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Are Pest Control Chemicals Safe?


The safety of pest control chemicals has been a topic of heated debate for years on end. Plenty of decades ago there were some chemicals in the market that were in fact harmful to humans, and even their pets. In this day and age that has thankfully died down a bit. Still, whenever a new product enters the market it’s a good idea to validate whether the product is safe or not. There are a couple of things that you’re going to want to keep in mind when you’re doing pest control.

One of the reasons why people have been scared of pest control products for years is the fact that the folks applying them wear masks to protect themselves. We want to be very clear about this. If you have a considerable pest infestation, and the pest control company that you hire suggests that maybe you vacate the house for a couple of days, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the chemicals used in the process are going to be harmful long term. That’s one of the tight ropes that you have to be able to walk on properly. Sometimes in very dire situations, you may very well need to use products that are not safe to breathe in, but what you’re looking for in those situations is something that can in fact exterminate your pest problem, but not be harmful long term.

Evaluate Your Pest Issue        

Before you try and figure out what type of chemicals you need to use, you’re going to want to figure out what your pest issue looks like. If you’re just doing some pest control as a preventive measure you may have more options to choose from. In any case, what we can recommend is that you get professionals to provide an evaluation. The good thing about modern evaluations is that pest control companies can now provide proof via photos or video of what they find in your home.

In other eras, homeowners just had to trust the pest control company that they hired to be telling the truth. These days, that’s no longer an issue. Most pest control companies are even happy to provide free evaluations for homeowners. From there they’ll let you know what the best course of action might be. This brings us to our next point which is potentially the most important in this article. Which type of chemicals are going to be used in the pest removal procedure?

Talk To The Pest Control Company About The Type of Chemicals They’ll Use In The Procedure

pest control virginia beachThese days allergies and the presence of pets in the home is something that pest control companies are very much aware of. As a home or business owner that is looking for a pest removal service don’t be afraid to voice your concerns with your pest control company. Let them know that there are children, pets, or people with allergies in the home. If you really want to get into what is being used to combat your pest issues, you could even suggest the use of specific chemicals.

The main benefit that you’ll get with voicing these concerns with your pest control company is that both parties may be able to talk through not only what type of chemicals are used, but if you need to stay away from the property any set number of days. As we mentioned just because certain chemicals that are used in pest control services can be seriously harmful if ingested right out of the sprayer, it does not mean that they are going to be harmful long term. You can be just as active of a buyer when purchasing pest control services as you could be making any other purchase.

The folks at Universal Pest Termite Inc, are great at explaining the pest control service step by step. With termite control for example, they do in fact request that homeowners vacate the property for a set number of days in certain instances. They can not only walk you through the type of chemicals that are going to be used in the procedure but also what happens inside the home as the chemicals come in contact with the environment. They can also help you deal with your insurance company if you indeed need to vacate the property, and find temporary living accommodations. 

Regular Pest Control Services Can Limit The Amount of Toxic Materials That Are Used

If you want to make sure that you don’t have to use excessive amounts of pesticides or toxic chemicals in pest removal procedures perhaps the best thing that you can do is get regular pest control services. It’s a simple concept really. If you’re able to spot developing problems, and tend to them before they turn into a massive infestation you’ll be able to use less harmful chemicals in the procedures, as opposed to what you can probably expect to happen if you forgo what we could consider regular maintenance. By the time you address a pest issue, there’s a good chance that the situation will have gotten out of hand and any company that you hire will be forced to use much stronger chemicals.

When should you be calling Universal Pest Termite for your seasonal checkup? Pests tend to be very seasonal, and the type of pests that you’re going to have to deal with will vary per region. Good pest control companies have a very clear idea of what type of pests are going to be present in the different regions. So, it’s actually a good idea to defer to them to help you create a schedule that sees them provide seasonal pest removal procedures.

What you don’t want is to stick to 2 pest removal services per year, say one in June, and one in December. When in reality the summer is the hot bed season for certain pests you’d be better off getting inspected at the beginning of the summer, and maybe again in September. Keep in mind not every inspection will lead to a full removal procedure!

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