Pets and Pest Control

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When ants, roaches or other unwanted creatures invade our home, you are willing to do anything to get rid of them, as fast as possible. However, pest control treatments can sometimes be harmful to your cats or dogs. Fortunately, having pets does not mean you can’t get professional help in Springfield, Mo. By taking these few easy steps, you can protect your home from pest issues as well as your furry friends.

Tell Your Exterminators about Your Pets

When you get a quote or purchase services from a pest control specialist, make sure to mention your pets. If the worker who comes on the first day of treatment is different from the workers who diagnosed your home, make sure to let them know again. Explain in detail how many pets you own and where they will be on the day of the treatment.

Don’t Let Your Pets Loose

On the day of the treatment, don’t let your pets free in your house. If you can, leave your dog or cat outside. If you leave in an apartment, leave them in a kennel or pet carrier. If your dog or cat is not used to be contained, locked them inside your bedroom or other room the specialist will not need to access. There are two reasons for making sure to contain your pets: the first one is safety for the pest control professional. Your pets may not be used to strangers and the last thing you need is having a pest worker bit or hurt by your dog. Even if your pet is well-behaved, don’t take this risk. The next reason is safety for your pet. If your dog or cat is outside your home, the chances of your furry friend being harmed by chemicals are next to zero. The easiest and most convenient would be to leave your pet at a friend’s house or at a professional dog sitter for the duration of the pest treatment.

Birds, Rodents, Fish and Reptiles

If you own any smaller pets, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, birds or lizards/turtles etc. your best bet is to have them removed from your home during the course of the treatment. If you can’t have them outside of your house or apartment during this time, make sure to talk to your vet first. A lot of these smaller pets (especially birds) are more fragile than dogs or cats and their smaller respiratory systems may not handle any fumes from the pest treatments. If your vet okays for your bird or fish to remain at the house during the treatment, make sure to cover any cages or fish tank with a thin piece of fabric. Try to move the tank or cage to a room where the treatment will not be applied.

Letting your pest control specialist know about your pets very early in the diagnosis process is the best thing you can do to ensure they will be safe during the rounds of treatment. Make sure to give yourself enough planning time so that you can find a way to have your pet taken care of during the exterminator’s visit if you need to.

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