Is pest control safe for your pets? The answer is in most cases is Yes, but it depends highly upon the quality of the pest control company you choose.
Read on to learn more or call our teams for the pet-friendliest pest control in all of Western PA!
For all pet owners, whether their charges are dogs, cats birds, fish, turtles, reptiles or edgy insects, their animals are their children, albeit their leg count is either higher or none at all.
Some may be furry and others more creepy crawly, but for all pets, their parents are always concerned for their heath and well being.
This is especially so when homes are being treated for a pest infestation.
The toxic concentration level of modern pesticides are considered safer than they were in the past, but they can still be harmful to dogs and cats particularly, because they can be ingested and absorbed via the pores in their skin as well as inhaled.
A pesticide is defined as any substance that kills, repels, or controls certain forms of plant or animal life that are considered to be pests.
These include: herbicides for destroying weeds and other unwanted vegetation, insecticides to eliminate a wide variety of unpleasant insects, fungicides to prevent the growth of molds and mildew, disinfectants for inhibiting the spread of bacteria and potent compounds for controlling rodent populations.
Despite the fact that pets are not usually significantly affected by pest control treatments, they can still be harmed to a certain extent.
The most dangerous for dogs are: carbamate insecticides, which cause overstimulation of the nervous system; d-Limonene, which is known to damage the liver or cause it to fail; Methoxychlor, which can cause tremors, convulsions and seizures in dogs and pyrethrins or pyrethroids to which cats and fish particularly, can be very sensitive.
Home owners must protect their pets from insects, the diseases many of them carry and from the dangerous poisons and chemicals so often used in pest control.
In the case of Pestco, our Green Shield Certified X-Termi Green initiative provides effective pest control without the unnecessary employment of pesticides.
Their goal is to offer eco-sensitive strategies and solutions to permanently eliminate pest populations.
How Can Home Owners Protect Their Pets During Treatments?
The following represent some helpful tips in how to protect beloved pets while ones are being treated for an infestation.
Carefully Research Pest Control and Pest Maintenance Companies
Make sure the chosen exterminator uses only those products that are pet safe.
Ask for and check references, and research the pesticides and strategies they will be using. You must advocate for your pets, as they cannot speak for themselves.
Speak Directly To The Technician
Homeowners must notify pest-control and pest maintenance specialists about their pets when they are discussing treatment options.
There are pet friendly strategies available, and any technician can answer all questions about them.
Double check with the veterinarian before the technicians arrive to make sure all safeguards have been considered.
Do It Yourself Treatments Should Be Avoided When Pets Are Concerned
It’s best to hire a professional pest control service company if an infestation has taken hold in a residence, as they can ensure the safety of pets based on their experience and expertise.
It is ultimately better to be safe rather than sorry.
Remove Pets From Treatment Area
If the exterior of the home is being treated, keep pets indoors, and outdoors if the opposite is true.
To protect birds and fish, cover their cages and tanks with a sheet or towel to prevent the ingress of airborne particles or vapors.
Confine pets to untreated areas for 1 to 2 hours after treatment, giving the pesticide time to dry. When wet, it cane harmful.
Also, ventilate rooms thoroughly before allowing pets to return.
Do It Yourself Vs Professional Pest Control and Pest Management
It is understandable that the average Pittsburgh homeowner would want to save money and attempt to solve pest problems him our herself without incurring the costs of professionals.
If the issue is an occasional bee or a cluster of ants that may have wormed their way inside your home, do-it-yourself products can certainly take care of that problem.
There are a multitude of options available, including sprays, traps and diatomaceous earth, a natural “insect dust,” made from the microscopic fossilized remains of tiny aquatic animals that kills ants, roaches, fleas and bed bugs, via dehydration, but none have the power to get to the root of the problem and eradicate a significant infestation.
Store bought sprays are also costly and the immediate situation may require more than one can.
In the long run, a Pittsburgh home owner may end up spending more upfront than they would with a professional pest-control and pest-management company.
They will not only attack the pests that are visible, but also the ones that are hidden from view.
When shopping for pesticides, always check the labels on products and only use those that specifically state they are safe for use around pets.
Never deviate from instructions, as these products are only safe after they have dried or when diluted.
There are pest control product options available that contain no chemicals at all. Instead, they rely on stickiness, pheromones, sound-waves or electricity to kill insects.
These include: insect paper or tape, mosquito zappers, pheromone traps, and ultrasonic bug repellents.
They can help and are safe for the environment, but they are useless when it comes to combatting a significant infestation.
The ultimate problem with pest control and pest-maintenance concerns the fact that most insect pests reproduce very rapidly.
Cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, ants, gnats and fruit flies can easily multiply almost to the point of no return unless they are stopped with very specific and aggressive measures.
Action must be taken fast, as insects spread filth and disease in addition to ruining the hard earned reputations of many a commercial enterprise.
All of our insect control and management programs include skillful monitoring and the careful application of approved insecticides.
Pittsburgh’s Best Pet Friendly Pest Control Services
It all began during the turbulent years of World War II with the American dream of a Lithuanian immigrant named Milton Zlotnik, who first learned about pest control while serving in the United States Army.
In 1946, he became the first distributor for his brother-in-law, Bob Surloff, who invented the world’s first fan-operated air freshener dispenser, which was named Air Scent.
While doing this job, he realized that additional services besides air fresheners might fit in well with standard company operations.
In 1948, he established Pestco Professional Services and the rest is history, as it has been owned and operated by the same family ever since.
Located on Alpha Drive RIDC Industrial Park, the city of Pittsburgh has always been at the center of our operations, although today our commercial and industrial services extend throughout Western Pennsylvania and other environs.
Our friendly and supportive staff help all customers through the process of dealing with a pest infestation, which can be both harrowing and time consuming.
Our emphasis on any insect or rodent control initiative is always geared towards prevention.
Our mission over the course of the years has remained the same; namely, to provide experienced, responsive and uncompromising pest-control and pest-management services to all of its loyal customers.
If you are plagued with a pest infestation of any kind, call our teams at Pestco today and rest easy that they will handle matters with all the loving care they would extend to their own homes and their own beloved pets!
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