Bugs – the pesky, little mischievous, unwelcomed guests that easily become our ‘sworn enemies’ as the summer breeze lures us out in our gardens and balconies. Naturally, to avoid getting our own and our pets’ bodies covered with itchy bites we reach for the pest control sprays.
But, can they cause more damage than the pests themselves?
Let’s take a closer look at what it actually means to be a ‘pet-friendly’ pest control spray, as well as the list of the best pet-friendly pest control sprays that could help us save our precious summer!
Labels can be misleading – natural ≠ pet-friendly
Albeit some of the organic, natural sprays are undoubtedly safer than the synthetic ones, still, the mist or fumes of some of these sprays can be toxic to our pets if they inhale or get covered by it.
What we want to point out is that natural doesn’t equal pet-friendly, as there are plenty of natural substances that can be deadly and toxic to our pets. Therefore, when buying pest control sprays, we need to ensure that they are pet-friendly as well, meaning the spray dries quickly once it’s applied, and then is safe for your pets.
If the spray is still toxic for pets once dried, then it is not a pet-friendly spray.
The 5 Best Pet-Friendly Pest Control Sprays
There are pet-friendly pest control sprays with both synthetic (man-made chemicals) and natural, organic chemicals; either type can be safe for your pets if it is pet-friendly and used properly.
Here we have compiled a list of the best pet-friendly pest control sprays:
1. Ortho Home Defense MAX Insect Killer
Ortho Home Defense MAX Insect Killer is a well-known pesticide that is specifically designed for outdoor pest control.
This spray comes with a sprayer handle with an adjustable nozzle that allows inside use as well.
Just keep pets out of the area until you spray the area and it completely dries out.
2. Natural Chemistry Natural Botanical Yard & Kennel Spray™
Natural Chemistry Natural Botanical Yard & Kennel Spray™ is a naturally-based spray specifically designed for outdoor areas (yards, pools, patios, gardens & kennels) to kill and repel pests.
This spray can be used around animals of all ages.
3. MDXconcepts Organic Home Pest Control Spray
MDXconcepts Organic Home Pest Control Spray is an all-natural, non-toxic, chemical-free pesticide that kills the pests that come to your indoors and outdoors.
Bear in mind that it is a pesticide, not a repellent, so it can kill bugs that are already there, but won’t repel them and keep them out.
4. Eco Defense Home Pest Control Spray
Eco Defense Home Pest Control Spray is considered a natural, non-toxic alternative to chemical-based pest control products.
This spray can be used to keep your home pest & insects free; it is considered both fast-acting and long-lasting.
5. Raid Wasp & Hornet Killer Spray
Raid Wasp & Hornet Killer Spray is an easy aerosol to use.
This spray is specifically designed solely for outdoor areas and is considered an effective broad-spectrum insecticide that could easily kill many types of insect infestations.
What’s important to keep in mind
The amount and concentration of a substance are as important as the substance itself.
It is crucial that you use the sprays in moderation or in small doses, following the directions of the package and making sure that you keep your pets away from the treated area for a couple of days, or at least until it dries.