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IS PEST CONTROL SAFE FOR KIDS AND PETS?

November 22, 2018

We're often asked if pest control is safe, especially when you have kids or pets.

The answers is No and Yes

No, if you are taking a DIY pest control approach that includes vinegar or bleach or D.E. (Diatomaceous Earth) or using off the shelf pest control products, which can also contain D.E. and fibreglass particles. It is not just your kids or pets you're putting at risk – it is also you and others living in your home like elderly parents and anyone with respiratory or health complications. What makes this approach unsafe?

Yes, if you are working with a licensed pest control professional or pest control company, like York Pest Control. Why?

If you have hired a licensed pest control company and they ask that you leave your home for a 2-3 hour window, this is not because the product being used is unsafe. It is because the product they will be using to address your pest issue has a very unpleasant odour upon application. This smell dissipates once it dries, which often takes 2-3 hours.

If you're looking for the safest and most effective pest control, combine onging pest-proofing to prevent issues AND work with a licensed pest management professional if and when you have pest issues. For pest-proofing tips, visit our Resources section.