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Tips for keeping your pets safe during pest control service

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

When pests such as mice, spiders, ants, and crickets invade homes across Maryland, DC, and northern Virginia, homeowners call on American Pest, a longtime pest control MD, to help them get rid of these uninvited invaders quickly.

In order for our exterminators to do their job efficiently and effectively, prior to their arrival, you may be asked to prepare some areas of your home, such as removing all items from under sinks, pantry shelves and cupboards, and pulling furniture and other things away from baseboards.

One thing you might forget to mention in your frenzy of scheduling your pest control service is that you have pets and on the morning of your scheduled service, you're in a panic wondering; Will Rover, Tweety and your lovable friends be safe?

With American, the answer is yes, but here are a few things to remember to keep your pets safe during pest control services:

Tell your exterminator

We understand that an unexpected pest problem can be stressful and that you may forget to mention the large number of pets; don’t worry, we will ask.

Fortunately, most pest control techniques we use are safe for homes with pets, but if at all possible you should take a few minutes to talk to our pest control professional about the pets in your home, where they will be when they arrive and any special precautions that may be required You have to take them after they leave.

Containing your pets

Like children, pets are curious and can be overcome by the need to check out new sounds and smells in their home, and as "man's best friend", they may take a minute to make the friends with our professionals.

Don't be fooled, we love your pets, but their curiosity can bring them quite close to the materials we use during our pest control services.

It's best to keep your four-legged friends in a kennel or pet carrier. If one isn't available, lock it down in an area of ​​your home that isn't scheduled for service, such as the garage, basement, or bedroom.

Although most treatment solutions for common household pets are limited to the target areas where the pests reside (i.e. behind baseboards, wall voids, and under countertops), treating fleas and bed bugs will require special pet attention as well as preparation.

People usually take a lot of care to keep children safe during pest control treatment at home. However, the same level of attention may not extend to pets such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, etc. Some may just forget to pay attention to these little creatures while others are unaware of the dangers involved.

In fact, most pest control treatments do not affect pets and are considered safe, but a few may end up being harmful. Furthermore, pets like cats and dogs use their noses to explore everything and can easily end up inhaling, sucking or swallowing pesticides. Although the toxic concentration is very low, it can have harmful effects in the long run. Especially during spray treatment, animals can inhale or even absorb the insecticide through their skin.

Will pest control hurt my dog?

While insecticides really do have their benefits, these chemicals can also be harmful to your dogs. If pesticides are dangerous to human health, they are even more dangerous to dogs. Studies have shown that the chemical pesticides can cause cancer, nerve damage, birth defects, and other long-term effects in dogs.

How long is pet bug spray for?

Just give the products time to dry before allowing your cats and dogs freedom on the treated areas (about 30 minutes to an hour for external treatments and 2-3 hours for indoor treatments).

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