Pests and Pet Safety

Household pests aren’t just annoying, they can also adversely affect the health of your loved ones—and that includes your four legged friend. For everyone’s sake, it’s important to keep your lawn and home pest-free. While you have to be very careful to keep your environment both pest-free and also safe for your beloved pal, it’s not difficult if you follow some basic precautions.

Fleas and ticks

Dog scratching and flea treatment safety

As a pet owner, you might already be familiar with the fleas and ticks your pets bring home. These pests can also infest your property, particularly in the summer months, so it’s important to keep your surroundings as unattractive as possible to them.

Keep the lawn short at all times, and use lawn treatment if you have to. However, avoid Tetrachlovinphos, which is toxic to pests. The best time to perform a lawn treatment is just before fleas and ticks have a chance to hatch in summer.

Rodents

Mice

Rats and mice have the nasty habit of hiding in nooks and crannies, so they can be hard to coax out into the open. Keep sheds and yards free of clutter to remove convenient hiding places.

Rat poison is a common way to get rid of rodents, but it can also be highly hazardous to all pets. The poison quickly kills rats by thinning their blood. But beware—it will have the same effect on your pets, so keep all rat poison products well out of reach.

Dogs are more likely than cats to accidentally eat rat poison because it doesn’t contain meat and looks like grain. Cats eat only meat and are thus less likely to mistake poison for a tasty meal.

Place traps in places where your pets can’t get to them. A lockable trap is recommended to prevent wandering paws from getting into trouble. Behind large pieces of furniture are good spots because rodents like to stay hidden, but your dog can’t access that area.

Check for rodent carcasses every morning and remove them immediately, using gloves and bags to handle them. Dispose of them in a trash bin with a secure lid that pets are unable to unfasten.

Cockroaches

Cute puppy sleeping

Rather than an image of a gross roach, here’s a puppy. While not harmful to anyone, nobody wants to have them around because they are just plain nasty.

Cockroach traps are less toxic than rodent traps, but can still be dangerous if accidentally eaten, so be sure to place them in an area that’s inaccessible to your dog.

Ants

Ants

Ant traps are a common solution to ant infestations and commonly used indoors. The same rules apply when placing these traps—keep them out of reach. Ants are often found in pets’ food, so be cautious when trying to eradicate insects in those areas.

Ant killer compounds sometimes come in the form of granules, which can be mistaken for food, so put them in place when your pet isn’t around.

It’s advisable to disperse the granules evenly. Spreading the granules around instead of leaving a pile of them decreases the chances of their appearing attractive to unsuspecting, playing pups.

Storage

Cleaning sprays

While pest control products can certainly help you get your pest situation under control, they can be hazardous to your dog, so ensure any pest control products on your premises are stored in tightly-closed containers and placed out of harm’s way, preferably on a sturdy shelf too high for dogs to reach.

Keeping your pest control products in a locked shed or blocked-off garage is best. Never let children gain access to these products, as they shouldn’t be exposed to potentially harmful substances and might also accidentally forget to keep them out of reach of your pup.

Professional 

Sometimes we need to bring in the professionals to help us get rid of our pest problems. Any trained, professional pest control company will give your guidelines about their treatment methods and how to keep your pet safe. If your dog has issues with the mail carrier stopping by, then it may be best if Fido is somewhere else for the afternoon while the service is done.

Summary

To sum it up, having a pest free play area and a safe play area are not mutually exclusive. Different pests require different solutions, so pay attention to labeling and instructions. Most chemicals that are harmful to pests are also harmful to your dog. So it’s important to follow application instructions to a tee and store all pest control products carefully. This will keep your dog safe from exposure to dangerous substances.

About the Author

Phill Mackie Sydney Hotel

Phil Mackie is a caffeinated blogger who loves dogs and travel equally. When not outdoors or on an adventure, he’s doing marketing for the Sydney Hotel, Pier One Sydney Harbour.

2 Responses to "Pests and Pet Safety"

  1. Drew Carrejo  March 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Other safety measures recommended by the state include requiring shut-off switches on foggers, childproofing the activation button and rewriting the label to state “leave the premises,” instead of just “the area.”

    Reply
    • admin  March 24, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Drew! Good ideas! What is a fogger?

      Reply

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