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Safety Info

Preferred Pest Control Listens to Your Questions

The science of pest control has come a long way in the last 50 years. Today, Preferred Pest Control applies the latest Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to protect your property and health. IPM is a sensible approach that minimizes pesticide use by using non-chemical techniques such as the sealing of pest entry holes and the elimination of conditions that attract pests to your house, in addition to chemical techniques.

Health & Safety Questions

Q: Can pesticide applications harm dogs and cats?

A: No, not if label instructions are followed. All pesticides are carefully tested before they can be registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and before they are sold. Part of this testing includes determining possible effects on non-target organisms such as pets. Pesticides which pose an unacceptable risk to non-target organisms cannot be registered. Of course, you should follow the same re-entry procedures for cats and dogs as is recommended for humans. Wait until the treated area dries before walking on or touching treated areas.

Q: How do we know that these products aren't harmful to humans or wildlife?

A: The pesticide industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the United States. Before a product is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, it must be rigorously tested for potential human health and environmental effects. This process can take up to 10 years and involve up to 120 different tests and studies. Today, manufacturers may invest as much as $30 to $50 million or more in product testing before a new pesticide ever comes to the market. These tests are required, designed and reviewed by EPA scientists and are conducted according to EPA standards.

Q: How can an insecticide control insects and not be harmful to people and pets?

A: It is a well-established medical and scientific principle that the amount of a substance used determines whether it is harmful. With pesticides, the amount of pesticide needed to control insects is many orders of magnitude lower than the amount which would affect mammals, such as humans and pets. Remember, exposure alone does not equal risk.

Q: Why do we use pesticides?

A: The benefit of pesticides lies in their ability to manage a pest problem that potentially could become out of control and could threaten the health of you and your family, pets and plants, or threaten the quality of your home, school or business. Pesticides also protect roadsides, utilities, rights-of-way, forests and lakes from pest damage. Pesticides help to limit the damage that can be caused by insects. Whether it is an insecticide for controlling termites or fleas in your home, pesticides are analogous to the medicines we use to preserve our own health.

Q: What type license or certification is required to apply pesticides?

A: There are two types of pesticides: General Use pesticides and Restricted Use pesticides. General use pesticides are those purchased by the public in garden centers and retail outlets, which can be applied by homeowners without special training, just by following directions on the product label. General use pesticides are also applied by professional applicators, although professionals may have a greater choice of products or quantities from which to choose and more sophisticated application equipment. Restricted use pesticides can only be applied by certified applicators, or individuals operating under the supervision of certified applicators. To become certified, professional applicators must demonstrate, through testing, practical knowledge of pests related to the category of certification for which the individual is applying. Professional applicators must know how to:

  • Accurately identify the pests (insects, diseases, weeds, vermin, etc.).
  • Apply the most effective and efficient pest control measures.
  • Apply products safely and responsibly.
  • Determine the necessity of chemical control.
  • Select the correct pesticides to use.

These minimum standards for certification are established by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and each state's lead agency for pesticides is responsible for enforcement. A state may establish more stringent requirements for certification, according to needs within that particular state. Generally, it is the Cooperative Extension Service that is responsible for training and testing pesticide applicators. Training classes are usually offered in individual counties throughout a state. Certified applicators must also renew their training regularly by attending approved continuing education programs.

Preferred Pest Control is fully certified in the state of Iowa to handle all types of pest control problems.

Q: Who regulates pesticides and application services?

A: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), all products that contain pesticides must be registered with EPA before they can be lawfully sold or distributed. EPA registration means that pesticide registrants have submitted required scientific research data concerning the risks associated with the use of the pesticide, that EPA has reviewed the data and that EPA finds the data acceptable.


Should you have any other questions, please call us at your earliest convenience at (888) 778-5977 or (515) 276-7277.