Is Pest Control Safe around Babies and Pets?

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How safe are pest control products

How Safe are Pest Control Products?

Finding a pest in your home is never a pleasant experience and it can have an impact on both your health and emotional wellbeing.  Ants on the kitchen work tops, mice behind the kitchen plinths, rats beneath the floorboards, squirrels in the loft.

These types of pest infestations are a common problem for residents of Enfield. It can be incredibly difficult to get rid of the pests once they’ve settled into your space.  To add to this, you, like many other people, could also be worried that using pest control products might not be safe, especially around babies or pets.

You need the answer to: “how safe are pest control products?”  In this article we will be looking at answering this very important question for you by looking at some of the safety features of pest control products as well as exploring the potential dangers of DIY pest control.

 The 6 Safety Features of Pest Control Product when used by a Professional

  1.  Regulated for Safety – Professional pest control products such as chemicals and rodenticides are subject to stringent health and safety regulations which should be followed in all instances, from how it is stored, applied and used. The application of the right dose is vital and a trained pest control technician will not use more rodenticides or chemicals than necessary to only be lethal for the targeted pest.
  2. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – IPM techniques focus on using the safest and least amount of chemicals necessary to get rid of your pest problem.  This also includes a risk assessment being completed as part of our initial survey.  The IPM strategy ensures pest control technicians adhere to the ‘Think Wildlife’. Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). Rodenticides are vital to prevent disease in both humans and animals, with trained professionals applying it safely while safeguarding your home, business and loved ones.
  3. Advancement in Technology – Technology is changing the way pests are managed, using strategies to increase efficiency, including CCTV, drainage surveys and products.
  4. Eco-Friendly Options – The use of heat methods to treat bed bugs and fleas, reduces the amount of chemical professional pest control technicians need to use. The use of traps for large rodents such as rats and squirrels further reduces the use of rodenticides.
  5. Preventative Measures – Pest control prevention can stop more serious problems down the line, such as fires from chewed cables, water leaks from chewed piping in your home or the spread of disease.
  6. Professional Expertise – Professional pest control companies, like Sparta, are experts in their knowledge of rodenticide and chemicals.  A professional pest control technician will know exactly how to handle the pest control product to make sure that it is not harmful to anyone who comes into contact with it apart from the targeted pests.Furthermore, as part of the risk assessment, a professional pest control technician will put precautionary measures in place to make sure that you and your family do not come into contact with the pest control products.  They will advise on how long to be out of your home for, if required.This is generally required for treatment of bed bugs, fleas and moths.  See our preparations documents for more detailed information.  A professional pest control technician can also advise you on steps you can take to prevent future infestations.

Potential Dangers of DIY Pest Control Products

  1. Lack of Proper Safety Measures – The most dangerous pest control products are those that can be purchased off the shelf and from online suppliers.  Without the skill and knowledge, you might neglect important precautions, increasing the risk of exposure to harmful substances to your baby or pets.
  2. Use of Harmful Chemicals – Many DIY pest control products contain chemicals that can be harmful to babies and pets if used incorrectly/wrong concentration levels.
  3. Lack of Knowledge Where to Apply – You might unknowingly use DIY pest control products in the wrong area of your home, putting your baby or pets at risk.  For example, you may spray an over the counter insecticide in or around an area where food is kept, which is very dangerous.
  4. Incorrect Pest Identification– You might not correctly identify the pest, leading to ineffective treatment with a chance of making your pest problem a bigger issue.  Adult mice are at times confused with baby rats, and require different treatments.
  5. Environmental Impact and Non Target / Secondary Poisoning – If used indiscriminately, the use of rodenticide and other chemicals can have a detrimental effect on local wildlife and ecosystems.  For example non-targeted and secondary poisoning of other animals like cats, dogs, foxes and birds.
  6. Waste of Time and Money – DIY solutions might end up being more costly in the long run if they fail to address the root cause of your pest problem.


So, to conclude: If you make use of a professional pest control company, like Sparta Pest Control, the treatment plan can be safely implemented without risk to babies or pets.  While it may appear to be cheaper and quicker to purchase a chemical or rodenticide and undertake treatment yourself, you are more likely to put your baby or pets at risk while simultaneously making your pest problem worse.

It is pretty common that customers often fail at attempts to reduce their pest issues because they have used the wrong product, or applied it incorrectly.  Pest control technicians are trained to identify the root cause of your pest issue and undertake the treatment using the best chemicals or traps available in a safe manner.

Most importantly, we will undertake a risk assessment, follow all health and safety guidance for the duration of the treatment.  This ensures that there is no risk to babies or pets while implementing an effective pest control treatment plan.  So, if you do have a pest problem in your Enfield home, be it bed bugs, rats, mice or other pests, please contact us now and be reassured that your family’s safety is paramount to us.


Sparta Pest Control

As a locally based family business, we are invested in providing high quality and effective pest control in your area, as it’s our area as well. We aim to protect your home and business the smart way. Most of our business is generated through recommendations from customers that have used our services before. Just take a peek at our Google reviews! We pride ourselves in supporting local businesses and we’re proud of the long standing working relationships we’ve built up over the years, with owners and employees in local restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, care homes and nurseries, making some friends along the way as well. We provide solutions to businesses, through removal and prevention of pests.

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