Are Termites Dangerous to Pets?

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Whether it’s dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, fish or even iguanas, Americans love their pets. More than 60 percent of American homes have at least one pet, and there are 164 million pets throughout the country. Many owners consider pets to be like a member of the family, so they obviously want to keep them safe and protected.

If you’re dealing with a termite problem in your home, you may be concerned that the safety of your pets is in jeopardy – but fear not. Although it’s possible for termites to bite dogs and cats (and even humans), it’s very unlikely. Since the vast majority of termites live hidden out of sight anyway, your pets probably won’t even encounter them.

Treatment: a different story

If you know anything about termites, you realize that a termite infestation cannot be allowed to linger. Termites can cause serious damage to the structural integrity of your home, and they won’t go away without treatment.

A small, isolated termite problem can be dealt with in different ways, such as with microwave treatment or electro guns. These are relatively safe treatment options that are only used as needed.

During structural fumigation, a professional pest control company will cover your home with a brightly-colored tent and pump it full of pesticides. The pesticides will be able to permeate every part of the home, thereby exterminating all termites. The house will then be aired out to allow for reentry. Once the pesticides are cleared, we will go through every room in the house to ensure it is safe.

Because of the presence of abundant pesticides, your pets will have to be relocated during fumigation. The pesticides can be very harmful to them. However, once the home is safe for you to reenter, your pets will be able to return without worry.

So don’t worry about termites hurting Fido; instead, worry about what those termites are doing to your precious home and contact us today!

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