Pest Control Safety

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Pest control may be necessary if you need to get rid of plants, animals or other organisms that could be interfering with your life or hazardous to health in some way. Pests usually cause some type of damage or interruption to everyday life including destroying plants including crops, buildings or risk health. For this reason lots of people turn to pest control to enable them to resume everyday life without further risk to their health, wealth or property. Although it’s tempting to get right on in there with the strongest chemicals you can find to solve the problem, it can be dangerous.  This is why pest control safety is something that anyone embarking on pest control themselves should be aware of.

Prevention should be the first step

mouseIf you have an issue with pests the first thing you should do is put preventative measures in order. An example of this would be if you have rats, mice or other animals getting into or near to your property. The best way to put them off is to ensure you do not leave food around that they may be able to sustain themselves on. Use containers for left-over food and opt for bins that have covers that pests cannot infiltrate.  If you have pets try not to leave their food out overnight where possible.

Remember that if you have cluttered area it can be a great place for them to breed be it germs, animals or insects. For this reason you should ensure you don’t let any water accumulate which could mean fixing any plumbing that leaks and emptying any water from your refrigerator tray.

If there are cracks and holes that pests are entering through ensure you close these off by re-plastering if necessary. You can fill up space around pips that cannot be plastered by using wire mesh and/or wire wool.

Chemical defence

Chemicals are often the most effective way to get rid of pests but although they are effective against pests they can also do harm to humans so should never be placed anywhere near food, children or pets and out of reach unless being used by a competent adult. There are however lower risk pesticides but these should still be used with caution. Try and use pesticides that are already mixed which reduces the chance of you breathing in fumes and where possible treat specific areas rather than whole rooms. If you need to treat a whole room or building you should clear it of humans and pets for as long as the instructions on packaging instruct.

Never ever use more than instructed, more is not necessarily better and could in fact be dangerous to you, pets and the environment. Ensure you read instructions thoroughly before use.

Disposal of pesticides

You should not hold onto pesticides for longer than needed and usually need to get rid of them separate to household waste. To dispose of pesticides get in touch with your local council or authority to see whether they will collect containers and pesticides.