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Pest Control and Safety

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Safe pest control has been a hot topic for years, ever since scientists began to understand the environmental and health impacts of many pesticides used in the mid-twentieth century. Pesticides like DDT were commonly used between World War II and the early 1960’s before the environmental risks were discovered. Since then, pesticides have become safer. Homeowners still need to exercise caution in order to reduce their risk of harming the environment or themselves.

There are many products out there labeled, “all natural” or “safe,” however we often see situations where homeowners have not followed directions when applying these products. This includes using outdoor-only products inside and over applying the product. One issue with many of these over-the-counter products is that they are not very strong. This can lead to insects building resistance to the product, making it less effective.

It is important to know that no pesticide is 100% safe, simply because all pesticides are designed to eliminate insects. Clegg’s uses the most current methods and products for the safest pest management possible, and our technicians are trained on the proper use of these products. Pesticides applied by our technicians are targeted where the insects hide, reducing the risks to your family. Your family’s safety is our first priority.

Pesticides are only part of an integrated approach to pest control and management. In many cases, finding the access point(s) in your home and sealing them will keep pests out. When we are talking about something as tiny as ants, this can be challenging!

Other pests that can cause safety issues when you are outside working or playing in your yard are yellow jackets and bees. Both may build nests underground, and unknowing homeowners may disturb them. Both may be aggressive when defending their nests, resulting in multiple stings for the homeowner who initially finds the nest or attempts to remove it. We recommend calling in a professional to treat yellow jackets and bees.

A final warning: beware of nuisance wildlife. In most cases, if you leave animals alone they will not bother you. Unfortunately, when you have a squirrel, opossum, raccoon or other animal move into your home, you must get them out and remove access to your home so they cannot re-enter. While the incidence of rabies in squirrels and opossum has traditionally been low, there are other animals known as “rabies vector species” that are at higher risk of contracting rabies. These include raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, and groundhogs. If you attempt to remove any animal from your property and are bitten, you should immediately wash the area with soap and water, and contact your local health department for direction. Clegg’s recommends you call a professional if you have a problem with nuisance wildlife.

If you have safety questions regarding pest control, feel free to email us or give us a call. We would be happy to speak with you.