Pet Safe Pest Control
Pet safe pest control is a popular concern in the United States, with over 70% of households in the country owning domestic animals. As a local business that has treated countless homes, we know how much your pets mean to you. And that’s why we do our utmost to keep your entire family safe, including your furry, feathery, and finny friends.
How OMNIS Practices Pet Safe Pest Control
Keeping your family safe is our top priority, and that includes your pets. Thanks to a large number of safety precautions, pest targeting, and product safety testing throughout the industry, it’s never been safer to treat your home for unwanted insects and wildlife.
Residential pest products contain detailed manufacturer guidelines. These instructions explain how much pesticide can be used, as well as which precautions to take. Consequently, we apply all our products strictly according to their labeled instructions. The most important pet-safe pest control precaution is to let products dry before exposure to pets. In most cases, this takes 20 minutes for indoor applications and 30-45 minutes for outdoor treatments.
In addition, our rodent bait stations contain metal rods to protect them from dogs. Provided your canines don’t chew their way through the stations, your canines are safe from the danger these traps pose to rodents.
Pest Control Is Helpful to Pets
Unwanted insects and wildlife can be harmful to pets. Allergen-carrying insects can transmit and cause disease, while wild animals can bite, fight, and injure your pets. As a result, implementing pet-safe pest control can be one of the best things to protect the health of your animals.
Pests That Are Particularly Dangerous to Pets
While everyone is aware of the nuisance that fleas can pose for dogs and cats, there are other pests that your domestic animals should avoid. They include:
- Mosquitoes–Not only do these bloodsuckers cause itching and irritation, but they can carry and transmit heartworm.
- Venomous spiders and bees–Spiders can cause neuromuscular damage to pets, while bees can trigger allergic reactions, pain, and swelling.
- Cockroaches–Cockroaches love pet food. While invading your animal’s food bowls, they can also transmit bacterial and viral infections.
- Ants–Ant bites cause tremendous irritation to an animal’s skin and can even inhibit your pets from eating, especially when they get bitten at their food bowls.
- Mice and Rats–Ingesting rodents can be incredibly harmful to pets since many mice and rats carry parasites like roundworms. Worst of all, rodents that have ingested bait poisons can also poison your pets.
- Raccoons–Although these critters may look cute, they have a nasty history of attacking cats and dogs. Furthermore, raccoons can transmit rabies, a public health threat to both humans and pets.
In short, one of the best ways to ensure the safety of your animals is to invest in pet-safe pest control.
Prepping Your Home for Pet Safe Pest Control
The better prepared you are for a pest control treatment, the easier it will be for you and your pets. Take a look at these simple steps for making your pest management visit simple, easy, and stress-free for your four-legged friends.
Communication Is Key with Pet Safe Pest Control
First and foremost, tell us about your animal family before we arrive. Explain how many and what kinds of domestic animals you have. This will get your pest-safe pest control off on the right start. Our technician takes every precaution to ensure the right creatures are driven from your home while your feathered, finny, and furry friends stay protected.
Keep Your Pets Contained During Treatment
Whether your pest prevention involves spraying for insects or trapping wildlife, it helps to contain your pets during the process. Ideally, you should keep your pet in an area that does not require treatment for pests. Typically, pest control products take between 30 and 45 minutes to dry. By putting your pets in a carrier or kennel, our technician can access your property while keeping your animals safe.
During Treatment, Remove Food and Water Sources
To ensure pet safe pest control, it’s wise to take up food and water supplies while our technician is on the scene. That way, their nourishment won’t be contaminated, and you can rest easy about practicing pet-safe pest control.
Stow Away Your Animal’s Possessions for Pet Safe Pest Control
Most pets have close contact with certain possessions. Place food dishes, bedding, toys, and litter boxes into closed cabinets while your property is being treated for unwanted creatures. It’s an added measure of safety that brings peace of mind.
Pet Safe Pest Control with Aquariums
Find out what treatment our pest technician plans to use for your particular problem. If chemicals are involved and you have aquarium-bound reptiles and fish, special precautions are needed. It’s best to cover such a container with a towel or sheet when the treatment is in process. In addition, you should turn off pumps that can suck airborne chemicals into the water.
Protecting Your Pet Birds
Birds can be especially sensitive to the scents associated with pest control, due to their highly attuned respiratory systems. Therefore, it’s a good idea to cover their cages with a sheet or towel, then remove the birdcage to a part of the home until the pest treatment is complete.
Why Natural DIY Pest Control May Not Be Safe for Your Pets
A pest control product made with natural ingredients doesn’t mean it is safe for pets. For instance, while boric acid kills insects like cockroaches and ants, it’s also highly poisonous to dogs and cats.
In addition, garlic is often touted as a natural insect repellent. Not only is garlic remarkably ineffective in driving away pests, but it’s also dangerous for dogs and cats to ingest. So use garlic generously in your own recipes, but don’t spread it around as a pest deterrent, especially if you have domestic animals.
Similarly, essential oils promoted as natural pest control options can be toxic to pets. Tea tree oil, in particular, can pose tremendous health problems for domestic animals. So when treating your home for unwanted insects or wildlife, it’s best to go with a professional pet-safe pest control company.
When using pesticides:
- Always read the label directions thoroughly before use. Be precise with the recommended amount. Pesticides are powerful and it’s best to use the least amount possible for the health and safety of everyone involved.
- Contain and remove all pets from the area before application.
- Remove all pet toys, food bowls, bedding, and recreational devices before application.
- Keep pets away from treated areas until the pesticide is fully dried and ventilated.
- Cover tanks and aquariums to prevent vapor contamination.
- Turn off aquarium pumps during application.
When using traps:
- Place baits in areas where your pets cannot reach them.
- Put buried baits in places that are inaccessible to your pets.
- Use bait products with low potential for secondary poisoning. Pets can be harmed by eating poisoned prey.