Whether you have problems with rodents, insects or spiders, choosing our residential pest control in Niagara services can make your home safe for the family once more, including your dog, cat or small mammal. However, once the treatment is complete, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to prevent your pet from accidentally being exposed to any chemical treatments.
1. Hire a Pet Sitter
You can ensure your pets’ safety by asking a family friend or a pet sitter to watch them for the day so they are not exposed to pest treatments and can remain in a safe place until the treated areas dry. Planning for these services can make the residential pest control process simpler for you, especially if you must leave for work or manage your usual child care shortly before the process begins.
2. Prepare a Safe Space
If you cannot find anyone to watch your pets, make a safe space for them away from the treatment area. A storage room or shady outdoor pen can keep your pet safe, especially from its own curiosity. If any outdoor areas need treatment, advise our technicians that a pet is in the area and whether it is far enough away from the target location.
If your dog is crate-trained, you can confine it with comfort toys, food and plenty of fresh water, where it might snooze during and after the treatment. If you have an air conditioning system, you might want to ask our treatment technicians if it is safe to run the system where your pet is confined and if any treatment odours or residue might reach it through the ductwork.
3. Move or Cover Fish Tanks
Fish can be affected by residential pest control treatments, so it is important to consider their safety. You can move smaller tanks away from the treatment area, preferably into an enclosed room where treatment mist or droplets cannot reach them.
Most fish are quite sensitive to changes in their water condition, so covering the tank completely by draping a cloth over it can eliminate the need to unplug the filter. This can be especially useful for larger tanks that house different species of fish.
4. Call Your Vet for Advice
If you have birds or exotic pets that are especially susceptible to foreign odours or pest control treatments, calling your veterinarian for advice can give you peace of mind concerning its safety. Small mammals, like ferrets or guinea pigs, can develop serious respiratory issues if they are not protected correctly, and covering their cages may not work completely.
Your vet can also offer advice about how to manage a senior pet after your home undergoes pest treatment. These animals may require specialized care because of certain age-related health conditions.
5. Watch Young Pets Closely
Puppies and kittens are notoriously curious and tend to get into trouble the moment your back is turned. They also have little clue as to what might be dangerous and could enter treated areas of your home if not watched closely.
Keep young pets by your side, in a safe area of the home, and distract them with toys, treats and attention until the treated area dries. You can use a leash or harness to ensure they do not wander away during a phone call or other instance that might require your attention.
6. Plan a Day Out
Taking your pets out for a play date at the dog park or for a visit to a friend’s house can keep them away from treated areas until it is safe for you and them to return. Our technicians can advise you about how long a specific treatment will take and how long odours might linger.
Our residential pest control can rid your home of troublesome insect and rodent pests, but we want to ensure the safety of your animal friends as well. Browse our website or call us for more information.