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Is pest control safe for kids and pets?

Jul 5, 2022

If you have children or pets, then naturally your first instinct when considering pest control options is to protect the safety of your cherished family members. While some DIY pest control options are thought of being safest to use around children and pets, these tend to be ineffective when compared to professional pest control service. Continuing to house pest problems while waiting for a DIY treatment to work can also expose your children and/or pets to unnecessary health risks, so working with a professional can often be the safest approach for your household.

How to ensure that your pest control options are safe for your children and pets:

Wait the recommended length of time before allowing children and pets to re-enter treated areas.

When you have an area of your home treated for pest problems, whether you apply your own, DIY pest control solutions or you hire a professional technician to safely and effectively service your home, it is important to find out the minimum length of time the area should be avoided for the safety of all members of your household. If possible, try to steer clear of these areas for as long as possible–even longer than the minimum recommended length of time required for the products used to dry and dissipate.


Pay special attention to sensitive, high-traffic areas that need extra safety precautions.

If you are having your home professionally treated by a licensed pest control service provider, then remember to tell him or her which areas are used most frequently by your children and pets, such as playrooms, kennel areas, sleeping areas, and food storage areas. This will allow your technician to use treatments in the safest, most effective manner. If you are doing your own pest control treatments, take extra care when treating areas that your most sensitive family members use most often. Fully read and research all instructions and precautionary information before applying any products, and follow all protocol with precision in order to ensure your loved ones’ safety.

Use preventive measures to help minimize the amount of pest control treatments needed and decrease the likelihood of pest infestations.

Manage your pest issues in as proactive of a manner as possible, whether working with professionals to ensure your home stays pest-free or doing your own pest control maintenance and prevention. Using preventive pest control measures and keeping a close eye on your property–even in the nooks and crannies where pests tend to lurk–can go a long way toward reducing your need for more extensive (and potentially risky to children and pets) pest control treatments. Plus, it’s always best to prevent pests before they infest, to spare yourself and your loved ones the many serious health risks posed by pest infestations.


To learn more about how we can evaluate your home for optimal pest control, as well as how we can treat any existing pest issues and prevent future pest problems, contact West Termite, Pest & Lawn today.


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