PEST CONTROL TERMITES – IS IT HARMFUL TO KIDS AND PETS?
Pest control termites do involve some health risks, but in most cases, it is not toxic to humans. And while termites may occasionally bite pets and the bite can sting a bit, it also is not toxic to them. However, putting safety measures in place that prevents exposure is still advisable.
In a termite-infested home, the ventilation system can spread dust particles from termites throughout the space. It can occasionally trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks, especially in people with a preexisting condition. But the greatest risk to people does not come from the termites themselves, but from the chemicals that are used for pest control termites.
Unfortunately, many homeowners take the job of pest control termites upon themselves, buying the first off-the-shelf pest control chemicals they see. This can greatly increase the adverse effect on someone’s health.
CHEMICALS AND KIDS
Pesticides all have toxic ingredients – some levels are higher than others and should not be used in an environment where there are kids and pets. Having toxic chemicals in a home with babies and toddlers, who are curious by nature, increases the risk they will get into the area where the chemicals are stored, or come in contact with the treated areas. Young children are more prone to inhalation of chemicals. Because their immune systems are still developing, their kidneys cannot yet remove toxins from their bodies.
It is important to allow enough time for the chemicals that are used for pest control termites to dissipate before re-entering the home. Pest control termites prevention can be beneficial to the family’s personal health, as well as maintaining the home’s value by avoiding costly repairs for damages.
FYI: There are three commonly used signal words on pesticides.
Caution – The least toxicity level. It can be slightly toxic when absorbed by someone’s skin.
Warning – Moderately toxic if absorbed.
Danger – Highly toxic. Often includes the word “poison”.
READ MORE: HOW CAN YOU TELL YOU HAVE TERMITES?
Professional exterminators are experts at treating termite infestation, using the appropriate chemicals and establishing safety measures during treatment. Here are a few safety tips for before and after pest control termites.
- Remove food products from treatment area
- Remove toys and clothing
- Cover dishes, cutlery, and utensils
- Thoroughly wash hands (especially kids)
It is advised that homeowners have frequent termite inspections, at least once a year. This can be vital to catching an infestation early. During an inspection, technicians look for any visible signs of termite activity or damage. Any time termite activity is found, the technicians at Expert Pest Solutions can provide you with recommendations for pest control treatments.
Our affordable Quarterly Pest Control Service provides pest control solutions to your home during each season – Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Payment is due when treatment is done at the beginning of your quarter, with no additional charges for in-between return visits for covered pests.
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