In the worst case scenarios, there are accidental poisonings that arise out of pest control treatment. None are classified as crimes. However, they mostly result from human negligence. As the level of awareness regarding pest control rises, it is imperative that effective safety measures are taking during your treatment.There are a wide variety of pesticides. Termiticides are used for termite control, larvicides for controlling fly larva and mosquitoes. Fumigants are used when strong pest control fungicides, and rodenticides.
Choose the right pesticides
Before deciding on when to have your property sprayed by your pest company, identify the pests that are causing you trouble. You can hire a professional pest control operator who is trained in the identification of insects and pests alongside other remedial treatments. Once you have identified these pests, choose pesticides that work best within your home. Always insist on those offering non-chemical control measures. If that option is not available, go with the least toxic pesticide alternative available on the market. When used over a long period, pesticides become more harmful than the pests that afflict them.
Effect of pesticides on the environment
Pest control is carried out using different types of pesticides. Some eliminate the pests then break down into non-harmful residue. On the other hand, there are those whose harmful effects persist for months and years after application. For instance, the surface sprays or termite treatments.
Most pesticides are designed to kill the pest being targeted. However, there are also other animals that are exposed to harm’s way. For instance, a cat that consumes a rat exposed to rat poison may lose its life. The pesticide you select must be carefully labeled.
Any family member who is allergic or sensitive to pesticides or their smell must consult their physician before the chemicals are applied in their home.
Preparation procedure before pest control treatments
Begin by opening all the curtains and closely shutting the windows. Close all external doors but leave the internal ones open. No pet should remain inside the house. All fish tanks and bowls must be covered with impermeable sheets. Your children’s toys must be removed from the areas undergoing treatment. Ensure that your baby’s bed remains covered. All exposed foods must be placed inside a closely shut refrigerator. All kitchen counters where food is prepared must be thoroughly washed after the treatment. Leave the house tightly shut for 3 hours after the treatment is applied. After which, aerate the place by opening all doors and windows for a minimum of 4 hours. Thoroughly wash and clean all kitchen utensils as a precaution.
General pest control precautions
Avoid eating or smoking when the pest control is being carried out. All pets must be relocated outside for their own safety. Hen is spraying your pesticides, aim the spray on at the floor and wall junctions. If you spray in a cumbersome method, you might expose others to the danger of inhaling the chemicals. If you can afford to hire a pest control expert – feel free to do so.