one priority.


Eco-Friendly Pest Control: Your Solution for a Healthy Home

We know that cleaning up after the kids can be tough: they have a habit of leaving trails of toys and food around the house. Keeping your home crumb-free when you’ve got children, pets, and a busy schedule can be challenging. That said, keeping your home tidy can help keep the pests at bay. Additionally, here are a few other pest prevention steps that you can take:

Don’t allow sources of standing water on your property! Make sure that you store all of your gardening implements under cover. If you don’t have indoor space for large objects such as wheelbarrows, store them upside down so that they don’t collect water.

Seal all cracks in windows and screens so that insects aren’t granted easy access into your living space. Store food in airtight containers, and don’t let fruits on the counter get too ripe before you transfer them to the fridge.

During the warm summer months, you may end up with a pest issue regardless of how many preventative steps you take. Trying to get rid of a pest problem without help will be frustrating, and probably ineffective. Save yourself time and money by calling a pest control professional rather than tackling the issue yourself.

Home Pest Control is a cost effective way to keep your home safe from unwanted pest populations. Our number one priority is the health of your family and the environment. If there are any pests making themselves comfortable in your home, get in touch with us today.

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Written By: Home Pest

March 12, 2019

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