Whether you are new or an experienced pet owner, getting the facts about pet safe rodent control is essential. Did you know that 70% of owners acquired animals between the beginning of the pandemic and now? With that many new furry friends out there, we want to ensure you understand how to keep your loved ones safe when calling in the professionals for pest control services.
What Not to Do
Pest poisons are extremely harmful when ingested. Never leave your furry friends unsupervised in areas where rat traps might be. They are curious, just like children, and will investigate anything out of the ordinary in their territory. According to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), over 100 pet deaths yearly can be attributed to rodent poisons. These poisons, called rodenticides, are just as lethal to your animals as they are to pests.
Rodenticides come in several varieties. These include anticoagulants, which prevent blood from clotting; bromethalin, which causes seizures and muscle tremors; cholecalciferol, which causes loss of appetite, increased thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms; zinc phosphide, whose symptoms include bloody vomit that has a garlic smell; and strychnine, which creates involuntary muscle spasms and respiratory arrest.
How to Get Rid of Mice When You Have Dogs
Keeping your pets safe means keeping them away from harmful insecticides. You can take several steps to do this. First, make sure any bait stations are well out of reach. Keep them inside areas your furry friends can’t access or on the other side of fences. If you use rodent sprays, keep your pet away from them when they are newly sprayed.
When you apply rodenticide, baits and traps, remove your pets from the area. Make sure your animals are nowhere near the poison for at least 15 minutes or longer as indicated on the label for the trap or method you are using.
Take preventative steps as well to keep unwanted animals out of your home. Clean your BBQ, seal food in air tight containers, and sweep and clean your kitchen so that leftover crumbs don’t attract pests. Empty trash regularly; don’t let trash bags sit near the house. Remove debris like wood piles outside your house since rodents can make homes in wood piles and debris and then move inside from there.
Look for places in your house where rodents can get in. Any cracks under doors, windows, or even in dryer vents that aren’t properly sealed are points of entry. Holes in your foundation are another way rodents get in. Seal them up as much as possible.
Call the Pros for Pet-Safe Rodent Control Methods
Dr. Death Pest Control is an expert in pet-safe rodent control methods. Calling in professionals can be the best way to get rid of pests that threaten your family’s health, both human and animal. Our pest control specialists use methods that involve mindful application to keep your animals away from toxins that could be potentially harmful. For more information, contact Dr. Death Pest Control today.