I get asked a lot of questions when I answer the phone for my Portland pest control company. Sometimes those questions can be random, like a couple weeks ago when I was asked if I could come and get rid of someone’s llama!? But, one question that is always the same is when people ask if the products that we use are safe. It is a great question to ask. You want to get rid of your pests, but you want to make sure that the smaller members of your family stay safe, right? We all want that, so let me go over why doing pest control at your home doesn’t need to worry you.
First of all, if you are at home, take a look at the walls around you. You should see that your walls are covered in chemicals! That’s right, your walls are covered in paint, which is a mixture of chemicals. We all need to realize that there are chemicals all around us and that anything can be toxic if you have enough exposure to it.
Many people believe that pesticides are especially toxic because they are obviously designed to kill something. I think that would be true in some cases. A lot of the pesticides that were used in the past were just plain nasty stuff, but the majority of products today really are advanced. For example, one of the products that we use for ants will only activate if ingested by an exoskeleton species, meaning it is harmless to humans or pets (unless you have pet bugs). There is a lot of science behind the pest control industry nowadays and it is designed to keep you safe.
Green pest control has been the trend recently and for good reason. Many of the products most commonly used today are derived from plants. These products (in my opinion) are just as safe as newer non-green products, but it is always nice to go the eco-friendly approach whenever possible. This, by the way, is our method of choice, but we do sometimes rely on other products as well.
No matter what approach a pest control company goes for, it is important that the treatment is done correctly to keep you safe. We always recommend that you go with a licensed pest control professional that you can trust. As long as the person that you hire to do your pest control is responsible, you are not putting anyone in your family at risk.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. I will be posting my next blog that talks specifically about pet safety when using rodenticides in about a week since that would take a little more time. Until then, please let me know if I can help you with anything.