I am interested in this product (CARPENTER ANT GEL), but am concerned about it being used aroud small animals or children????? Any suggesstions???
Apparently there is still some confusion about insect bait and it’s safe use since we get quite a few question on this subject. The fact is that all pesticides are safe when used in accordance to their label. When applied properly, liquid concentrates, aerosols and granular products pose little or no hazard to people or pets. There are many things you can do to insure safe use, handling and storage of our pesticide products and for anyone with questions or concerns, a great source of information to start would be with our SAFETY VIDEOS which summarize most all you need to know for safe use.
In fact, insect baits were designed with safety in mind; they were originally introduced and marketed with safety being their main advantage for sensitive areas where children and pets were present. Since these products rely on ingestion (intentionally eating), they can be formulated with active ingredients which many times can only affect insects and not mammals. Remember, mammals have very complex digestive systems and include strong acids and other components which enable them to digest most small doses of insect bait with no measurable impact. This means that if a pet or child were to ingest a bait placement there is little risk anything would happen. Does this mean it’s OK for them to be eating the stuff? Of course not. But if you follow the label and make proper placements, there is little chance of this happening.
Additionally, one of the main features of Carpenter Ant Gel is that it can be placed in discreet locations where pets and children should have a hard time finding. In fact, when used properly, there should only a little dab smaller than a grain of rice at any one placement. The attractant in the gel is strong and does a good job of luring carpenter ants so you don’t need to put it out in the open for all to see. Make your placements close to where the ants are being seen but keeping in mind you can hide it behind appliances or furniture, up and out of the way.
So in summary, CARPENTER ANT GEL, like most of our insect baits, can be used safely in and around the home. Be sure to store unused portions where pets and children will not have access and make isolated, small placements to reduce non target ingestion and when done as such, there is really no need for concern. If you have further questions or concerns, you may call us at 1-800-877-7290 for further assistance.