Having pets in the house can complicate things when you have an exterminator spraying coming up. In fact, some people are so worried about their pets that they put off making the appointment, and end up with worse pest issues than they started with.
Professional exterminators, like Fox Pest control in Connecticut and New England, are often asked about pets. Quality services are always aware of these concerns and should be happy to discuss their treatments with you with regards to any pets you have.
The reality is that your pets are quite safe during most treatments. You just need to take a few things into account, depending on the kind of pet you own.
Dogs and Cats
Most people are thinking about free-roaming pets like dogs and cats when they worry about pet safety. Just like with the people of your household, they will definitely need to be out of the room during any spray treatments and possibly out of the house entirely while the appointment is going on.
But the chemicals used in pesticide spraying are very highly targeted and formulated to dry very quickly. After 30 minutes to an hour, they are completely dry and would not be harmful to anyone (or any pet) in the room. By and large, that’s not a huge time period to have to deal with.
If you do have a dog that has a tendency to gnaw on baseboards, there is a slight risk they might chew on the wood that has been treated. It might be an issue for some dogs, but generally not something you need to worry about.
Like with your furry friends, you probably should move a bird’s cage out of the room during a spraying, or at least cover with a towel during the treatment. Be aware though, that birds have more delicate respiratory systems than mammals and may be more sensitive to some of the chemicals. Talk to your vet to see if there is cause for concern. You may need to board your bird for a day or two to be on the safe side.
Pets in Tanks
Fish or lizards are usually in more permanent set-ups that can’t just be shifted to another room. So a heavy towel over their tanks during any treatment should be sufficient to keep out any errant spray.
Are They Even Spraying?
You might want to check with your exterminator to see what kind of treatment you are actually getting at your next appointment. People tend to assume that sprays are used when some pest problems are actually handled with poison baits. Get the details before you start planning to board your pets. It might not be necessary.
The professionals may also be intending to target more outside areas for your treatment than you realize. Termites or ants are often dealt with by spraying outside, to create a barrier, keeping the pests out. If that’s the case, your pets are perfectly fine inside.