Bugs and Baby

What good mom wants her baby to get a bug? They do get colds from time to time. Such cute little sneezes. Tylenol to the rescue. But what if baby gets a bug of another kind? This is rare, but especially if you take the tyke outdoors, it can happen. You can be sitting in the park on a nice sunny day when a bee or wasp descends out of the blue. You can be ensconced by a picturesque river when a snail crawls upon your tot. You can be in the backyard minding your own businesses when a fly wants to snoop. Whatever the case, and you can be sure they will arise, it is time for some baby pest control.

Of course you will never apply toxic chemicals or repellants. There are things to buy that are safe and you need to stick with them and read the labels. In addition, apart from shooing the menace away, you need to cover baby in the face of any insect onslaught. Bites can cause allergies and may lead to a hospital visit. So take great care if you live in an area where little beings reside or if you are traveling to unknown regions.

Gnats, mosquitos and horse flies like to suck blood so you want to be sure to avoid areas where they abound. Keep your windows closed or use screens to deter their entrance. Baby will enjoy the fresh air in any case. Outside check for standing water and wet grass. Inside watch for spiders, crickets, dust mites, termites, silverfish and the like. If you see them, it’s time for a pest control service. Prevention is potent when you have a young one. Seal up cracks, holes, and other entry points into the home. Your technician will point them out and take care of them in no time flat.

If you have a pet, look for the signs of fleas. There are much better guides out there than what I could write, but I will give you this one tip – they like tender, young flesh. In hot weather it is hard to bundle baby up so eliminating the problem and heading it off is your best bet. It can be an insidious problem as many cats and dogs are resistant to the usual treatment. Check outside for bee and wasp nests and inside for cockroaches and ants. These are the common predators you are likely to see. Don’t leave food out for an extended period of time. Learn about eradication without using toxins or traps that baby could tamper with. Keeping a clean home is a great defense. Sanitizing is the definition of de-infestation.

If you must use chemicals, or your pest control service insists, it must be natural. Ask about leaving the house and for how long as the process is undertaken. New options are appearing as science has embraced eco-friendly options. If your baby is at the crawling stage, it is particularly important to avoid any treatment residue. Your offspring will eventually encounter an invader, so don’t panic. It is normal and likely to occur. Just know what to do before and after the fact to keep baby secure and healthy.