Bird Safe Pest Control
Is There Such A Thing As Bird Safe Pest Control?
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One of the most important issues we face as bird owners is keeping them happy and healthy. We spend so much money on their cages or aviaries, their food and accessories, that we often forget about the pesticides that are necessary to keep small bugs and insects away from them, as well as their food and water supply. That said, we must ensure that we use bird safe pesticides that won’t harm their delicate respiratory tracts or harm their GI tracts in the event they are ingested.
Pesticides are a serious issue for all animal owners, not just those of us who own and love birds. Pesticides are a necessary evil. In society, we need protection from bugs and insects as they can not only ruin crops, but some insects carry diseases that could prove fatal to animals and humans alike. Bugs in your home can be a problem, too. Seed moths lay their larvae in seeds and it is all to easy to bring them into your home when you tote that bag of bird food home. If you've ever had an outbreak of bugs in your bird food and had them migrate into your kitchen, you know how tempting it is to grab a can of bug spray and kill the pesky creepy-crawly.
However, many EPA-approved pesticides are linked to cancer and other serious health effects in people, so imagine what they can do to birds, especially their with sensitive respiratory and immune systems.
Many of these pesticides are slowly fatal to wild birds, destroying their very sensitive lungs and stomachs when breathed in or ingested. Imagine what ordinary over the counter pesticides do to birds in a confined home environment, no matter how much you try to ventilate the area. Birds not only breath the fumes in, but often, the vapor gets into the air and lands on your birds feathers, cage and toys so your bird ingests it too. How worrisome is that?
That said, we must find a careful balance between using pesticides while still protecting our birds against insects and the harm they can do to our birds and our pantry. Insects are often attracted to bird seed and pellets, as well as bird droppings. It is nearly impossible to avoid flour moths if you have a bird because they actually lay their eggs in the seed.
So, what do you do when you need bird safe pest control, but want to stay away from the strong and often poisonous chemicals that make up the vast majority of pesticides used in our country? Nasty Flour Moth Larvae live in bird seeds and flour based bird foods.
Effective Natural Pesticides For Your Bird Room
Our most-recommended product is d Control Aviary Bug Spray, made by Mango Pet Products. This product is an all-natural way to control pests in your aviary and is made with natural botanical extracts for the elimination and control of insects. Control Aviary Bug Spray helps eradicate Ants, Fleas, Spiders, Crickets, Roaches, Wasps, Gnats, Fruit Flies, Lice, Grain Mites, Fleas and Mosquitos, as well as many other types of insects. Control Natural Aviary and Cage Bug Spray is a micro-emulsion water base spray anis effective for up to one week. To use, simply spray this undiluted micro-emulsion water-based spray product onto surfaces where insects appear. Spray in and around your birds cage, but be sure to remove your bird before using the product. Control Big Spray remains effective for up to a week, so daily application is not necessary.
Flour Moth Traps are also very effective in managing these copious pests. These year-round bugs are attracted to a pheromones where they get trapped on the sticky surface. These items stay effective for a few months. Place one near your bird food where your curious bird won't get trapped! While your cleaning your bird room, check high corners for larvae and get rid of them, too. We bird owners owe it to our pets to make certain they remain healthy and free of dangerous pesticides. It’s a very delicate balance between making sure they stay healthy while making sure they are safe from potentially harmful insects.
By using Control Bug Spray you can be rest assured that you are using a safe and natural product that not only kills bugs, but is safe for your bird as well. Remember, all-natural pesticides are the best route for not just your birds, but for you and all your pets. Stock up today.
- Diane Burroughs, LCSW