It seems as if many people own a home for the sole purpose of having a pet in their family. Those two just seem to go hand-in-hand and in fact, many of us might even joke about leaving our dog at home and going off to work so that they can enjoy it to the full. All joking aside, however, the home is a wonderful place to raise an animal, but it can also be dangerous if the wrong circumstances exist. In this article, we are going to take a look at one of those circumstances and what you can do to keep your pet safe.
Do you enjoy having a beautiful lawn? As you probably already know, it is a fighting battle, and, in many cases, homeowners lose because they just don’t have the time, materials and expertise to take care of the problem on their own. They will often hire the care out to a professional company and when they do so, they are guaranteed results. One of the ways in which this can benefit you is by hiring out the service of pest control. This can be great for the home, but it can be hazardous for the animals.
Quite obviously, the majority of commercial pest control services are going to use chemicals when treating your home and lawn. The pet is at particular risk because they are “barefoot” and tend to spend the majority of their life close to the areas where the spraying will take place. That being said, there are some options available that will help to keep your pet safe. Some of them will require specific action on your part but they are well worth it because you will have a healthy and happy pet.
One important thing that you can do is to limit the pest control services to the exterior of the home. This is important to consider because it is difficult to contain the dogs in a single location and even if you do, they are going to immediately go to investigate whatever took place when the pest control service was inside of the home. They will be getting up close and personal with any chemicals that were sprayed in the area. This can be limited, to a certain extent, by using an outdoor pest control service.
Rather than spraying the inside of your home, they will come and spray the exterior of the home, including around the foundation and the lawn. This provides a number of benefits that you will experience as a homeowner, along with helping to keep your pets as safe as possible. Since the work is taking place outside, you can simply leave your pet indoors for the entire time that they are treating the lawn. They will also give you a specific amount of time that you should continue to keep your pet indoors to avoid any problems from the chemicals while they are still active.
Something else that you may want to consider is the possibility of using a company that is organic. Although there are a lot of benefits to using chemicals, because they can be very powerful and can keep pests away, they also can be very dangerous for everyone in your home, including your pets. The type of health damage that can occur as a result of contact with these chemicals is debilitating and can be lifelong. In some cases, it may lead to nerve damage and Parkinsonian type symptoms. Quite obviously, it is better to avoid those chemicals and one way to do so is to choose a company that gives an organic choice.
Keep in mind that not every company that offers organic options is going to be 100% organic. Some of them are going to offer the organic option because they recognize that some of their customers are going to want it. They may also offer commercial chemicals for times when it is required or requested by the customer. It’s a good idea to discuss this ahead of time with the pest control company. Why? Because you want to ensure that they are abiding by your wishes and that they know you have a pet in the home that you are trying to protect.
Finally, you may want to consider putting some booties on your pet when they go outside after the pest control service treated your lawn. This is an important step because it helps to keep the pet’s paws from coming in direct contact with the lawn that was freshly treated. Most people tend to lean on the side of caution and even if using an organic service, they would keep the pet from having any direct contact for at least 24 hours. It is also beneficial to go a little bit longer in order to be on the safe side as well.
It is not only pets that can be affected by the pest control service, but it can also affect any wildlife in the area as well. This would include any birds that may frequent your lawn, squirrels, chipmunks and other animals that may come out of hiding every once in a while. You might even want to be cautious about any runoff into nearby lakes or streams because it can affect the fish in those waters as well. It is all part of making sure that you do what is necessary to protect your pets and to protect the environment.
The best thing that you can do is to discuss everything with Ziehler Lawn Care prior to the time that you have them on your property to spray. Have a list of questions written out in advance and be sure to do more than just ask the question, listen to the answer. This will help to ensure that your pets are as safe as possible and at the same time, it will also help you to choose a company that is both reliable and knowledgeable. That is the best thing you can do for the health of your pet.