Nobody likes to wake up to a trail of ants marching across the breakfast nook table. You want those insects out of your house as soon as possible – but don’t forget about your pets. There are some pest control solutions that deal with chemicals that can be harmful to your pets.
Many pest control companies rely on one-size-fits-all solutions to rid your home of insects, mice, and other creepy crawlies. Pets come in all shapes and sizes – some of those solutions could be harmful to your little family member. It’s important to know exactly what you’ll be bringing into your home and how it will affect your pets.
It’s just one of the reasons The Bug Man does a thorough investigation of your home and grounds during an initial visit. We want to take everything into account when we devise a plan to rid your home of those pesky ants (and other unwanted guests).
In the event we use traps, sprays, or baits that could be harmful to your pets, we will recommend ways to keep your animals safe. Some of our methods will have no effect whatsoever on your pets. Others may require to keep them away from the area for an amount of time.
Either way, we’ll let you know. After all, we just want to get rid of the animals that don’t belong in your home.
Pet Food Storage
Many times, pests are drawn to the food you leave out for your pet. If your pet has the will power to eat only what it needs, maybe you fill the bowl until it’s gone a few days later. Or perhaps you leave the bag of food on the floor of a pantry and just take what you need during meal time.
In both cases, mice will seek out this food for an easy meal. Consider feeding your animals one meal at a time and transferring big bags of food to a large Tupperware container or kitchen garbage can with a lid. Consider taking these actions with your food, too. Thin cardboard boxes are no match for mice.
These simple steps take away easy meals from mice in addition to insects. While Fido may be miffed that his feeding schedule has been slightly altered, he’ll be happy he doesn’t have to share his food anymore.
If you have a bird or fish or gerbil or snake, you may think they will be safe from our services. Because they are confined to their cage, tank, or terrarium, they won’t be able to get out and get into any traps, baits, or pesticides we use. And while that is true in most cases, you should still take some precautions.
As we’ve said before, our pest control is very focused. We don’t just treat everywhere just because. However, during our treatments, it is a good idea to cover tanks and cages with a towel to provide protection for your furry, feathery, or scaly friends.
Still worried? Talk to you veterinarian about any potential reactions your pet may have to our treatments. We can give you the name of our products or chemicals we’ll be using during our visit so you can double-check any issues. While aquariums are easy enough to safeguard, you may have to move your other confined pets to a location in the house not be treated.
Nothing to Worry About
In some cases, changes on the exterior of the home are all that are needed to control pests. If it’s been a while since you’ve picked up the pruners, there may be some shrubbery growing too close to the home. A simple hour of work on your end may be all that is required – and your pets are none the wiser.
Overgrown trees that are coming into contact with the siding or roof may also be providing pests with easy access. In these cases, we recommend cutting back all foliage that may be providing cover to pests. You may consider calling an arborist to safely (for your house and the tree) prune the tree in question.
In other cases, we may detect some openings in the exterior of the home that need closing. No matter if it’s some expanding foam around exterior plumbing, caulking holes in the siding, or adding screens around larger holes, all of these solutions pose no threat to your pets.
As a pet owner, you want to make sure your four-legged family members are safe if chemicals will be present during pest control. Make sure the company understands you have pets and what you can do to keep them safe.
The Bug Man has very specific methods, tailored to each and every job we do. That includes homes that have pets. We will recommend steps to keep your pets out of the way while we work and how to keep them safe in cases chemicals are used. We’ve been working in the Portland-Vancouver area for 30 years – we know how to keep your furry family members safe.