Should I Apply an Insecticide to My Lawn?
While insecticides can be very effective in preventing pests or treating infestations, we strongly recommend consulting with an expert to develop an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific property. Insecticides should always be used as a last resort against pests, and it’s important to use them correctly to avoid putting your health or landscape at risk.
Are Insecticides Safe?
When applied and monitored by a qualified professional, insecticides don’t pose a threat to your health or safety. That said, insecticides do contain potent chemicals that can be harmful if misused. Selecting the wrong formula for your needs or applying the insecticide incorrectly could damage your health, your landscape, and the environment. Particularly if you have pets or small children, it’s important to work with an expert who can help you minimize your risk while still getting great results.
Can Insecticides Damage My Plants?
As with any potent chemical product, insecticides can damage your lawn and other plants if they aren’t applied correctly. Accidentally using too much or using the wrong type for your needs could do a lot more harm than good. Not only could they be ineffective against pests, but they could disrupt your lawn’s natural life cycle and cause long-term health issues or even death.
How Long Should I Stay Off My Lawn After Applying an Insecticide?
If you applied the insecticide yourself, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging to see how long you, your pets, and anyone else should stay away from the lawn. If a licensed professional applied the insecticide, they will tell you how long you should wait before walking on the grass. You should typically wait around 24 hours before touching or bringing pets onto the grass after applying an insecticide.
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What Happens If I Accidentally Touch a Pesticide Product?
As with any potentially toxic chemical, you need to take quick action if you come into contact with an insecticide. Remove any potentially contaminated clothes and wash your skin with gentle soap and water. If you inhaled the product, move to a well-ventilated area. If you ingested the product, call poison control immediately. Also seek medical attention as quickly as possible if you notice adverse effects such as rashes, dizziness, eye irritation, or shortness of breath.
Professional Lawn Pest Control Services
The best way to beat pests while protecting your health and safety is to get professional lawn pest control services. Licensed experts use a variety of all-natural techniques to deter pests from invading your property in the first place. They use targeted pesticides only as a last result to minimize your risk of exposure to potent chemicals. Lawn care technicians also work closely with you to develop a long-term pest prevention plan that is tailored to your unique property and lifestyle needs. If you need great lawn pest control, call an expert today!