Pest Control – Is it Safe?

natural pest control and safetyConcerns about safety around really involve any sort of product or “thing” (not just pesticides).

There are 3 questions that need to be answered:

What is being used (How Toxic Is it)?

Most people focus on this question only!  But toxicity is all relative. Real hazards come from the combination of:

  • The harm a thing can do; AND
  • How likely you are to encounter that thing

Many household products under the kitchen sink are far more toxic that the products that pest controllers use these days.

Nearly every product we use these days is far less toxic than table salt.  If you imagine taking a teaspoon of salt and dissolving it in 10-20 litres of water, would you be concerned if you sprayed that around your home?  What we do in the industry is far less toxic than that!

One thing to NOTE:
Many of the products have an irritancy associated with them (like your fly spray) while they are wet.  This  is why I would always recommend not being in the immediate vicinity of a pest controller during the service.

Where is it going to be used?

Like most things that are harmful, you lock them away from children and pets so they avoid contact with them.  You only get them out and treat them carefully when needed.

The same with any pesticide.  Even those of extremely low toxicity should be treated the same way.

For internal areas of your home, a good pest controller will only apply products in places that you will not touch or access later on.

For external areas, most products are applied to places of nil or minimal contact (e.g. vertical walls etc).  These surfaces are often porous (absorb moisture), and pest control products bind strongly to these surfaces.  They are not easily removed – which is why they work on pests for a number of months after the service.

What are the chances of coming in contact later on?

If products are placed in areas you cannot physically access (e.g. under stoves, in wall cavities etc) , then contact later on will not happen.

There are times when product has to be sprayed on surfaces.

A pest controller should NEVER spray products on open surfaces inside your home.   This means your main living area where you are likely to have contact in the future is always pesticide free.
NOTE: (The only exception to this is when you have fleas or fabric pests – there is no other option – Read More About This Here).

When a pest controller sprays products on the outside of your home, the target areas are on walls, gardens, and other places that absorb the product.  With all the modern formulations are industry uses, there should be no concerns once these products dry.  Once again, the chance of actually contacting these areas on a regular basis are almost nil.

What else can be done besides using chemicals?

 Chemicals are not the only solution to a pest problem.  A good pest controller will use a methodology called “Integrated Pest Management” (IPM)

Read More about IPM

The Bottom Line…

In reality, pest control is conducted in all the places you might least expect.  Pest Control Services are delivered on a regular basis to places like:

  • Hospitals
  • Child Care Centres
  • Schools
  • Doctor’s Surgeries
  • Food Manufacturing Plants
  • Shopping Centres
  • And many more…

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