Pest Control Safety

Most pest control officers will rely on a variety of resources and treatments to help them to take care of pest invasions. From physical solutions used to trap and release snakes and birds, all the way to chemical alternatives that can completely eradicate ant nests, fleas and termites; most agencies will have access to an incredible arsenal of facilities in which to help their clients.

As colonies of ants and termites thrive, not to mention the tendency for birds to look for nesting grounds within people’s properties; especially their attics and roofs, it’s no wonder why so many home owners are considering hiring pest controllers to help to keep on top of their home invasions. There’s often one factor that people can find themselves put off by and that’s the use of potentially harmful toxins and chemicals.

How harmful are these toxins?

In the old days, before modern scientific breakthroughs were able to identify the effects of toxic chemicals on people and pets, it wasn’t unheard of for pest controller agencies to rely on very harmful chemicals in order to treat infestations. These chemicals were known to interfere with peoples’ breathing, as well as sometimes triggering near fatal illnesses.

Fortunately these days are truly in the past and thanks to the latest advances in the understanding of chemical formulas and how they work, most treatments used by pest controllers are harmless to people. There are some that can cause skin irritation if they are able to come into contact with a person or a pet – but these effects typically last for a few days and can be treated with steroid creams and antihistamines.

That’s not to say that exposure to all chemicals is recommended, in fact this is why some agents will suggest that all residents of a particular home or office relocate temporarily. Some fumigations will have no choice but to use very deadly toxins in an effort to completely wipe out all invaders – and in these cases a controller will be very forthcoming with information, so as to avoid risk to life where their clients are concerned.