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Pest Control Safety Questions

Looking for a reliable pest control company can feel like hard work. One thing you should always look out for is that they have a clear health and safety policy in place. Every reputable pest control company will have strict guidelines that they stick to. This is so that they can keep their customers and staff safe during pest treatments. People ask us a whole range of pest control questions. Here are our top pest control safety FAQ about health and safety in pest control.

How is everyone’s safety considered?

Pest control firms have to take the health and safety of their customers into account. But they also need to protect themselves as well. This is why technicians should be specially trained in using the chemicals and treatments involved in eradicating pests.

When is it safe after fumigation or fogging?

For the sake of pest control safety, your technician will not allow you to enter the area where fumigation treatments are taking place. Your pest controller will tell you when it’s the appropriate time to return to the premises. This is usually after around 4 hours.

How will the treatment area be protected?

Pest technicians will advise their customers to stay away from the treatment area until it is safe to return. Their guidance should come with clear instructions on what the customer needs to do post-treatment.

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Pest technicians should also use personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times for extra pest control safety. This is to keep everyone healthy and safe after the extermination is done.

How safe are bait boxes?

You can catch many types of pest with bait boxes because They can offer a humane solution. These boxes should be tamper-resistant to ensure maximum safety at all times. No one but the pest technician must try to open the bait boxes. Customers should not move them from where the expert has placed them. When you place and empty bait boxes, it is also important to consider the safety of household pets.

How is the environment protected?

Reputable pest controllers will have environmental policies in place. These minimise the effects on the environment from pesticides used during treatments. Some companies, like Diamond, are members of the Think Wildlife campaign.

Are pesticides used in every treatment?

Technicians should only use pesticides when there are no other options available. We will access your specific situation and the use of pesticides will vary on a case to case basis.

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Therefore, where it’s practical, we will recommend a non-pesticide treatment. This is because we are committed to reducing the impact of  pesticides on our customers and the planet.

How are waste chemicals disposed of?

When a pest control company uses pesticides, they have to dispose of them in an appropriate way that complies with all chemical regulations. Check with any pest company you hire to see what code they follow to dispose of their waste chemicals. As a result, you will feel much better about your role in conserving the environment.

Are there pest control safety regulations to follow?

Yes, the government set out numerous pest control laws for the public and pest controllers to follow. Technicians and the public must both carry out pest control in accordance with these government guidelines. The authorities set these out to protect the pest control safety of both humans and animals.

What about tool and equipment safety?

A responsible firm will mark their pest control tools and equipment appropriately with hazard symbols. They will also equip their vehicles to store and transport pesticides safely as well. Diamond, for example, has a fleet of modern vehicles at your service. We always take pest control safety very seriously.

Should I receive any safety paperwork?

Your pest controller may give you a risk assessment as part of your treatment plan. This is something every technician should carry out when they visit your property. This pest control risk assessment will usually include safety information. For example: what products the technician used, the areas they treated, who carried out the work and what equipment they used.


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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