Do-it-yourself Pesticides- Are you misusing pesticides?
When was the last time you may have bought a product from your local hardware store to spray some ants or a bomb to rid your home of fleas? Did you read the label before you used the product? Did someone at the store go over the precautions and preparation you need to perform before you spray your chemical? I can bet they didn’t, unless you came to my retail area at Ford’s Hometown Services. I can tell you why you don’t need to “bomb” your house for fleas and give you specific instructions on what you need to do both before and after treatment. I get calls from people who say they have “bombed and bombed” to rid their home of fleas and they still have them. So, I start from square one and tell them to stop over-spraying pesticides.
1. Over application of pesticide can make your family and especially pets sick. I cannot stress this enough. In the case of setting off bombs, you are getting pesticide EVERYWHERE, light switches, doorknobs, counter tops, bedding, and other places you and your family will eventually touch. Not to mention all the areas you don’t need pesticide like your ceiling. New sprays are designed to target the growth of fleas and stop it. These sprays are not bombs. You control where the insecticide is sprayed limiting your family and pets exposure.
2. Some activity will always occur after you spray insecticides. Different stages of insects will hatch and need to come into contact with the pesticide. So be patient. Fleas in the pupae stage are protected from chemicals and will hatch into adults even if you have sprayed. The newly hatched adults will come into contact with the chemical and eventually die.
3. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum Both before and after flea treatment. This will remove eggs and pupae from your carpet, reducing the soon-to-be adult fleas.
4. Speak to your veterinarian about flea control for your animal.
I am always happy to help those who want to try to solve their insect problem, but sometimes it is best to have a professional come in first. If you buy a product from Ford’s Hometown Services, save your receipt. If within one year you hire us to solve the problem that you were unable to, we will deduct the amount you spent on the do-it-yourself product. That’s what we call Premiere Customer Service. Stop in and see us. 549 Grove Street, Worcester MA.