Just as a pest problem in your home would make you worry about the health and safety of your kids or your spouse, the same goes for your dog.

Your dog isn’t just a pet. He or she is a full-fledged member of the family, and you would do anything to protect your pup from harm.

If you suspect your home might be suffering from termite damage and you are one of the millions of people around the world who count a dog amongst their family members, you might be concerned about whether your pet’s safety is at stake.

While termites can bite dogs as well as humans, in reality this is rather unlikely as they tend to stay away from open spaces and hide in the shadows, completely hidden from sight. Despite the fact that it is unlikely your dog would suffer a termite bite, even if he does this is no cause for worry. Dogs rarely face problems directly stemming from termite bites.

Are Termites Dangerous to Pets?

Termite Treatment: A Different Story

Anyone who’s had a previous run-in with termites knows a termite problem is not something you want to allow to fester. Getting immediate professional help for a termite problem is crucial in order to protect the value of your home, maintain the integrity of your building and keep your entire family, pets included, safe. Some sort of treatment must be administered to your property by a termite control expert.

There’s more to worry about than you think when dealing with a termite infestation. Other than the problem of actually getting rid of these pests, you also have to consider the fact that termite treatments can have indirect consequences. For instance, some of the chemicals used when eradicating termites might be harmful to your dog.

Special chemicals used in termite extermination can be harmful to health, such poisonous substances being particularly prevalent in do-it-yourself products. Many DIY products contain chemicals that can not only harm pets but even yourself! Buying such products from stores is not advisable, but if you have no other option, be wary that just because the label says a product isn’t harmful doesn’t mean that’s necessarily true.

What’s most deceptive is the fact that many DIY products or tips posted online do indeed appear to take care of the infestation at first. While some techniques and products work better than others, if you are sure you want to go that route, always do research on the chemicals contained in the products you’re planning on using, bearing in mind the fact that home remedies can often be hugely damaging to the health of your pet.

Some of the products available on the market include termite baits and spray chemicals. Use these at your own risk. If you’re not experienced with handling such chemicals, they can be extremely hazardous when used within the home near your pets or children.

Also take care that you don’t put yourself in harm’s way when administering termite control products. It is often hard to monitor and stay clear of applied chemicals in your home when you’re doing it yourself. Even blocking off certain areas from your dog does not make them completely safe. You’ve probably seen your dog sneak there way into areas you never thought possible.

Dogs are curious by nature, and you can never rely 100% on blocking off areas of your home when applying dangerous termite treatment chemicals. Your safest bet is to temporarily relocate your pet to another home.

Recommended Actions to Keep Your Dog Safe

To be safe, I always recommend hiring a pest control expert, one that can reassure you that only safe products that don’t pose any long term dangers to your dog will be used.

During the fumigation process, you can expect pest control professionals to tape your house with a tent in order to fully exterminate the termite infestation. By this point your pets will already be safe and out of harm’s way. The pesticides will permeate and seep through every part of the house to fully eradicate the termites, but by the time you return home they will not be strong enough to harm anyone.

In addition, professional termite treatments are far more effective than DIY and tailored to the specific type of termite attacking your home. You also get peace of mind from not having to worry about your pets being harmed.

While termites themselves are not dangerous to your dog, treating termites can be dangerous for you and your pets. This is especially true when it comes to your dogs. You can tell your kids to keep away from a certain area in your home or explain the dangers of termite treatment chemicals to them, but you can’t do the same for your dogs. That’s why it’s even more crucial for pet owners to have termite problems dealt with the right way.


Remember: All data, information, and advice reflect the views of the authors alone and in no way reflect those of Pawstruck.com. Everything is provided on an as-is basis and every situation is different. Always consult a veterinarian with safety and health-related questions.