When you have a pest problem, it’s natural to want to take action as quickly as possible. But before you reach for the pesticides, you should ask yourself whether they are safe for your children and pets. In this blog post, we will discuss the risks associated with using pest control chemicals and how to keep your family safe.
Risks Associated with Using Pest Control Chemicals
Pest control chemicals are designed to kill or repel pests. But they can also be harmful to humans and animals if used improperly. Here are some of the risks to consider:
1. Pesticides can cause health problems.
Exposure to pest control chemicals can cause a range of health problems, from skin irritation to more serious conditions like cancer. Children and pets are especially vulnerable because their bodies are still developing and they’re often closer to the ground where the chemicals can be found.
2. Pesticides can harm the environment.
Pest control chemicals can pollute the air, water, and soil. They can also kill beneficial insects like bees and butterflies. And when pest populations rebound after being sprayed, they can develop resistance to the chemicals, making them less effective over time.
3. Pesticides can be dangerous to apply.
If pest control chemicals are not used properly, they can be dangerous to the people applying them. Make sure you read and follow the instructions on the label carefully. If you’re hiring a pest control company, make sure they are licensed and insured.
How to Keep Your Family Safe from Pest Control Chemicals
If you decide to use pest control chemicals, there are some steps you can take to minimize the risks:
1. Choose products with care.
Read the labels of pest control products before you buy them. Look for products that are labeled “safe for children and pets” or “low toxicity.”
2. Apply pest control products properly.
Follow the instructions on the label carefully. Make sure you’re using the right amount of product and that you’re applying it in the right way. Don’t forget to ventilate the area where you’re using the pest control chemicals.
3. Keep pest control products out of reach.
Store pest control products in a safe place, out of reach of children and pets. Keep them in their original containers with the labels intact.
4. Dispose of pest control products properly.
Don’t pour pest control chemicals down the drain or put them in the garbage. Contact your local waste management company for advice on how to dispose of them properly.
By following these steps, you can help protect your family and the environment from pest control chemicals.
Here at ASAP Pest Control all products used are approved by the Department of Environmental Protection and are applied in the safest manor possible. We guarantee our products are safe for children and pets.