Insecticides (the synthetic chemical compound stuff) are popularly used for killing insects in the home; such as in your lawn, garden or even on pets. Despite their effectiveness in getting rid of pests, human-made pesticides can do more harm than good to your cat or dog (and other pets) if not handled with care. Don’t bother with the risks that come with many pest products in the market–they can be just as bad for you. Read on to know more about pet safe insecticides and their safety measures.
A Popular Choice
Although, not all of the human-made stuff are completely bad. A few are safer your you and your pets. One of them is Talstar P, an insecticide that is widely used in the control of pets today. Talstar P is sprayed on both the inside and outside environment. This particular pesticide is popular because of its long residual effect in killing pests. It can kill at least 75 insect pest species to a period of 3 months from the date of spray.
How to Use It
With Talstar P, It is advisable for pets or individuals only to enter the sprayed areas after the insecticide has dried up. Some of the advantages of using Talstar is that it is non-irritating to the skin, leaves no stains and dries up completely.
Anytime you are buying insecticides for use on your lawn or yard, be sure to read the label or instructions attached and follow it very carefully. This step is necessary because a safe pet insecticide could still be made unsafe by overdosing it, therefore, making it potentially dangerous. You should also avoid mixing pesticides. Mixing any chemicals could lead result in something potentially hazardous to both you and your pets; If you’re not a trained professional.
Some simple rules to follow:
- Keep pesticides out of reach during storage to avoid children and your domestic animals such as cats and dogs from gaining access.
- Remove all pet paraphernalia from the lawns such as feeding bowls, bones and dog chains when applying an outdoor insecticide.
- Avoid using pellet insecticides as they can be mistaken for food.
- Avoid mixing insecticides with organic fertilizer as some pets especially dogs’ find organic fertilizer tasty.
When it comes to the use of insecticides, nothing should be left to chance. This could just be the one-step that could save your lovely pet from being poisoned. It is common knowledge that pets do not sit in one place all day but roam about in the lawns, gardens or your neighbor’s yard nearby. You will want to ensure that you get wind of your neighbor’s insecticide in use; just to make sure that you are aware of what pesticides might be exposed to your pet.
If you get suspicious about pet insecticide poisoning, it is advisable to get in touch with an emergency veterinary as soon as possible. Besides, get to know when the insecticide was ingested and what it might have been.
How to Get Rid of Insect Pests in a Pet-Friendly Way
Synthetic insecticide products are most popular with buyers. However, recently, popularity has grown towards the use of natural insecticides. People are being more cautious about their environment and would instead embrace solutions that are more friendly towards the environment.
A very popular organic insecticide is Diatomaceous earth (DE). Simply put, Diatomaceous Earth is a sedimentary rock that occurs naturally. The stone is crushed into powder and sprinkled on lawns or yards. You can use DE, as it is safe to use in gardens where your children and dog play. DE kills a wide range of insects including fleas, earwigs, ticks, and cockroaches.
Biological pest control measures have proven effective against the use of pests in gardens and yards. Attract amphibians into your yard by building a toad house in your backyard. Toads help in clearing destructive plant insects in your gardens; plus using toads keeps your dog and children safe from the risk of using poisonous insecticides.
Gardeners are also fond of using other natural predators such as the ladybug as an efficient, natural predator of scales, mites, and other garden insect pests.
A yard that is well maintained is a no-go zone for harmful, plant destroying insects. Maintain your yard by
- Ensuring your lawn is dry at all times. A wet backyard is a perfect breeding ground for fleas and mosquitoes.
- Trim bushes and get rid of dense growth in your garden that is a possible environment for unwantaed
- Get rid of debris from the yard. Too much trash in your yard such as old furniture, cans of aluminum provides a breeding ground for insects such as mosquitoes.
This list of insecticides is safer to use in your home or garden for the control of insect pests. Of course, caution must still be taken. They include:
For safety and best results, the insecticides should be used as directed.
Sometimes, Insecticides are unavoidable and must be used. So it’s important to take caution to keep yourself and those around you safer. Pet safe pesticides can work for both indoor and outdoor environment without many risks if you follow the instructions carefully. In fact, this simple step is often what can make the difference between a safe and hazardous chemical.
Also, as a pet owner, be wary of your pet’s surroundings. This is necessary, as your pet is likely to sniffle or eat something from your neighbor’s plants or grass that has been treated with a toxic chemical.
Despite the popular use of pet safe insecticides, other natural methods can be employed to get rid of insect pests while preserving your environment and keeping your pets safe. These methods include the use of organic insecticides, the use of natural predators such as toads and maintaining your yard. If you really must use something non-natural, try one of the options listed above