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Old 01-10-2013, 09:54 AM
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Pet safe pest killers/removers

On my other forum a members dog got into some rat poison. They had it put up where they thought he would never get it, but he managed. They immediately called an e-vet, induced vomiting, and he was treated and is recovering. But I have heard of a lot of people over the years having the same thing happen and the results weren't always good.

I decided to start a thread over there with a listing of pest removers or killers that are not harmful to pet dogs and cats but that are effective. Thought I'd do the same here. Maybe even get both threads stickied once all the info is gathered.

For ants I use cayenne pepper sprinkled around the outside of my house. Has worked great so far.

Beetles and things, including fleas, Diatomaceous Earth works well and is pet safe.

For bees, regular flies, and fruit flies I make traps instead of spraying. Fill a 2 litre bottle or something similar part way with water and honey or sugar. The flies either drown or I wait til there are a few in there and cap it real fast to be thrown away. Then I replace it with a new bottle.

That's all I have personal experience with, everyone feel free to post whats worked for you!

Oh, and be careful with gum and candy containing Xylitol. Usually found in sugar free candies and gums, it is toxic to dogs. One piece can kill a 50lb dog.

My pup Renee got into a container of Ice Breakers gum (contains Xylitol) once and I called the vet as soon as I saw her with it. They had me check the ingredients and told me about Xylitol being toxic. I was terrified. Since it was less than 30 minutes between ingestion and the call, I was told to include vomiting and bring her in if she started acting funny. She puked up every piece and was fine. Whew!

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Very good post. Thank you for taking the time (just noticed it).
We have these little Maple bugs that invade our house and my dog is very good at pest control. When she sees them... down the hatch lol.
I'm glad that this dog you mentioned is doing ok... could have been so much worse!
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People on the other forum have offered up live traps and glue traps for rodents.

One lady had bedbugs and used diatomaceous earth (food grade, not pool grade) sprinkled around the house and car as well as putting vasoline in bowls under her beds legs.

One uses bay leaves for ants.

Someone else said for fruit and regular flies they use Apple Cider Vinegar with a touch of dawn dish soap. She says the soap breaks surface tension on the water and the flies drown faster.

Another says she used those sonic noise makers for rodents and the resident rodents moved out.

Another member says he uses peppermint and clove spray mixed with fly spray for horses and dogs he gets from the feed store. And that cedar chips outdoors helps a lot with various insects.
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I just want to post my support for Diatomaceous earth. It really does work.

I work at a wildlife rehabilitation facility that deals mostly with birds of prey, and we obviously feed them meat. Whatever they have left over sets out all day and gets COVERED in ants (this is particularly a problem with the owls who prefer to save it until evening). The meat literally looks like it's crawling. And they're not the nice little black ants, they're the black and red kind that bite. Can't spray poisons for obvious reasons, so we've just been dealing with it the best we can.

We sprinkled diatomaceous earth in two of the cages and the ants are GONE. It's been over a week now and the leftover meat is completely untouched by ants.
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New Dog here, and yes I read old thread notice. Hope I'm not stepping on toes reviving it as I'm still learning the site and how it works


Some good pointers in this thread that I also use as cedar chips and cayenne pepper.

We have a apple tree in our back yard and for obvious reasons chemicals are not a good idea as one of our dogs eats every apple that falls from the tree. It does not kill insects but spraying the tree with dish soap and water, insects just don't like it. Works well in the flower garden also.

A good weed killer NOT FOR YOUR GARDEN but if you have a gravel parking area as we do in front of the house is a mixture of regular house hold vinegar, salt, and hot water. Applied in spring to summer, kills weeds dead and it pet friendly.


If mice/rats are a problem, again it does not kill them but they don't like it
and it saves a pet from eating a poisoned critter is..... In winter I store a couple cars in a barn every year and place Bounce...

...inside and under the hood of the cars, critters don't like it for some reason and leave the cars alone, does not kill them but.....

The other farm trick to kill rats and mice is a 5 gallon pale 2/3 with water and just enough styrophome pop corn to make it look solid over the water. Place some thing smelly that a critter would like to eat on it with a stick for them to climb up. They look, they jump in and drown. No chemicals for any other animal dog/cat to eat.
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I'm a landscaper and also wanted to point out some things that people don't think about when it comes to their pets--

If you use organic fertilizers, there is a good chance your dog will try and eat it. Look at the label and avoid bone meal, blood meal, etc...even if it is just manure based, I would put out some and test it with him first.

Iron and zinc based moss and algae killers are very toxic to animals. There are products that are less toxic, but I would hose down the area well before your pets come out anyway.

Weed and feed products are in general not great and can stick to their paws. A weed spray on a warmish day, allowed to dry before they are let out, is much safer. I prefer to fertilize just before a good rain.

A lot of people like to use hot pepper mix or oil as a pesticide, this can be horrible if they get it in their eyes, so I'm not fond of it (don't like it in my eyes either!)

Any of the pre-emergents such as Preen or Casoron are also terrible if they get in the eyes (I know from experience!) Please don't use if you have pets. Using a good mulch is much more effective.
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Personally, the way I see it is I either get dogs, or I get a perfect yard. I don't get both. I prefer having the dogs even if it does mean my yard is patchy, weedy and not perfectly green
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Personally, the way I see it is I either get dogs, or I get a perfect yard. I don't get both. I prefer having the dogs even if it does mean my yard is patchy, weedy and not perfectly green


....How true! We split the difference, Front yard I try to keep up with the spring/summer lawn wars.........

Spring, both pics were taken the same day......



and the back...... grass just doesn't grow in a play ground!

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I have known several people that have lost pets due to not disposing of Anti-freeze properly.

In the country people are always working on old cars so they will often drain the radiator and set whatever they drained the anti-freeze into somewhere along the side of the house, barn, garage or whatever.

Apparently the stuff tastes kinda sweet and pets just think it's a water bowl.

Anyway, it causes renal failure and few pets survive.
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Anti freeze can be very harmful, so you want to make sure it has been removed completely.
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