No one wants harm to come to their children nor their pets, and some forms of pest control can do just that. Poison left out for pests can be found by children and pets, and possibly consumed. Pesticides can also pose a threat to developing young children. No one wants that at all for their children,
Today we’ll cover some tips on what to do if your child or pet has gotten into something toxic, and also how to keep them away from pesticides in the first place.
What to do if your pet or child has been in contact with pesticides
Remain calm. This step is obvious, but important. Take a few deep breaths, and concentrate on what needs to be done. If possible, ask someone to calm your child or your pet while you handle the situation.
Find the container of the pesticide. Often time pesticides will come with warnings, and what to do if the product is used improperly. It’s possible that in some situations you will only need to apply water to the affected area. Reading the warnings provided on the label will help you determine how serious the situation is. Even if the label doesn’t have warnings or instructions, it is still important to know what type of pesticide your pet or child has consumed.
Call poison control. The national number is 1 (800) 222-1222. You can also navigate to http://webpoisoncontrol.org/. Try to have the container on-hand when calling, this can help the poison control experts determine best how to help your loved one. If you aren’t sure how serious the situation is, call or get online. It’s much better to thoroughly investigate a false alarm, than to risk the health of your child or pet.
If poison control is unavailable, go to the nearest hospital, and bring the container.
Tips on keeping kids and pets away from pesticides
These steps are simple but they will help keep your loved ones safe.
Store pesticides out of reach of children or pets. This can mean either in a locked room or shed, or high up on hard to reach shelves, or cupboards.
Return the pesticide to its place after every single use. This is the hardest part, every time you’re done using the pesticide, put it back in its designated space immediately. This, more than anything, will help keep your pets, children or both safe.
Teach your children about the dangers that pesticides pose. Your children will be less likely to get into pesticides if they know that they are poisonous.
Consider marking pesticide containers with poison stickers. If the containers are not already marked, you can do that yourself. If you teach your kids to avoid poison labels, they will be more cautious around your pesticides.
Pesticides, when used improperly can be dangerous. Let us help keep your family safe, at Mantis Pest Solutions, we have over 30 years of experience liberating homes from pests. It is difficult to keep pesticides where your children or pets can’t get to them. We can de-pest your home for you, and when we’re done, we pack up, and don’t leave anything dangerous behind. The safety and comfort of our customers is our number one priority.
Thanks Mantis. You saved my family.Tom Simpson