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Keeping Kids Safe Around Pest Control

How do you keep kids safe around pest control? If you have a pest control issue (and young children), then you may have this question on your mind. Obviously you want to get rid of the pests, but also want to avoid your children being harmed. Luckily, modern pest control methods are extremely safe. However, it is highly important that you implement precautionary measures if there are children on the affected property.

How to protect children when doing pest control

To make sure your children are safe around pest control, you can consider the following procedures.

1. Make sure tamper-proof traps are used

The latest traps are considered highly safe. The reason for this is the fact that they are completely enclosed and also tamper proof. This means children have no way of coming into contact with any poison that may be contained inside.

bait station

Most tamper proof traps can only be opened by the pest technicians. Therefore, children cannot touch any pests that become trapped inside either. When hiring a pest control company, be certain to ask if they use these kind of traps.

2. Keep kids out of the affected area

To ensure children are protected during pest control, keep them out of the home while the pest control treatment is being carried out. You’ll also want to keep them away for longer than you would do an adult. Ask your pest controller what the recommended length of time is for your specific extermination procedure. This point should also apply when taking precautions for pets during pest treatments.

3. Keep poisons and traps out of their reach

Traps should be placed in out-of-the-way places that kids cannot access. Children crawl around and play on the floor, and may come into contact with poisons if these products are not strictly contained. What’s more, kids often put their fingers into their mouths, and this can lead to disaster.

poison bait

Kids are more susceptible to toxic substances because their internal organs are still developing. This means that a dose of poison that only mildly affects an adult may be seriously dangerous for children.

4. Use eco-friendly pest control

The danger with children and pest control is often because pesticides are used. You can avoid this by using eco-friendly methods. Many environmentally friendly techniques are generally considered safer for children. You may also want to investigate methods such as heat treatments which are chemical free.

These methods for keeping kids safe around pest control do not only apply to families. If you’re in any way involved with the care of children, then they should also be implemented. This can apply to pest control policies in schools, people who run nurseries, venues or activities that cater to kids, and also to child-minders.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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