Nobody wants pests in their home. The fact is that even if you’re careful with food and other items that attract pests, you can’t always control the invasion on your own. Sometimes the outside makes its way in, no matter what you do.
When you have to get rid of pests in your home, pesticides may not be your go-to choice. Still, there are times when they’re necessary to get rid of serious pest problems.
Use these six safety tips from Bain Pest Control for handling pesticides in your home when you need them.
Wearing gloves might seem obvious to most people, but you’d be surprised how few people remember to do it in the heat of the moment. When you’ve got pests in your home and you want them out, it can be easy to forget that you need to protect your hands.
Non-absorbent work gloves or even rubber gloves like those designed to protect hands from hot water when washing dishes can work very well. Even disposable plastic or latex gloves can protect your hands from pest chemicals during short-term use.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Like wearing gloves when using household chemicals, wearing protective clothing should be pretty obvious. Still, many people don’t heed this advice.
When you’re using pesticides in your home, wear clothing that covers your body, like a long-sleeved shirt and pants. Wash these clothes to avoid contamination once you’re finished applying necessary pesticides.
Maintain Adequate Ventilation
Sprays and other pesticides have a tendency to get into the air and cause problems for the people breathing them in. If you’re spraying an indoor space, make sure you have adequate ventilation when you’re inside the room. If you must, close windows and doors as you exit the room to trap pests.
In cases where you don’t have adequate ventilation, like in a basement or attic with no windows, wearing a mask and limiting your exposure to these areas is essential. Don’t put your health at risk to get rid of a few pests.
Protect Pets and Kids
Pets and kids aren’t always able to shield themselves from danger. That’s why they need to be in a safe place when you apply any sort of pesticides.
If possible, get pets and kids out of the house during the treatment time when dealing with more than one small space.
Consider Food Safety
The food you eat shouldn’t come into contact with pesticides. When treating the kitchen, though, many people don’t take the necessary steps to protect food.
Ideally, all food should be removed from the kitchen or put into cabinets that are sealed. Don’t take chances with your health and the health of everyone in your home to save yourself 20 minutes of work.
Dealing with pests in your home isn’t always an easy task. Even if you attempt to use the right pesticides the right way, they may not get rid of pests every time.
Hiring professionals to do the work for you is often a wise move since pests can damage your house if allowed to spend too much time there. Get your home pest-free and save yourself the hassle, headache, and potential health hazards of working with pesticides yourself.
Contact Bain Pest Control to learn more about at-home pest removal. No matter what kind of pests you’re dealing with in your home, Bain Pest Control can help you get rid of them the right way the first time.