Is Raid Toxic to Humans and Pets?

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Pesticides like Raid and similar brands are a mainstay in many homes and are found in every store. They’re practical and can instantly kill insects. Many people wonder if it’s safe to use these insecticides around their pets and themselves. Nobody wants to poison their animal accidentally, so learn about whether insecticides like Raid are toxic to humans and pets and how you can use them safely.

Pesticides Like Raid Can Be Harmful to Humans and Pets

Depending on the specific ingredients in a pesticide, it can be harmful to humans and pets. Raid uses ingredients like pyrethroids, cypermethrin, imiprothrin, and pyrethrin. Some are all-natural, while others are synthetic. The combination of all of them can very much be toxic. Essentially, what makes them so deadly to bugs can also make them poisonous to pets and people, especially babies. The two specific ingredients that are not safe are cypermethrin and imiprothrin.

Health Risks of Raid and Other Pesticides

Raid can cause several health risks to people and pets that worsen depending on your exposure level. The various adverse health effects can include:

● Dizziness

● Sneezing

● Respiratory issues

● Asthma attacks

● Headaches

● Skin, throat, and eye irritation

● Diarrhea

● Lethargy

● Pale gums

● Coughing up blood

● Increased heart rate

● Vomiting

● Heart attacks (in severe cases of pre-existing conditions)

However, it’s essential to understand that these effects only occur if the person or pet comes into direct contact with the spray or inhales it. If the person or animal is allergic to one or more ingredients, they may be extra sensitive to residual traces in the air. It can be safe to use Raid and other pesticides if you use them properly.

Why People Still Use Pesticides

People use pesticides quite simply because they work. Nobody wants to have their house infested by roaches, ants, wasps, hornets, gnats, fruit flies, houseflies, or other unpleasant pests. Not only do pesticides like Raid kill on contact, but some varieties can also help to keep additional pests out for up to several weeks after spraying. Some types are even scented with lemon or floral aroma to leave a lingering chemical smell.

How To Use Raid Safely

The first and most important step to use Raid safely is to read and follow the instructions on the can. Obey all cautions and warnings to protect your family. Keep pets and children out of the room while spraying the insecticide until the spray dries (at least 30 minutes). Use it to keep bugs out. Focus on areas not accessible by people or pets, like behind and under cabinets. Keep the windows open for ventilation. Never spray directly on a person or pet. Finally, keep it out of the reach of children and animals.

Alternative: Call an Exterminator!

A safe alternative to using Raid is to call an exterminator. Exterminators will use professional, secure, and powerful means to eliminate bugs for the long term. For more information or help, contact Dr. Death Pest Control today!

Currently only servicing Henderson and Boulder City.

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