catFor pet owners, pest control can be challenging. While you want to get rid of the insects or rodents in your home, you don’t want to harm your furry friends. To control pests while keeping your pets safe, try these pest-friendly Orlando pest control tips from Apex.

Make Your Home Less Attractive to Pests

To safely control pests, take steps to make your home less appealing to them. Pests are always looking for food, water, and shelter, and you don’t want them to find what they need in your home.

Remove any sources of food that could attract insects or rodents. Clean your kitchen regularly to get rid of crumbs. Store your food out of reach of pests, like in containers with tight-fitting lids. Don’t forget to clean up any of your pet’s uneaten food, too.

Leaking faucets or slow-draining sinks could give pests the water sources they need, so fix plumbing problems right away. Outside of your home, get rid of standing water to reduce mosquito breeding areas.

Find and seal any cracks or holes in the exterior of your home to keep pests outside. Ensure your window screens aren’t torn or missing and install door sweeps under exterior doors. Get rid of clutter to reduce hiding places for any pests that manage to sneak inside.

Use Pesticides Carefully

Despite your best efforts to keep pests out, you might sometimes need to use pesticides. To keep your pets safe, always apply pesticides carefully. Before you start, read the label and follow all the directions. Pesticide labels often provide information about protecting your pets, so read carefully.

Before you apply a pesticide, ensure your pets are out of the area. Toys, food bowls, bedding, and other pet items should be removed, too. Keep pets away for the length of time noted on the product label.

If you’re using baits, make sure they’re placed in areas your pets can’t access. Pets are curious and can dig up baits.

It’s important to note that natural pest control methods aren’t always safer for pets. For example, some people use garlic as a natural insect repellent, but garlic is toxic to cats and dogs.

Get Help from the Professionals

Safely applying pesticides can be complicated, especially when pets are involved. If you’re worried, don’t hesitate to get help from the professionals. At Apex, our highly trained technicians have the skills and experience to use pesticides safely. Be sure to mention what pets you have and where they’ll be during the pest control visit.  

Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Orlando pest control companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more!