Even animal lovers know that some critters can be pests, especially in your yard or garden. Wild animals can cause serious damage to your home and property, creating stress and unnecessary repair expenses for you to deal with.
There are many animal repellent products available for homeowners that want to keep pests away. But how much do you really know about the chemicals in such repellents? What constitutes safe use of common animal repellents? And how can you decide which repellents you should use around your home?
Animal Repellent Chemicals
Many pesticides and animal repellents contain strong chemical substances that do much more than just keep animals away. They can also cause harm to your property or family by:
Damaging the Soil – Some pesticides and repellents can remain present in the soil for years after being applied. This can significantly weaken the soil and make it hard for anything to grow.
Poisoning Pets – Some chemicals used to repel or kill pests are also toxic to dogs and cats. Metaldehyde, used in slug and snail bait, can kill dogs. Diazinon, fention fampfhur, and coumaphos, are all known to cause seizures in pets.
There are also animal repellents contain chemical ingredients designed to work with an animal’s natural averse reaction to a particular substance. For example, chemicals that create the scent of a predatory animal’s urine will scare away prey animals. Repellents made to smell like coyote urine are especially good at keeping deer away.
One study analyzed the following six repellent ingredients:
- Butanethiol (Butylmercaptan)
- Fish Oil
- Meat Meal
- Methyl Anthranilate
- Red Pepper (Chile Pepper)
The results indicated that “these active ingredients help keep animals and birds away from green plants and other places where they are not wanted.” At the same time, “no adverse effects to humans, the environment, pets, or wildlife are expected from proper use of these six substances.” (http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/chem_search/reg_actions/registration/fs_G-112_01-Mar-01.pdf)
Which Will You Use?
There are many factors to consider before you begin using any chemical repellents around your home. Keep in mind these important considerations:
- Be sure the active ingredients are safe and non-lethal to pets and children.
- Confirm that the chemical ingredients are designed to repel the specific pests you are trying to get rid of.
- Use products that have been proven to be both effective and safe.
Shake-Away animal repellents are a safe, all natural alternative to harsh chemical repellents and are guaranteed effective.