A pest control chemical can be extremely helpful if you use it without care or in an improper way. These chemicals come in a variety of options with varying toxicity levels. Each pest issue has a different solution. Thus, it is necessary for you to consider when your business or property needs a chemical agent instead of conventional pest prevention methods. Plus, a chemical that may look fairly weak can lead to having side effects if you use them without proper consideration and protection.
Does it even matter what chemicals you use?
It can be quite challenging for many people to select the right pest control chemicals. If you use the wrong substance, it could make a bad situation even worse. For instance, if you are dealing with ants, then you need to first identify the species of ants correctly. Only then, you have to take specific measures for eliminating the issue. On misidentifying the breed that usually happens due to untrained eyes, the chemicals you are using will not work.
In addition, the infestation of ants might have more than one species at the same spot. Here, some of the colonies may not react to a certain pesticide, while others can be wiped off without any issue. Moreover, the chemicals that you use for killing nests may not eliminate all the ants at once. As a result, surviving ants can gain immunity to the used chemical and come up with an entirely new colony. This means that you reach the same point where you started from.
What effects can pest control chemicals have on our health?
You need to handle pest control chemicals with great care. That’s why it is always recommended to hire a professional to handle such poisonous substances. If you misuse any of these chemicals, it can lead to several symptoms of acute poisoning, such as:
- Stomach cramps
- Excess saliva
- Blurred vision
- More severe poisoning can even lead to chest tightness, heart rate, muscle twitching and weakness, walking, and difficulty in walking and breathing, incontinence, and constricted pupils. In more severe cases of poisonous, unconsciousness, and seizures might occur.
Go for Pest Prevention at First
- It is important to fix any leaks in plumbing if they occur. Do not let water accumulate in your home.
- Mess and clutter offer places for pests to hide and breed, which makes it difficult to eliminate them. So, clean up stacks of magazines, newspapers, or cardboard, which pests use as nests.
- Eliminate sources of water, shelter, and food.
- Close off spaces where pests can use to get in and hide, such as crevices and cracks around household appliances or cabinets. Use steel wool for filling areas around pipes.
- Identify the pests and then look for options to get rid of them.
- Always store food items in sealed glass or plastic containers. Food scraps should be kept tightly in covered trash cans. Remove garbage from your home regularly.
Tips for Handling Pesticides Safely
Here are some tips and instructions to handle pesticides carefully:
- Read the manual carefully and use the pesticide as directed. Do not go over the recommended amount and follow all the safety precautions.
- While using pesticides, do not smoke, drink, or eat.
- Always wear protective gear and clothing while handling or using the pesticide, like rubber gloves.
- Never mix pesticides as it could lead to a potentially harmful chemical reaction.
- Wash your hands after every use.
- Store pesticides with the lid closed firmly. Keep them out of the reach of kids in a high locked cupboard. Never transfer chemicals into containers, which children could mistake for drink or food.
- Do not place baits or set traps in areas that pets and children can access.