It’s time to put many summer items away for winter, including all those fertilizers, pesticides and other lawn & garden products we didn’t use up. Safe storage of lawn care products is extremely important to safeguard your household pets. If moving lawn care products inside your garage for the winter, please double check they are securely and safely sealed and out of reach. Some products may be hazardous chemicals that are unsafe for nosey pets…and children. Consider replacing any toxic chemicals or pesticides with safer, healthier alternatives. Make sure that any bagged or boxed products are not accessible to rodents. They could chew an opening and leave materials all over your garage or shed.
As the temperature continues to drop, rodents move inside to find warmth and nesting locations. Please be very careful with any rodenticides. Read directions and labels carefully so you understand any risks associated with its use. Many are extremely dangerous to dogs and cats. If the poison or trap is “baited” it may well attract rodents instead of keeping them away. The same “bait” can also attract your own pet. Consider using organic or natural repellents to keep rodents out of your house, garage, and sheds. Products using natural ingredients (including - garlic, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, peppermint, and thyme for example) that either taste or smell bad help keep rodents outside, where they belong. Now is the time to act, before they move indoors to create a holiday hazard.
Soon there will be snow and ice on our sidewalks and driveways (if not there already!). Consider the safety, and comfort, of your outdoor friends by using eco-friendly or natural products to melt the snow and ice. Too many chemical ice-melt products contain ingredients harmful to pets’ paws - including indoor cats. In addition, ice-melt chemicals run off our paved surfaces during a thaw. These chemicals can damage your lawn/landscape, pollute our nearby creeks and eventually work their way into the same water we drink. Use a pet-friendly, earth friendly products to melt snow and ice. Keep your sidewalk and patio slip-free without causing harm to your pets’ paws and our environment.