Educating Children About Pests
It’s important to sit down and have a talk with your children about the dangers of pests, what pests are, and what to do when they spot pests. Over the course of your child’s life it’s likely to be something that they’ll have to deal with.
What are Pests?
It’s important to make sure your child understands the difference between pets and pests. Your child should understand that the pet mouse in the glass aquarium is supposed to be around. However, a mouse running around the house at night trying to find its next meal is not a pet. A typical list of household pest includes: ants, bed bugs, bees, beetles, cockroaches, fleas, flies, rats, ticks, and spiders. These are common pests that your child can probably recognize as unwanted pests. Though Gophers, mice, and opossums are also considered pests your child may have a hard time understanding why people may want to kill them. It should be stressed that they stay away from these animals, you may want avoid discussing killing them.
Are Pests Dangerous?
Some pests are dangerous and your child should recognize the difference between dangerous and non-dangerous pests. Discuss the difference in coloring, such as red fire ants (dangerous) and black ants (non-dangerous). The difference in common household spiders such as a wolf spider and what to do when they see one. It’s a good idea for children to keep away from all types of gophers, opossums, raccoons, mice, and rats. Most of these pests are dangerous to both adults and children alike and can potentially carry diseases such as rabies.
What to do When You Spot a Pest
If a child spots a mouse, gopher, rat, or opossum they should immediately tell an adult. They should also be able to recognize the droppings and if they spot animal droppings avoid touching them and vacate the area. The adult can then take the proper steps in order to make sure that the pest is handled correctly. The child should take the same approach for spiders and other potential poisonous insects.
Of course if you have a pest problem in your home or on your property, eliminating your pest problem ensures the safety of your children. For professional Phoenix pest control service contact Green Home Pest Control. We use non-toxic EcoSmart technology and provide best-rated guaranteed services.
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