Pest Control and Babies
Exterminating and pesticide use around small children
Many parents may feel like it’s a catch-22. They have pests they need to get rid, yet the products are not the best thing to bring around their family. For starters, if you are going to bring them into the home or garage, always keep them properly labeled and locked up.
“Always keep them away from children, preferably in a locked cabinet in a garage, or basement,” says Dr. David Olson, a pediatrician from Traverse City, Michigan. “Always keep them in original containers. We have seen far too many of these poisons stored in common containers, such as pop bottles. Kids will sample anything in a container like this, and some of these products are so toxic that a small sip can mean major problems.”
In fact, the EPA reports that there are around two million poisoning incidents per year in America, with more than 50 percent of them involving children under the age of 6. Also, 90 percent of those calls involve poisonings that took place in the family home.
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