Killer in a Can: The Truth about Spray-On Pest Defense
When coming across a bug in your home, what’s the first thing that people most often do? Some may shriek, some may run away to find cover, and others may run into the garage or look under the sink to grab a hand can of insecticide. Sure, screaming and running away may not solve your problem, but insect sprays may do the trick—yet there is a lot of debate out there on whether or not they are useful against critters and if they’re safe to be used with a family. Well, we’re here today to set the truth straight, so keep on reading to find out more about these sprays!
First and foremost, there’s no doubt that insecticide sprays are effective. They are made with one specific purpose: to kill whatever kind of critter that in comes in contact with. Needless to say, with a job as simple as that and with all of the chemicals in the world ready to be used, it would be pretty hard to screw up that job. However, one thing to keep in mind is that just because you’ve used the spray on an insect, that doesn’t mean that the root of the problem is solved. Yes, for some solitary creatures like spiders, you most likely have just saved the day, but for social critters like termites, cockroaches, or ants, spraying them is just treating the symptom and not the cause. Therefore, you cannot rely on the sprays solely to fix all of your pest problems, as there may be more than what meets the eye—something that a pest professional will easily be able to tell you.
Also, if you’ve ever turned the can of one of these insect killers over, then you’d see a whole essay on the back about warnings and directions and whatnot. Yes, there is a clear reason why there are there—insecticide sprays can be dangerous when they are improperly handled. Like we said before, inside the can is a whole cocktail of chemicals, so you better believe that improper use may lead to harm. It’s imperative that if you use these, you need to keep them away from children and the elderly, spray them away from you, and try your best to not breathe the fumes in or let the spray get on your skin or into your eyes. With proper use, insecticide sprays are fine to use, but accidents do happen, which is where the danger lies.
Overall, insecticide sprays are fine to use so long as you do so carefully, but keep in mind that killing a few critters with it may not solve your overall pest problem. There are many cases where people unknowingly use the sprays to treat the symptoms and not the causes of infestations, so it’s important to remember that if the bugs keep coming, it’s time to call in the cavalry.
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