Rats. Cute if you’re watching Pixar’s hit movie, Ratatouille - not so cute if you’re a business owner or customer visiting your local food and beverage outlet.
Safe for kids and pets!
Often you have an “H-and-G” relationship with your pest controller – that’s “hi and-and-goodbye”. When the chemicals arrive, you skedaddle with your kids and pets.
But why? Pest control chemicals these days are absolutely safe for you and your family! Years of research has gone into replacing those nasty organophosphates with semi-synthetic pyrethroid alternatives. That all sounds pretty technical – and sure, the science behind them took years to develop – but basically it means that legally applied pest control measures these days are plant derived, so healthier for people and the world around them. They are chemically akin to pyrethrums, flowers of the chrysanthemum family.
It’s not to say they aren’t effective. Applying the latest products is a tricky business. A well-trained pest controller works carefully to ensure the right quantity of product is applied, and the application is targeted. Products used inside have no odour at all, and those applied outside have only a low odour and very low toxicity.
The best clue you’ll have to the safety of the product is that pest controllers no longer descend on your home dressed like Ghostbusters. They will usually still use cover-up clothing – as much for weather protection as anything – and often a face mask, but that’s because they’re spraying five or six times a day. Even chewing that many chrysanthemums could be a problem!
Basic rules still apply: make sure the kids don’t touch the product while it’s still wet (usually around an hour outside and 30-40 minutes inside) and keep the pets indoors during treatment.
And that’s not to say there aren’t cowboys out there – be careful who you call, and be sure to check that they are using the latest control techniques. That’d be clever, right? Maybe just call Clever Pest.