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Pest Control Safety Tips

Have you ever wondered how pest control works? Is it toxic? Can it be harmful? Can it produce any harmful effects over time? Today, we’re going to discuss these questions and more to shed a little light on a very under-appreciated profession: Pest Control and Prevention. The tasks associated with this profession can be dangerous sometimes, but they are nonetheless, surrounded by safeguards. Here are some of the top tips for working as a pest prevention and control specialist.

Sometimes, Conventional Methods Are Best

First of all, the way to reduce the risks of a pest infestation doesn’t always have to include chemicals. Sometimes, getting rid of the reason those pests are there could have the same and even better effects. It’s not always about using the most modern approach, sometimes the most tried and true methods are the best ones we have.

Some Precautions

Secondly, if you’re performing pest control on your own, there are some precautions that have to be taken. Always read the labels of the products you are using, and always follow them to the letter. According to the EPA, those precautions are designed to keep you out of harms way.

  1. Use proper clothing when using pesticides. Long pants, thick long sleeved shirts, and sturdy shoes are a requirement. You should also wash your hands and change your clothes directly after applying the pesticide to any environment.
  2. When spraying within the presence of a child’s or pets play area, be sure to remove the children or the pets before spraying the pesticide. Keep access strictly denied until the pesticide has dried and is no longer toxic.
  3. Never spray in windy or rain conditions, as the elements may take the pesticide farther than you intended. Always cover food if spraying indoors.

Get Professional Help

Last and certainly not least, we, and the Environmental Protection Agency suggest keeping the poison control center in your area at an arm’s reach. Keep their number close by, and always have it in your phone. If you have doubts about it, you’d do well to contact a professional. With a seasoned professional putting in advice and suggestions for you, you could save your yard, a neighbors yard, or your family, some strife later down the road.