What makes an ant killer pet-safe?


In every pet owner's life, there comes a time when the battle against ants must be fought. However, the presence of furry friends in our homes adds an extra layer of consideration to this challenge. We must ensure that our ant control methods are safe for our pets. 

Dr. Killigan's commitment to pet safety and effective pest control guides us in exploring the essential qualities of pet-safe ant killers.

Key ingredients in pet-safe ant killers 

When it comes to pet-safe ant killers, ingredients play a pivotal role. Traditional ant killers (and repellents) often contain chemicals that, while effective against ants, pose significant risks to pets if ingested or inhaled. In contrast, pet-safe ant killers utilize natural ingredients that target ants without endangering pets.

  • Natural oils and extracts: Pet-safe ant repellents and killers often include natural oils and extracts like peppermint, cinnamon, lemon eucalyptus, clove and neem oil. These ingredients effectively repel and kill ants by disrupting their neural pathways or deterring them with their potent scents, without posing risks to pets.
  • Diatomaceous earth or silica: Another key component often found in pet-safe ant killers is diatomaceous earth or silica. These substances are desiccants that absorb the oils and fats from ants' exoskeletons, leading to dehydration and death. Importantly, they act mechanically rather than chemically, meaning there's no toxic residue or risk of poisoning to pets if they come into contact with the treated area.

Safety measures and efficacy

Choosing a pet-safe ant killer doesn't mean you have to compromise on effectiveness. The ideal product effectively eliminates ants while being completely harmless to pets. Achieving this balance involves selecting products that come under the "minimum risk pesticides" category defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These products are:

  • FIFRA exempt: Attesting to their safety and low-risk profile, these ant killers are exempt from the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration. This exemption is granted to products that pose little to no risk to human health or the environment.
  • Rigorous evaluation: These products have undergone thorough evaluation to ensure they are safe for pets and humans.
  • Residual effect: While focusing on safety, choosing an ant spray that has a lasting impact against ants is vital. Look for pet-safe options that provide a residual effect, repelling or eliminating ants over time without necessitating frequent reapplication. These products are crafted to maintain their efficacy in the environment for a predetermined period.

Choosing the right pet-safe ant killer (spray, powder or gel)

With a variety of products claiming to be pet-safe, how do you make the right choice? Here are a few tips:

  • Read labels carefully: Always read the product label and instructions. Research the ingredients listed to ensure their safety for pets. Even if products are deemed ‘safe’ or ‘natural’, there is a lack of regulation on using these words. Do your homework. 
  • Consult veterinarians or pet experts: If unsure about the safety of a product, consult with a trusted veterinarian or a pet health expert. They can provide valuable insight into the potential effects of certain ingredients on your pets.
  • Consider the form of application: Sprays, gels and powders each have their own set of considerations. Sprays might be easier to apply in specific areas but require drying time during which pets should be kept away. Gels and powders might be less obtrusive but may require careful placement to avoid accidental ingestion by pets.

      Dr. Killigan's commitment to pet safety

      At Dr. Killigan's, our unwavering commitment to pet safety is evident in every product we craft. Recognizing the delicate balance between effective pest control and ensuring the safety of your furry family members, we've tailored our solutions to meet these dual needs without compromise.

      1. Under the "Minimum Risk Pesticides" umbrella: Our dedication to pet-safe formulations aligns with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s criteria for "minimum risk pesticides." This classification assures our customers that every Dr. Killigan's product, including our renowned Six Feet Under Plant-Powered Insect Spray and Dust to Dust Plant-Powered Insect Powder, adheres to the highest standards of safety and environmental care, posing little to no risk to your pets or family.
      2. Lasting protection with Six Feet Under: Six Feet Under boasts a 30-day residual effect, ensuring that your home remains ant-free for longer periods without the need for frequent reapplications. This extended protection is achieved without compromising the safety and comfort of your pets.
      3. Transparency and clarity: We believe in full transparency regarding the ingredients and safety of our products. Our labels clearly outline every component used in our formulations, ensuring there are no hidden surprises.
      4. Safe application around pets: The unique formulations of Six Feet Under and Dust to Dust eliminate the need for keeping pets away during application. Unlike other products that may pose risks if pets come into contact with them, our products, including Six Feet Under and Dust to Dust, are designed to be safe for use around all members of your household. Whether it's a curious nose inspecting the treated areas or paws walking over freshly applied Dust to Dust, you can rest assured that no harm will come to your beloved pets.
      5. Effectiveness against common ant species: Dust to Dust is specifically engineered to tackle a variety of common ant species that invade homes, including the odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile), pavement ant (Tetramorium immigrans) and black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus).
      6. Versatile indoor and outdoor use: Our Dust to Dust isn't just effective; it's also versatile. Designed to be safe and efficient in both indoor and outdoor settings, Dust to Dust provides a seamless solution for ant control wherever the need arises. Whether you're dealing with ants in your kitchen or around your patio, Dust to Dust can be applied with confidence, knowing it will not harm the environment, pets or family members. This dual-use capability ensures that you have a reliable, all-encompassing ant control method at your fingertips

          At Dr. Killigan's, we stand by our promise to deliver pest control solutions that are 100% non-toxic, 100% effective and 100% sophisticated. Our approach ensures that you can maintain a pest-free home while safeguarding the health and well-being of every family member, furry ones included. 

          Trust in our products to restore confidence, peace and control to your home, and join us in our mission to make household pests, unsafe toxins and unsightly remedies a thing of the past. Visit our website to explore our pet-safe ant killers and other pest control solutions, and embrace a healthier, happier home with Dr. Killigan's by your side.

          Customer testimonials: Real results with Dr. Killigan's


          Our dedication to creating pet-safe ant solutions is reflected in the positive experiences of our customers:

          Henry highlights: "Non-toxic for people and pets, lethal for insects... Six Feet Under quickly knocks out flies, roaches, spiders, and other bugs."
          Courtney adds: "Love this stuff. It works great, smells good, and I don't have to worry about it around my kids or pets."
          Joel shares: "Very lightweight powder in an easy-to-dispense container... I like the fact that it is non-toxic because I have several dogs who like to get into everything."

            Conclusion: A safe home for all

            In wrapping up, the journey to a pest-free home does not necessitate a compromise on the safety of our cherished pets. With pet-safe ant killers, we arm ourselves with the knowledge and tools needed to combat ant infestations while upholding the well-being of our four-legged companions. The essence of this balance lies in opting for products that are explicitly designed with pets in mind, meticulously applying them as recommended, and always veering towards natural, harmless ingredients.

            Dr. Killigan's stands at the forefront of this endeavor, offering a suite of pest control solutions that align with the most stringent safety standards for your pets. 

            Embrace Dr. Killigan's way to fortify your home against ants and other pests without compromising the safety and happiness of your pet family members. 

            Dr. Killigan's stands at the forefront of this endeavor, offering a suite of pest control solutions that align with the most stringent safety standards for your pets. 

            Embrace Dr. Killigan's way to fortify your home against ants and other pests without compromising the safety and happiness of your pet family members. 

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