Bugs can be really cool to marvel at, but not when it comes to sharing our homes with them. Insects belong outside, and by outside we mean beyond our property lines. This may be a lofty goal, and an impossible one to boot, but taking time to ensure your pet isn’t exposed to parasites and disease-spreading insects is a big deal. 

How can pet owners be sure that certain products aren’t harmful to their best friends? With our tips for pet safe pest control, of course!

Sad, but True

As the guardian of an innocent pet’s health and safety, it can be problematic and confusing to approach effective pest control. Often, commercially available products can be more dangerous than the bugs themselves, making the entire prospect of mitigating insects a bit shaky. 

Know the Score

When purchasing pest control products to use inside the house, on the lawn, or around the perimeter, be sure they are clearly labelled “pet safe”. If you apply a pest control product without that designation, be sure that your pet is nowhere near the area. 

Allow the product to fully dry before your pet walks on it. If you can smell the product long after it’s application, it may not be safe for your pet.

Pet Safe Pest Control

Depending on what types of pests you’re dealing with you may need to hire professionals. Be sure their products are 100% safe for use on surfaces shared by pets. Research the ingredients they use, ask for references of pet-owning clients, and be sure they are highly recommended. 

It may be worthwhile to have your pet spend the day at a friend or relative’s home during the exterminator’s visit. Or, sign them up for Dog Daycare

Only when assured that the property is safe, return with your pet. 

DIY Methods

There are some incredibly DIY pest control methods that can help control ant colonies, flies, mosquitoes, and more. 

  • Mix 3 Tablespoons Dawn dishwashing detergent with 16 ounces of hot water and spray directly onto ant hills.
  • Leave out a small saucer of maple syrup or brown sugar mixed with water. Mosquitoes are drawn to the sweetness, and get stuck.
  • Fill clear baggies of water and attach them to rooflines, trees, or porch covers to ward off those pesky flies.
  • Plant some catnip, basil, rosemary, lemon balm and lavender near entrances to repel pests, but keep in mind that there are many other plants toxic to both pests and pets alike, such as Citronella, garlic, marigolds, and more.
  • Unleash several hundred ladybugs or some praying mantises into your backyard so they can eat aphids and other insects
  • Purchase a mosquito zapper.
  • Hang insect tape and wasp traps.
  • Diatomaceous earth does a great job of eliminating creepy crawlies like ants, roaches, fleas and more, and a strategic dusting of it along doorways and crevices acts as a completely effective pet safe pest control method. If your pet happens to lick it up, don’t worry, they won’t get hurt. 

Safe, Sound, Happy, Comfortable

In order to truly enjoy this season, it’s got to be as bug-free as possible. If you have further questions about pet safe pest control, your pet’s parasite prevention medication, or other concerns about their seasonal health and well being, the Pet Experts are always here for you at Wheaton Animal Hospital.