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Why you shouldn’t leave pets in your apartment during pest control

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The products used for pest control by most professional companies belong to hazard classes 3 and 4, being moderate and low-hazard, respectively. Provided the necessary precautions are taken, these products are safe for both people and animals.

When treating cockroaches, bedbugs and other insects, the following conditions must be observed:

  1. There should be no people or animals on surfaces when spraying or applying products.
  2. For at least 2 hours after treatment, during the period of sedimentation of the drug, there should also be no people or animals in the room. After settling, the drugs become dangerous only for insects.

Insecticides are toxic substances that affect the nervous and respiratory systems of insects. Despite the difference in weight categories of mammals and insects, it is important to strictly adhere to safety precautions.

Regardless of whether treatment with “odorless” products was ordered, compliance with safety precautions is mandatory. The presence of odor does not affect the effectiveness of treatment and the toxicity of insecticides. Adding strong fragrances to insecticides is done to alert you to the presence of harmful substances in the room.

“Odorless” treatments may hide risks because the absence of odor makes it difficult to assess the safety of the air. Therefore, it is important to strictly follow all recommendations and warnings provided by experts.

What do you need to know about preparing for pest control if you have pets?

Before carrying out disinfestation, it is necessary to remove all feeders, trays, toys and beds into bags. Pets should be temporarily removed from the apartment while treatment and ventilation are carried out. Upon returning to the room, as a precaution, it is recommended to wipe the floor (with the exception of baseboards), window sills and other places where pets usually rest.

If we are talking about cats, they can be temporarily left on the balcony. This option is useful if there are no gaps between the balcony and the room through which treatment agents can penetrate, and if the animal will be comfortable in a temporary shelter. As a last resort, when it is not possible to evacuate your pet, you can consider leaving it on the balcony.

The question of where to put the cat during pest control can become a real obstacle to decision making. Unlike dogs, any movement can cause stress in cats. However, temporarily moving your pet for a couple of hours will not cause him serious inconvenience. It is important to note that a few days before the forced departure, you can use a special collar with calming pheromones to alleviate stress for the cat.

So, what to do with cats on a “sanitary” day?

  1. Schedule a visit to the veterinarian's office for your pet's long-awaited vaccinations or routine checkup.
  2. Enjoy a walk with your cat. Take him in a carrier and go to the shopping center (checked, people around him are just touched by his fluffy face), and in warm weather you can visit the park or just sit on a bench. During the cold season, relaxing in the car may be an option.
  3. Visit your friends or relatives to see if they are allergic to cats. If you are friends with your neighbors, they may be happy to accept your cat while you are away.
  4. Use the services of a pet hotel. This option will provide care for your pet for approximately RUB 250 per day.
  5. If you have a favorite summer cottage, don't forget to take your cat with you so that he can enjoy time on the countryside plantations.

What if you have a bird?

After all, apartments are home to not only dogs and cats, but also a variety of feathered friends, such as budgies, canaries and other small birds. Their sensitivity to insecticides makes insect control times extremely dangerous for them, and it is therefore important to take appropriate precautions.

While the room is being treated for insects and until it is completely ventilated, it is necessary to temporarily remove the birds from the house, as leaving them inside can pose a mortal threat. The empty cage, in turn, must be protected from insecticide. In addition, after disinsection, it is not recommended to release the bird from the cage until the active effect of the poison has completely stopped. It is also important to avoid introducing chemicals into bird feed.

If you follow all the necessary safety measures, you can successfully get rid of insects in your apartment without posing a threat to the health of your feathered pets.


Why can’t you leave pets in the apartment during pest control?

During pest control, chemicals are used that can be hazardous to animal health. Inhalation or contact with these substances can cause negative effects, so it is safer to temporarily remove pets from the treated area.

What precautions should be taken when disinfesting pets?

Pets must be temporarily removed from the premises during treatment. Your pet's empty cage or home area should also be protected from chemicals. After treatment, it is recommended to thoroughly wipe the floor and other surfaces where animals live before returning them to the house.

How long should pets be kept outside after pest control?

To avoid exposure to chemicals, animals should be kept outside for at least 2 hours after disinfestation is completed. This time allows the insecticides to settle and cease to be harmful to animals. If necessary, follow the recommendations of specialists for the safe return of pets to the treated area.

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