Professional Pest Control is Safe for Children and Pets
We’re often asked if pest control is safe. One frequent concern we encounter from San Antonio customers (mothers, in particular) is about the use of insecticides around children and pets. Especially with the rise of the “green” culture and natural parenting, lots of savvy moms want to know if the pest control chemicals we use could harm their most vulnerable loved ones. Here is what we tell them.
First, we use chemical and non-chemical methods of pest control. So we use exclusion methods to keep pests out of your home, and we use traps like glue boards to keep pests from entering.
When we do use chemicals, the label is the law at BUGCO. Our pest control technicians will advise you to keep your children and pets away from the chemicals we use until the chemicals have dried. This is approximately 30 minutes after the application. You can wait longer if you like, but we have found that to be the minimum time frame.
After the chemicals have dried, they are not likely to be absorbed through the skin if someone comes in contact with them. Remember, we have used these chemicals safely in homes for many years, and have serviced countless families who experienced no adverse effects.
As for your pets, many of the products that we use to control insects, both indoors and out, share the same active ingredients that are in common topical treatments for pets. We’re talking the same brands your veterinarian recommends, like Frontline Plus, PetArmor and Fibroguard flea medicine. These medicines are safe on your pet’s skin, therefore they will be safe for your pet when applied throughout the home. Again, following our directions is the key.
Pest Control Safety in Eliminating Mosquitoes
Our mosquito chemical is a little different. If we apply a mosquito mist in your yard, it should be effective at controlling the mosquito population without harming your pet. However, we never mist directly onto pets. The product used is fine on other surfaces, but it is not an appropriate topical treatment on your dog or cat’s skin.
Professional pest control is much safer for your family than do-it-yourself pest control. If you have questions or concerns, please call our office at 210-340-2847 or use the contact form to send us an email.