Pest control involves poisons, chemicals, and traps that can affect your cat or dog. Fortunately, modern pest control technology has helped drive pests away while keeping pets safe. Here are some of the best ways to get rid of pests while keeping pets safe.
Remember that Pets Can’t Tell Poison and Baits from Toys or Food
Pest control substances often look like a dog or cat’s toys or food. Rat poison pellets, for example are often colorful little pill-shape objects that could easily be mistaken for food.
Compounding the problem further is that rodent baits are often grain-based, which makes them more attractive to dogs (cats are more likely to ignore the baits because they’re carnivores).
Rodent bait is particularly harmful to pets because it works as an anticoagulant. This kills the rat by thinning their blood, leading to internal bleeding. All mammals, small and large, are affected in the same way, and smaller cats and dogs are particularly vulnerable.
Even if your pet is smart, has a good nose, or generally stays out of trouble, smart pet owners will want to take extra steps to protect pets from pest control.
Use the Right Rodent Baits
Do you have a rat or mouse problem on your property? You can still use rodent baits without harming your cat or dog.
If you’re trying to avoid harming your animal, then make sure you use one of two types of rodent baits.
First, you can use a bait with a warfarin base. And second, you can use chemicals like brodifacoum, difethialone and bromadialone.
Ideally, you’ll choose the bait with a warfarin base, as it’s far less toxic to animals. Their effects take much longer to manifest in cats and dogs.
Place them in the Right Spot and Check them Frequently
Keeping your dogs and cats away from the rodent bait is one problem. keeping them away from the dead mice and rats is another problem. Make sure you check your baits frequently and remove any dead animals lying nearby. You don’t want your cat or dog to eat or play with any of the animals.
Place your baits in the right spot. Avoid leaving them out in the open. Focus on areas where mice or rats may be entering your home. Ideally, this will also be a spot that’s hard for your cat or dog to reach.
Store Bait and Dead Animals Safely
It’s important to store bait and poison safely. Put it in a locked cupboard. And, when you’re disposing of the dead animals, be sure to put them in a place where your pets cannot access them: like a locked bin.
What About Ant and Cockroach Baits?
Ant and cockroach baits tend to be less harmful to dogs and cats. However, when your cat or dog eats a large amount of bait, it can lead to moderate health problems. Dogs are especially known for mistaking ant and cockroach baits for food.
In any case, keep ant and cockroach baits out of reach of your pets.
Pets and Insecticide Sprays
So you have pest problems in your garden but are worried about using an insecticide spray. Insecticide sprays can be toxic to pets – especially in liquid form, when your pet’s body can more easily absorb the insecticide. Once the insecticide dries, it’s less harmful to your pet.
With that in mind, keep your pet indoors when you’re spraying insecticide. Avoid spraying insecticide when your pet is in the room. Keep them by your side for a few hours after each application while you wait for the insecticide to dry up or evaporate.
Do you have an outdoor pond where your dog likes to swim? Take extra care when spraying insecticide outside, as wind may carry droplets into the water, where they remain in liquid form and can affect your dogs.
If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, call an emergency veterinarian immediately.