Pregnancy-Safe Ways To Get Rid Of Common Household Pets

Pregnancy is an exciting time -- but also a stressful one. At the same time you're preparing to welcome a new life into your home, you're inundated with anecdotes and articles about all the environmental dangers that may be lurking there. If you're struggling with pests in your home -- whether mice, fleas, bedbugs, mosquitoes, or even moles -- read on to learn about some treatment methods that are safe during pregnancy and contact a local pest control company like Guarantee Floridian Pest Control.

What problems can pests cause during pregnancy? 

Although you might be concerned about the use of pesticides or chemical-based traps for household pests, if left untreated, these pests may cause even more serious problems. Fleas can transmit illnesses that can harm you and even be passed along to your unborn child, while mice droppings can carry harmful viruses. As soon as you notice a pest issue, you should begin investigating treatment methods. These pests rarely leave on their own; ignoring the problem will only allow it to become worse.

What are pregnancy-safe methods to treat household pests? 

Studies show that 75 percent of pregnant women are exposed to household pesticides at some point during their pregnancy. This exposure does result in a slightly higher risk of certain birth defects. However, there are pregnancy-safe ways to eliminate many common household pests.

Mice and rats

You may feel that your only poison-free option to deal with a rodent infestation requires wooden snap traps or "live" sticky traps. Luckily, there are still some options available that won't require you or your spouse to bait or empty traps. 

  • Non-toxic "poisons"
    • There are several rat and mouse baits on the market that operate not by thinning the rodent's blood (as is true for most common poisons), but by harming their digestive system, which eventually leads to death. These baits are non-toxic and primarily composed of corn kernels and other natural sources.
    • Another DIY option for reducing your rodent population is to mix flour with sugar and plaster of Paris and leave it in an accessible location. After a mouse that has consumed this mixture drinks water, the plaster will harden internally, causing a quick death.
      • Another advantage to these methods is that there is very little risk of harming wildlife or other pets who may come across the poison. The digestive-system based poisons in particular are designed to harm only rodents, without affecting other animals.
  • Misdirection
    • A more humane, and also poison-free, alternative is to make your home or property unappealing to rodents. Dryer sheets, spearmint leaves or oil, and moth balls are just a few of the odors rodents find intolerable. Placing these items in the areas you've noticed rodent droppings should encourage them to seek refuge elsewhere. You'll also want to make your home less attractive to rodents by ensuring all food (even pet food) is kept in secure containers.

Fleas

Combating fleas without using harmful pesticides requires treatment at the source. If you have an outdoor pet, this is likely the source of your infestation. Fortunately, most topical flea treatments are not harmful to pregnant women, and some treatments are entirely internal (your pet simply takes a pill that makes his or her blood smell unappetizing to the little critters). 

Once you've taken care of the source, you can tackle the fleas that have made their home in your carpet or textiles. Frequent vacuuming (with a canister vacuum) will help remove any fleas or eggs remaining in your carpet. There are also non-toxic carpet powders which can be applied and then vacuumed. Although it may take a bit more work than "flea bombing" your home, these methods will ensure a flea-free home while posing no risk to you or your unborn child.

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