Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Are Termites Harmful To Pets?

It is rare to come across a family that does not love pets. Most families in Singapore have at least one or more pets at home. Pets are considered as a great company and always make a home livelier. Essentially, a pet is just like a member of the family, and this is a clear indication that they ought to be kept not only protected, but also safe. As much as termite problems may affect you, they also affect pets such as birds, cats, dogs or iguanas. As you try to deal with termite problems at home, put your pet’s life into consideration. It is very possible for termite to bite cats, dogs or any other pets that you have at home. Even more worse, most of the termites are hidden and out of sight, and your pets seeing them can be difficult.

If you have termites at home, it is definitely a big problem that ought to be fixed. You will not only be able to save your home, but also your cherished pets. However, worry not because there are different treatment methods that you can apply to save your pets. With the help of an exterminator, you can opt for the best treatment that will be safe for both you and the pet. Most treatment methods usually require evacuation of the family. They require their food to be covered or removed from home completely. Fabrics and other material that may allow the treatment chemicals to seep in also ought to be removed. Nonetheless, the pets are even more delicate and need extra precaution lest there will be further damage or death.

Pet reactions to termite stings
There are different reactions that pets will exhibit when they have been stung by termites. The reactions do vary and if it is mild, there will be minimal pain or swell in the affected area. In this case, it is important to keep a close look at the pet and be on alert in case the symptoms worsen. It is equally advisable to involve a vet and get appropriate advice in case there are allergic reactions.

Dogs usually experience moderate reaction because of stings and bites. This can cause a vascular reaction on the skin that will eventually lead to hives or rapid swelling. There can also be redness on lips of the pet, around the neck or the eyes. This causes severe itching that will make the pet to be uncomfortable, or can even lead to life threatening conditions such as anaphylaxis. This is an allergic response that causes difficulties in breathing, eventually leading to death. It is important to take your pet to the hospital immediately you notice these symptoms. This happens to be one of the life threatening effects of termite infestation to pets.

Treatment precautions to observe
If you are to leave your home when the treatment is taking place, it is obvious that you are going to take the pets with you. It is common sense that if the place with not be safe or comfortable for you, it will also not be suitable for the pets. Nevertheless, this depends on the type of treatment that you are going to use. There are particular methods that will not require evacuation.
The pets are usually in danger even more than human beings. For instance, pets are smaller than human beings. As such, if the treatment method is comprised of something that is too small to cause harm to a person, it is likely not to be smaller to a dog, cat or any other pet. Most of these pets are susceptible to poisoning because of their small size. Rightly so, if the treatment method you use does not require you to leave, it is important to remove the pets before anything is done. Another reason why you ought to be careful with pets is their location at home. Since most homes in Singapore have a place for the pets down the floor, extra precaution is needed. It is, therefore, important to be extra careful with the treatment method used.

Pets also spend a lot of time outside the home. When there has been a treatment of termites, most of the foundations and exterior parts of the home are sprayed. It is also obvious that little precaution will be taken than when the spraying is done inside the house because people do not live outside. This is a good way of eradicating termites outside your home, but it can be harmful to pets such as dogs and cats. When these pets are outside their house, they usually bite, scratch and lick different places even where there is poison. As such, after the treatment has been done, it is important to keep the pets away from these areas that have been treated until it is considered safe.

Is evacuation needed for both people and pets?
Most termite control methods involve the use of liquid termiticides that are put to the soil that is around the house. This means that this will not expose the people inside the house to the treatment. Above all, most of the modern termiticides are usually odorless and have been manufactured at a concentration that is only effective to termites. This means that it is not harmful to human beings or animals especially when sprayed or used outside the house. However, the case is different when fumigation is applied. This is a technique that usually involves the tenting of a home and then a gas is injected in order to destroy the termites. In this type of termite treatment, people and pets are required to be evacuated. All plants and food items that are around the home should also be removed before the treatment commences.

Frequency of treatment
Most people believe that termite control is measure that should be done on a yearly basis. Only inspections can be done on an annual basis in order to confirm if the treatment administered was effective. Moreover, the period of treatment depends on the level or degree of termite infestation. The soil condition will also determine how often the treatment should be done.


Without a doubt, termites are harmful to human beings just as they are to pets. As you prepare to get rid of them, be sure to keep in mind of the vulnerability of the pets. Let the exterminators know of the presence of pets even before the process begins. This is a worthy measure so that the pets are safe and stay alive after the process of termite eradication.