What about my pets?
It is advisable to remove the animal or animals from the area during treatment.
Dogs and cats we recommend removing any food or water bowls before the service and then replacing the bowls after the service is completed and any products used have dried. If there is a treatment to be carried out to the exterior of the home, the ideal would be if the animal can be moved to a neighbour or friends property whilst the treatment is being carried out, if that is not possible then place the animal in the garage or laundry whilst the exterior is being treated. The animal can be returned outside once the products used have dried (3-4 hours dependent upon weather conditions).
Birds in small or mobile cages should be moved away from the area being treated (inside if possible) and covered if still on the property. Large aviaries need to be covered with tarps or similar whilst the treatment is being carried out.
Fish inside the premises should have the top of the tank covered in glad wrap and a towel or similar and the filter turned off. Fish ponds around the premises must have a tarp or similar covering them.
Reptiles are very susceptible to many pesticides and can be particularly susceptible to Pyrethrins which are very commonly used for pest management because of their low toxicity to, and persistence in humans. Therefore if there is a need to have pest control carried out it is best to have the reptile moved to another property whilst the treatment is carried out. If you cannot move the reptile to another property consider not having the interior of your home treated or maybe confining the reptile to one room and not treating that room.
Reptiles that are affected by Pyrethrins can be more adversely affected in cold weather, so if you must treat a pest try to wait until it is warm as the risk of poisoning dramatically reduces.
Other measures to take before a treatment is carried out is to remove food and water bowls and after an internal treatment mop all floors to remove any residue.