Pests in your home can pose health risks for your family and friends. Rodents such as rats and mice can carry and transmit diseases including Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Leptospirosis, Plague, Salmonellosis, and many more. Insects and other bug pests such as dust mites, bed bugs, and lice can cause allergic reactions and lead to major discomfort. With developing immune systems and a penchant for unsanitary exploring, children are particular risk for exposure to health-related issues caused by household pests. Even worse, children can also be negatively affected by harmful chemicals found in common pest control products. If you are dealing with pests on your property, you need a solution that both eliminates pests and keeps your kids safe in the process.
At EcoClear Products, we’re here to help. On this page, we discuss child safe pest and rodent control, providing tips and tricks for treating and preventing pests while keeping your kids safe. We also provide information and resources on our very own eco-friendly pest control products — 100%-safe to use around kids and pets. Read on to learn more, and shop kid-safe pest control solutions with us now!
Treating Common Pests and Rodents Without Harming Your Children
If you are dealing with a pest problem in your home or garden, you want to be sure to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Pests ranging from rodents to insects can pose serious health risks for all those on your property — especially your kids. Unfortunately, many pest control products can also be harmful to kids if touched or accidentally ingested. Keeping your kids safe during pest control means knowing how to use potentially harmful products responsibly. Keeping kids away from treated areas and closely following directions on product packaging are essentials. However, for truly kid-safe pest control, you may want to consider ditching common commercial pest control products in favor of kid-safe, eco-friendly alternatives like our solutions here at EcoClear Products. Learn more about kid-safe pest control and our products below.
Tips for Child-Safe Pest Control in Your Home and Yard
Are you using common pesticides to treat pests in your home or garden? You’ll want to be sure to take proper precautionary measures to ensure that you aren’t exposing your children to harmful chemicals. Follow these steps to keep kids on your property safe during pest control.
Remove toys or furniture from your yard that could accidentally get sprayed with the product(s)
Cover the sandboxes and other play areas to prevent any accidental contact with the spray
If you’re spraying pesticides in your yard, wait until they have completely dried before letting your kids out to play. If you’re using granular pesticides, keep kids off of the treated area until granules are no longer visible
Safely Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Child’s Room
Among the many pests that can invade your home, bed bugs are one of most common and, historically, the most difficult to control. One of the most insidious of bed bugs is their ability infest virtually any human-inhabited environment. Whether you’re a clean freak or lead a bit more of a relaxed household, bed bugs don’t discriminate. As our children’s bedrooms are one of the main targets for these parasitic pests, safety is the main concern for ridding your home of these unwanted pests.
How to Identify a Bed Bug Infestation:
Bed bug infestations are not always as obvious as they might seem, but preliminary signs to look for are rashes or red itchy bumps on your child’s body. It is a good idea to take your child to a physician who can confirm if these skin symptoms are a result of bed bugs.
The next step is to inspect the area around your child’s bed. Look around the seam of your mattress, the box spring, and headboard for any signs of bed bugs.You are not only looking for bugs but also “bed bug dirt” (their fecal matter), which looks similar to ground black pepper and dried blood. In addition to the bed, check furniture, clothing, hard-to-reach places, and stuffed animals that might host the pests.
How to Get Rid of a Bed Bug Infestation:
Now that the bed bug infestation has been identified, the next step is to get rid of the pests in the safest and most efficient way possible for your children.
One of the simplest ways to get rid of bedbugs on your own in your kid’s room is to replace his or her mattress and sheets, and wash all clothing and soft toys on the hot wash cycle and the dryer on high heat, as bed bugs can’t withstand temperatures above 113 degrees. Regularly vacuum the area and caulk any holes or possible entry points for bugs.
Apply broad spectrum pesticide to kill bed bugs wherever you find them in your child’s room. Learn more about our child-safe, highly-effective insecticides here at EcoClear Products in the following sections.
For further preventative care, educate your children on what bed bugs look like and how to identify them when they are at a friend’s house or a school. You can also consult with your children’s daycare or school to learn if they have protocols in place if there is a suspected infestation.
Choosing Safer Pest Control for Kids
Finding a pest control that is right for the infestation on your property can be considerably more difficult when safety is considered. Many pest control products on the market today contain harmful ingredients, such as anticoagulants, sodium borate, strychnine, bromethalin, zinc phosphide, and cholecalciferol. Thankfully, there are several kid-safe alternatives to explore, including our many eco-friendly pest control solutions here at EcoClear Products. Further, there are several steps you can take to prevent and control pests in your home before turning to specialized control products. These steps include:
Maintain a clutter-free home. Pests love mess. Keeping your home free of piles of trash and litter eliminates places for pests to hide and seek shelter. Keep a routine where you tidy up each night to maintain a clean and sanitary environment.
Vacuum carpets and cracks and crevices regularly. Pests can easily embed themselves in carpet and hide out in cracks and other hard-to-reach locations. Keeping these areas clean will help keep your home pest-free.
Store all of your food and dog food in airtight containers. Rodents and bugs both steal food from open containers indoor spaces. By properly sealing and storing your food, you can dissuade pests of all kinds from making their homes in your home.
Inspect your home for any openings or cracks where pests may enter your house. Small holes in areas behind sinks, along baseboards, and around windows are perfect entry points for pests. Repair these openings to decrease your chances of ever having to deal with an infestation.
Pest Control That’s Safe for Kids & Families
When preventative measures fail and pest control becomes a necessity on your property, you need a pest control solution that takes care of your pest problem without placing your children at risk in the process. Made from naturally-derived ingredients, our revolutionary pest control solutions here at EcoClear Products are 100%-biodegradable and safe to use around people, pets, and wildlife. They are the perfect choice for eco-minded households and families with kids and pets.
For rodent infestations, we offer a number of specialized, kid-safe solutions. For mice, we recommend our MouseX® products — available in both pellets and MouseX® Ready Trays.
For rats, we recommend our RatX® and RatRid® product lines. Our RatX® Rat and Mouse Attractant spray can be used to increase the odor and attractive potency of MouseX®, RatX®, and RatRid® rodenticides.
Dealing with bugs in your home or garden?Take care of them safely with one of our many Stop Bugging Me!™ products. For bugs in your lawn or garden, we recommend Stop Bugging Me!™ Lawn and Garden Outdoor Pest Control, designed to exterminate and deter a wide range of outdoor bugs, including ants, aphids, mites, ticks, grubs, Japanese beetles, mosquitoes, and more. For indoor bug infestations, we recommend our Stop Bugging Me!™ topical sprays and highly-effective Stop Bugging Me!™ Laundry Additive, both of which provide kid-safe, broad-spectrum control for indoor bugs such as spiders, dust mites, bed bugs, flies, cockroaches, and more.
Keep Your Kids Safe: Shop EcoClear Products for Your Pest Control Needs
Keeping your kids safe during pest control should always be a top priority. Don’t settle for harmful products — instead, invest in effective, eco-friendly solutions that are safe to use around kids. Shop EcoClear Products online, or use our Store Locator to find an EcoClear Products retailer near you. To learn more about kid-safe pest control and the many benefits of our products, contact us directly to speak with a member of our team today!