The beautiful weather of spring and summer doesn’t just mean having flowers and green grass once again – it also means weeds are sure to crop up in and around your lawn and garden beds. But when you go to reach for your usual weed killer, you may wonder whether or not it is safe to use when you have pets running around your lawn. Read on to learn about the negative effects chemical weed killers can have on your animals, and a safe, all-natural option you may want to utilize instead.
The Dangers of Chemical-Based Weed Killers
The weed killers most commonly used by households in the U.S. today typically contain glyphosate as their primary active ingredient. Roundup, the most common glyphosate weed killer sold in stores today, doesn’t mention risks to pets; instead, it simply says to prevent pets and people from coming into contact with the product when wet. But the drying time of glyphosate can depend on many factors, including temperature, humidity, and whether or not the plant is in the sun or under shade. This can make it difficult for users to be sure that all of the weed killer that they applied is dry.
While this herbicide works by blocking a pathway that only plants contain, that doesn’t mean they are harmless to animals. According to the National Pesticide Information Center, animals that come in contact with glyphosate products may experience dehydration, drowsiness, excessive drooling, nausea, or a loss of appetite. Many chemical weed killers also contain another active ingredient called diquat dibromide, which is also an herbicide that damages cell membranes in plants. A study conducted by the California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Pesticide Regulation found that diquat dibromide causes cataracts in dogs, and may carry a risk of causing developmental issues in puppies that are exposed to it.
Vinegar Weed Killer a Safer Option
If you’re worried about the possible negative effects that a chemical-based weed killer may have on animals in your yard, consider using a vinegar-based weed killer instead. Often called horticultural vinegar, vinegar weed killer packs more punch than your store bought vinegar because it contains a higher percentage of acetic acid, usually 10 to 20 percent. This acid is what gives vinegar its tart flavor, as well as its ability to kill weeds.
Our Green Gobbler 20% Horticultural Vinegar Weed Killer is a safe and effective option to help control weeds around your home. It works to quickly eliminate broadleaf weeds and grasses, including crabgrass, white clover, musk thistle, oxalis, dandelions, and more, without the negative side effects of glyphosate. Derived from corn, our vinegar is made from just acetic acid and water, which means it doesn’t contain any additives or harmful ingredients. In addition, it is also approved by OMRI for use in organic gardening, and works to eliminate weeds in under 24 hours.
So if you’re worried about using chemical weed killers around your animals, try our 20% Horticultural Vinegar Weed Killer to control weeds in your lawn safely and effectively.