Nobody wants to be faced with a pest infestation. Yet, if you are faced with this situation, it is something you have to take care of as soon as possible. The longer pests are allowed to fester, the more damage to your home they will eventually cause.
However, it is important you do not rush into dealing with these pests. You want to get the job done quickly, of course, but you cannot sacrifice your health and safety while doing so. While preventing pests may not seem all that dangerous, certain methods can put you in harm’s way without the right precautions.
With that in mind, below are key safety precautions to consider as you deal with pests.
Before treatment begins
Pest control takes on various different forms, and the method you select decides the type of preparation you need to do prior to treatment. As an example, the use of predators as a biological treatment for the garden won’t require the same preparation as a chemical solution indoors.
In general, you should pack away clothing, keep your kitchen countertops clean of any items, and ensure pets are not around. If you are hiring a pest control professional, you will also have to think about moving large appliances – think dining tables and sofas – to provide them easy access.
You also have to think about if treatment choices comply with legislation. The Food and Environmental Protection Act, for instance, covers the Control of Pesticides Regulations.
Use the right support
Are you heading into the loft to deal with pests? In this case, pest control safety requires you to use the right support. A working platform, whether this is loft crawl boards or a CoverSafe Access Expandable Work Mat, provides the right support when working high up. The last thing you want is to fall through the loft and potentially suffer a severe injury.
Wear protective equipment
For health and safety reasons, it is often recommended – and sometimes a requirement – that you wear protective equipment. Okay, this isn’t a requirement when, say, laying a few mousetraps – unless you want to put on some gloves.
With that said, the right equipment is important when using the likes of pesticides and chemicals. You do not want these to get on your hands or in your eyes. Mask protection can also be required when directly using chemicals.
Bring in a professional pest control operator
Although it will typically cost you more to solve your pest problem, the safest tactic is to contact a pest control company. When you use a professional pest control service, they will be able to instruct you on the best steps to take beforehand. Furthermore, they are the ones that will take care of all the pest control work.
Once the pest control is done
After the pest control is done, you should take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again in the future. This could be everything from keeping your kitchen sparkling clean to maintaining your garden with pesticides. If you get professionals in to handle the problem, ask them how to prevent it from happening in the future.