Making decisions about pest control during pregnancy can be difficult. Although the idea of extermination and pest removal is often tied to the use of pesticides and chemicals, there are actually many different treatment options available, some with no chemicals at all. Here is some information to help expecting mothers decide whether or not pest control is safe during pregnancy.
Always consult the professionals
Chemicals that are designed to kill bugs and other critters are not a good idea for pregnant women, as they can be harmful to both the mother and child. If used improperly, these chemicals can lead to health problems for both. Therefore, it is best to avoid using them altogether.
If you’re pregnant and have identified an infestation in your home or are scheduled for routine pest control services, it’s advised to contact the company first. Many companies today use integrated pest management (IPM) techniques that include pest exclusion and chemical-free treatments that are safe for both expecting women and the environment.
But, even in the event that there is a problem with pests that requires the use of pesticides, technicians will be able to apply the appropriate amounts to treat for the problem while having no effect on mom and baby. Parents may be asked to stay away from the treated area for a certain period of time if they do not feel that it is safe. Pest control technicians have been trained to use pesticides in homes with pets, children, and parents; thereby, they are well equipped to keep you and your entire family safe from any harmful side effects.
A pest infestation could be more harmful than treatment
Pests in your home can pose serious health risks, and the effects of a professional treatment may not be worth it. Rodents, cockroaches, and other pests can transmit germs, bacteria, and other harmful pathogens through contact, droppings, and urine. They can contaminate your kitchen, food, wall voids, and storage spaces with their filth, leaving you feeling ill. Mice are also known to transmit the respiratory disease Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which is potentially fatal—especially for someone with an already lowered immune system.
Cockroaches can be a huge health concern, especially for pregnant women who may already have sensitivities to different foods. When cockroaches scurry through trash and sewage, they can pick up bacteria and diseases on their legs and then track it all into your home. They can contaminate your kitchen in no time, and that is definitely something you want to avoid while carrying a child.
Having a pest infestation is a huge pain, and it can be really dangerous for you and your baby if you’re not careful. That’s why professional pest control services are so important. They can help you get rid of bugs safely, without having to worry about the harmful effects of extermination options. In the end, it’s always best to consult with your doctor to discuss all of your options and figure out what’s best for you and your family.