A pest infestation in your home is horrible at the best of times, but when you have small children in the house, this situation can become a hundred times more stressful.
Your home could be infested from anything from mice or rats to wasps or fleas – these won’t only cause damage to your property, they could also cause hygiene issues, particularly for your young children.
Then you have to try and get rid of them
Picture the scene: You have set up a trap to catch the mouse you saw run across the lounge floor and instead of catching the pest, it ends up squashing little fingers, as your two-year-old reaches for the piece of cheese you were using as bait. Or, even worse, your small children find the dead pests before you do, touching them and putting their little fingers in their mouths afterwards.
Of course there are other traditional methods you could use, but these could be incredibly dangerous for young children if they were to accidentally consume any of it.
So, how do you manage the pest infestation and keep your children safe at the same time?
Live traps are a more humane way to get rid of pests and are safe to use around food, water, children and pets. You simply have to set and bait them, and then you can get rid of up to 30 mice at a time without ever having to see or touch them. Check out Victorpest to find out more and order the right one for you.
You could make your own insect spray! This combines the repellent effects of garlic, onion and hot pepper with the insecticide of soap – just as effective at removing pests, while being a lot less dangerous for your small children.
Call in the experts
If the infestation has got to the point where you don’t know how to deal with it anymore, or you simply don’t want to deal with it yourself, why not call in the experts? Simply enter your postcode into the ‘Report a Pest Problem’ page on the government site and you will be taken to the correct page of your local council, where you can find and book the right service for you area.
This way you can take the children out of the house while the experts deal with the issue! If it is a day, great - a trip to the park with the kids should be all it takes to get it sorted, if this issue is ongoing you may want to stay with friends or family for a few days.
If you already experienced pests in your home or want to avoid ending up in the above situation, then you should make sure you are always looking out for them. Keep an eye out for signs that they could have taken up residence in your home, such as droppings, nests, insects and so on.
Also, do everything you can to keep them away; lids on bins, all food put away, don’t leave dirty dishes on the side, etc. If you have been considering getting a pet, then it might be time to add a cat to your family. Their litter tray can be left in any potential problem areas, as their urine alone will scare off any pests.
The sooner you tackle the situation, should it arise, the sooner it can be sorted and the less damage it can do to your home or your young children.