When it comes to your pet’s health and safety, we know you don’t mess around. We know you love your pets because we love ours, too! Our animals rely on us to protect them—and that’s something we take very, very seriously.
Pest control can absolutely be both effective and pet-friendly. We accomplish this by making sure we’re all on the same page and are working together to create the safest environment for your pets. To get the ball rolling, let’s take a look at three of the most crucial questions we get regarding pets and pest control:
1. Is pest control harmful to my pets?
On one hand, obviously, neither our animals nor us should trot around purposely ingesting pest control products. Fortunately, pest professionals carefully choose and mix products into certain ratios. While our formulated treatments are very effective against teeny-tiny unwanted critters, they’re pretty benign to us mammalian folks. Reptiles and other creatures have different sensitivities, so we’ve carefully crafted our policies to prioritize their safety (more on that in the next section!).
Now, what if we told you that the right kind of pest control is not only safety-oriented, but actually helpful to your pets?
It’s true—insects can be dangerous both for us and for our various four-legged friends. Bugs can carry allergens, transmit diseases, and even use your pets as a food source (think: fleas and ticks). Regular pest control keeps your pets free and clear from infestations and possible infections.
2. Does my pet need to leave during or after treatment?
The answer to this question depends on two factors: the type of pet and the type of treatment.
Generally speaking, the short answer is no for mammals. Your furry friends do not need to leave completely. Just give the products time to dry before letting your cats and dogs have free rein through the treated areas (about 30 minutes to an hour for outside treatments and 2-3 hours for inside treatments).
Reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish breathe differently than we do and have more sensitive immune systems than mammals, so aerosol products have a greater effect on them. If we’re treating indoors, these pets should be out of the home for 24 hours or placed in an untreated room with it’s own ventilation system. If you’re getting an exterior treatment, just keep these pets inside.
Of course, every home, property, and pet is unique, so we will customize your treatment plan with you to keep everyone healthy, comfortable, and bug-free.
3. Do I need to tell my field expert about my pets?
Yes, please do! Our top priority is protecting your loved ones— unquestionably including your pets. Let us know whenever you get a new pet so we can add them to your customer profile. Every office care representative and field expert helping you care for your home will know all about your animal buddies, bringing you some much-deserved peace of mind.
If you have any questions about pets and pest control, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We love animals and are passionate about doing our part to give the best possible care and protection to every member of the Moxie family—even the furry ones!
Sources: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/petspest.pdf https://www.petsafe.net/learn/10-ways-to-prevent-pests-naturally https://www.americanpest.net/blog/post/tips-to-keep-your-pets-safe-during-pest-control-services