Is Pest Control Safe For Babies?
May 12th, 2017 by Mike MacDonald in Pest Control Services
Do you have children at home and pest issues, but are concerned to get your home treated? Well today’s post we answer the common question of “is pest control safe for babies and children?”
Most pest issues start outside of the home
For the most part, pest issues originate from outside of the home. Interior pest issues are typically a product of time and opportunities for the pests to make their way inside. Properly sealing your home and focusing on exclusion, (sealing cracks and crevices, and entry points for pests), can have a large impact on reducing pest activity without even using any type of product treatments.
In addition to properly using exclusion to prevent pest issues, a typical pest control service will treat the outside of the home to eliminate the majority of the issues you would have with pests. When a pest control service treats the outside of the home, it creates a barrier of product that can keep pests out and also kill the ones that do get inside as they pass through the barrier.
In these cases a when a pest control service is treating the outside of the home, there typically isn’t much need for concern if you have children and makes this type of pest control safe for babies and children.
Of course, you shouldn’t let your children play in treated areas outside the home immediately after a treatment as products that are used outside of the home to treat pests are usually more potent than those used inside your home. Give ample time for the products to dry that are applied around your home before letting your children play around treated areas, but after drying time it should be safe with most products typically used in residential settings. If there are any additional restrictions related to a product used beyond allowing them to dry, your pest control company can advise you on those recommendations as well as work with you to determine the best product for both your pest and safety needs.
If you are extra concerned, you can simply keep your kids away from treated areas outside your home, but again after ample drying time it should be safe either way with most products.
The type of pest control you choose can make it even safer for babies and children
There are several options of pest control you can use that are especially safe for babies and children. Some pest control companies will have botanical or organic pest control options that are bio degradable providing safer options than the over-the-counter pest control you can buy at the store.
Another option is to use bait traps for catching pests. The great thing about bait traps is that they can be placed out of reach of children in addition to bait being secured inside of tamper resistant stations. There are also options of bait traps where they are sealed to the point of only the pests being able to get in. With the combo of putting them out of reach and being too small for children to access the pest control product, it makes bait traps a good option of pest control that’s safe for children.
Placement of the pest control products creates another pest control option that’s safe for children
Outside of bait traps, which can be placed out of reach from children, other pest control options can be placed safely to avoid harm to babies and children. When pest issues are being treated inside of your home a pest control service will not need to simply spray products randomly in hopes of treating an issue.
Products are specifically placed to treat pest issues and almost always end up being in areas your kids wouldn’t get to anyway. For example, often when treating inside the home, a pest control service could spray product into crack and cervices in walls and in wall voids.
In this case, rarely would your children be able to get into tiny cracks in your walls. Of course, you should give a room that has been treated a few hours to air out and let the products dry, but beyond that, once the product has dried, the room should be safe for children.
Also, in general, pest control products that are used inside the home are relatively less intense than those used outside of the home. Products used outside the home have to be of higher potency because they are exposed to more elements like sun, wind, and rain, etc.
Overall there are several pest control options that are safe for children and if you do have specific concerns simply talk with your pest control service providers and you should be able to figure out a solution that you feel comfortable with for you and your family.
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