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Side Effects of Pest Control & How to Avoid Them

Over the years, pest control has become very common amongst residential and commercial areas. The need for people to be able to control their environment and the space in which they reside is constantly increasing which has led to an increased demand for pest control services. Alongside of this increase in demand, there has also been extensive research on the topic of pest control and more and more side effects are constantly being discovered.

Since the chemicals that help us exterminate and keep away insects also have certain side effects on our bodies, it is important for everyone to be aware of them and also know how to best prevent any allergic reactions. With Spartan Pest Control Calgary, you need not worry about the safety of your pets and yourself.


How Pest Control Causes Side Effects

When certain pest control chemicals are sprayed around a building, humans tend to breathe in some of them. This action results in some chemicals settling on the skin and some even being absorbed into the body. The most commonly ingested chemicals through pest control include Abamectin, Fipronil, Bifenthrin, Pyrethrum and IGR.

Consistent exposure to such chemicals can cause some side effects. These can be further divided into immediate effects or effects that emerge after prolonged exposure.


Side Effects on Pets

Pets can be exposed to these harmful chemicals in many ways such as licking the chemicals off of a surface, running around and stepping into them and even breathing inside the chemicals. This exposure could lead to anorexia, fever, accelerated heart rate, vomiting, depression, diarrhea or a lack of coordination in your pet. While this behavior will typically wear off in a few day’s time, your pet could also be properly treated with medication by a professional vet.

The best method of avoiding such a situation is to keep pets away for the longest time possible once your house has been treated. Confirm from your pest control agency when it would be safe to bring the pet back and only bring them back after that time period. Since pets are highly sensitive, it is safer to not allow them any exposure to harmful pest control chemicals.


Side Effects on Humans

Immediate side effects are those that can occur immediately once a person is exposed to pest control chemicals. While this reaction differs from individual to individual, it most commonly causes light-headedness, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, watery eyes, and sweating. The intensity of the chemical that a person is exposed to plays a huge part in determining the extent of the side effect. Since chemicals are ingested by breathing, it is best to wear a protective mask when entering the premises that has been treated with pest control chemicals. Additionally, one should make sure that they do not touch any surfaces and immediately wash their hands after coming in contact with the chemical.

While prolonged exposure to chemicals will not cause any serious effects in the short run, the chemical build-up could lead to a serious consequence in the future. These side effects include a feeling of being unwell, fatigue, weakness, and inability to concentrate. It is important for everyone to vacate the area being treated for a time period of at least seven days after the procedure. Once the intensity of the chemicals has worn off, only then is it safe for humans to openly breathe and touch the areas that were treated.