Will Pest Control Hurt Cats — Carter’s student essay

Will Pest Control Hurt Cats?

When considering pest control, many homeowners need to consider how pest control will affect their pets. In the United States, cats are the most common house pet, as there are 86 million pet cats in the U.S. Luckily for cat owners, the majority of pest control treatments do not affect their furry friends. 

Pest control professionals spend lots of time ensuring that their treatments wipe out unwanted critters, but leave humans and pets unharmed. In fact, pest control can be beneficial for your feline friends. Although most treatments are perfectly safe for mammals, be sure to tell your service provider about all members of your family including pets.

Pest control typically uses a liquid mixture sprayed onto surfaces near corners and baseboards in a home. Pest control often focuses on basement and attic areas as well. The liquid mixture typically takes anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours to dry. 

Once the surfaces in your home are completely dry, they typically pose no threat to pets or humans. Additionally, these mixtures usually have a low concentration of toxic materials, usually around one percent. 

Furthermore, application methods use relatively large droplets, so that the pesticides don’t linger in the air. This means that danger due to inhalation is very low, and as long as the surfaces in your home are dry, you and your kitties are safe.

People in protective suits planning to do disinfection with chemicals

When considering pest control, remember that bugs can actually cause harm to pets. Bugs can transmit diseases, carry allergens, and even feast on your pets. Critters like mosquitoes and bedbugs are known to carry diseases and transmit them to humans and pets, so pest control is a good option to ensure that your pet stays safe from disease. 

Pesticides also take out fleas and ticks, which are known as threats to cats and their well-being. Other insects like bees and wasps tend to cause allergic reactions to pets and humans. Pest control works to eliminate these allergen-carrying insects. This means pest control benefits both humans and pets by taking out bugs that bother both humans and pets.

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Although most treatments are harmless to you and your pet, be sure to have a conversation with your service provider. Tell them about any pets, including cats that you have in your home. Depending on the treatment, they may have you keep your pet in a room that isn’t getting treated until the pesticides dry. They may also have you and your pet leave the house for a few hours. Treatments are customized, and depending on the treatment your house is getting, precautions may vary. Remember that if you have any doubts, it’s good to be safe rather than sorry.

In conclusion, most treatments aren’t harmful to cats, and they can even help to benefit your feline friend’s quality of life by eliminating threats to their health. Although the treatments are typically safe, treatments vary and are catered to what your home needs most. Make sure to let your service provider know about your pet and find a solution that works well for you and your family. If your pet is acting unusual after your home’s treatment, do not hesitate to take them to a veterinarian.

Author: Carter Parks

Arizona State University
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