Using Pest Control Without Compromising Your Family’s Safety
Seeing a critter in your home is unsettling, to say the least, not to mention embarrassing and scary. Pests aren’t just a nuisance; they can be a health risk to the families and pets living in the home.
When it comes to thinking about pest control, however, people have mixed emotions. They want the pests gone now, but they also want to know they are doing it in a way that is safe for the adults, children, and pets living in a home.
At Tri-County Pest Control, we share the same concerns. As pest experts, we understand the health and safety risks that home invaders such as cockroaches, mice, and other pests create. As individuals with our own families and pets, we understand the concern behind every homeowner that calls us and asks if our treatments are safe for their families and pets.
How to Safely Treat For Household Pests
Avoid over the counter pest control supplies
It’s easy for the homeowner to think that a quick treatment with an over the counter pellet product or aerosol pest spray will solve their problem. Not only are these products typically ineffective, but they also pose serious health risks to the people and pets in the home.
Pellets pose the obvious risk of accidental ingestion by a pet or a child. They also leave a residue on the hands of the person who puts them out which may transfer to anything that person touches.
People so desperate to get rid of pests over apply aerosols and flood parts of the home with chemical treatment. This leaves chemicals on the surface that children and pets can come into contact with. Additionally, the homeowner isn’t applying them in the hidden areas behind walls and ceilings where the pests are living.
Let a professional find and eradicate the pests
Professional pest control companies have specialized equipment that lets them target very specific areas. They have the knowledge to know how much chemical to apply and use strategically measured amounts to ensure that the product being applied binds to the intended surface and is dry within 2-3 minutes. This increases safety for the people in the home, as it ensures that nothing is left behind that can be ingested or cause irritation.
Changes in Pest Control Over the Years
Regulations introduced in recent years have not only made professional pest control more effective but also much safer.
- Products available to pest control companies have changed considerably. New products are applied at very low-level dosages and are designed to bind to the surface so there is no airborne residue in the home or business.
- The percentage of active ingredients in numerous pest control products has been reduced to the minimum necessary amount. Some contain as little as .009% of the active ingredient, which means it would take a very large volume of the product to cause any adverse effects.
- New technologies allow chemicals to be applied in a much more controlled manner. The new equipment allows for strategic application to ensure the occupants of the home aren’t exposed to the product. Pest professionals are able to put the product inside roof voids, in wall cavities, and in other places where the pests live but that are inaccessible to the homeowner.
Ask the Right Questions
If you are considering a pest control company, it’s important to ask what chemicals they will be using. A reputable company should be using leading brands that conduct thorough and regular testing on their products.
Unfortunately, not all pest control companies put the safety of their clients first. Some opt to focus on profit, using cheaper pesticides in order to offer cheaper (but less safe) choices to their clients. Their price may be cheaper, but you will pay by compromising the safety of your family.
Request a safety data sheet
A reputable pest control company should provide safety data sheets on each pesticide they plan to use in your home. These sheets give you information about the chemical, application instructions, and any safety concerns.
The Tri-County Difference
At Tri-County, our number one priority is to keep your family safe while keeping your home pest-free. We take an integrated approach to pest control management: we don’t just get rid of the pests in your home, we identify the underlying problems. Our technicians conduct thorough inspections that identify and eliminate entry points into the home, and also identify favorable conditions that attract pests and help the homeowner alleviate or minimize them. Doing this allows us to treat the source of the issue, thus limiting the need for pesticide use.
Highly Trained Licensed Professionals
At Tri-County Pest Control we use targeted applications in pest “hot spots” in order to use the least amount possible with the greatest effect. These “hot spots” are typically in cracks and crevices, behind walls, and above ceilings in places inaccessible to anything other than the targeted pest. Our team purposely avoids places that people and pets have contact with whenever possible. If we need to treat areas the family is in, we use materials that dry quickly and are non-transferable once dry.
Eradicate the pests in your home safely and effectively
Pest control has made significant advances in equipment, applications, technologies, and safety regulations in recent years.
If you are concerned about the safety and well-being of your family, don’t risk over the counter or cheap pest control services. Call the experts at Tri-County to ensure your treatment is safe for the family but also effectively gets rid of the pests threatening your home. We will work with you to eliminate entry sources, treat affected areas, and provide guidance to help you get rid of your pest problems once and for all.Read More about Pest Prevention