The short answer is no, or at least, not the traditional pest control methods. There are, however, child friendly pest control services available, which you should consider if you have a pest problem. The fact is that nobody likes having pests in their homes, and your children would be more at risk living in an infestation, so it is something that will need sorting immediately.
Pests can carry a number of infections and filthy bacteria; their droppings can cause respiratory problems and they have been known to cause eye and skin irritation among youngsters. The last thing you need is to watch your little one suffers, whilst living in a home infested with cockroaches or rats. Here’s what you can do about it in such a situation:
1 – Avoid purchasing over the counter remedies
You might be tempted to head on to YouTube for some home remedies and pick some pest control products up from your local warehouse; we would advise against this. If you don’t have children, you’re only putting yourself at risk and prolonging your exposure to pests, so you can try what you want. However, when it comes to small babies and youngsters, you should go straight to the professionals every time.
It’s easy to assume that you could buy a pest repellent, spray it around the house and be done with it. But you should know what it’s not as simple as that. In addition to being minimally effective, it can pose some serious health risks to your little ones!
2 – Seek out the professionals who offer child friendly pest control services
Again, skip any home remedies and head straight online to find your local pest control company. Look for companies that openly specialise in child friendly pest control services and research any reviews or testimonials that they have. – Lean from other family’s experiences.
Rather than going ahead and flooding an area with chemicals as you may otherwise have, they will be applying strategically measured amounts with the proper pest management equipment. This will ensure that the chemicals dry properly without leaving excessive residue that might be ingested by your child in the future.
It is also important to remember your pets at times like these. Let’s say for example you put out some rat poison to kill off a few rodents that were nesting in your property. Even if the pellets weren’t exposed, and your dog was to eat a rat that had previously died from eating the poison; your dog would be at risk of dying as well.
Don’t take any chances! Get onto the professionals and ensure that any pests are removed carefully and without detriment to you or your loved ones.
3 – No more Organophosphates
Over the years, pest control companies would douse a property in Organophosphates without a care in the world. An entire property would be covered top to bottom, and little thought would be given to the dangers to the occupant’s health, because we had no idea.
Today however, it has become abundantly clear that these chemicals can cause some terribly dangerous health issues, such as cancer and a number of other respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses.
Fortunately, those days are long gone. Any reputable and reliable pest control company will use a number of child-friendly methods to get rid of pests. Not only have the chemicals been replaced with much safer or rather, less hazardous chemicals, but the way that they are applied throughout a property has been updated. (i.e., being applied in areas that are inaccessible to children)
Before going ahead and beginning your pest control treatment there are a few considerations beforehand:
- Be certain to notify your pest control expert of any allergies and illnesses that you or your children might have. This is to make sure that they don’t use any products which could do your children serious harm.
- Thoroughly clean your property beforehand. This will make it easier for the adhesion process, binding the child-friendly pest control chemicals throughout your home.
- Consider leaving the home for a few hours while the pest control experts do their thing. And whilst it’s not likely necessary, you could air your home out a little before allowing your children back in if you want to be extra careful.
- Speak to your pest control expert and let them advise you on how to proceed. Ask about the process and the chemicals which are being used. They will give you all of the information that you need.