What Are Pest Control Gloves?
14 October 2015 | Alex
Dealing with wild animals can be tough work – even if you are not at risk from being bitten, it is best to ensure that your hands are protected from any chemicals you may use. At Safety Gloves, we understand the dangers that pest controllers and exterminators face on a daily basis and we've got you covered – or we've got your hands covered at least!
Why Do I Need Gloves?
If you're working in professional animal control, you'll understand how vital it is to have a good pair of gloves to keep your hands protected. However if you are simply dabbling in dealing with animals, you might not be as clued up.
One of the main threats to the hands of anyone trying to manage infestations is the damage that chemicals can do. Chemicals are an efficient and humane way of dealing with unwanted animals in the home or workplace but handling these chemicals over time can be very detrimental to your skin. Rawness, irritation and even serious skin conditions such as dermatitis can all either be caused or exacerbated by the use of chemicals. Even if your skin is not at risk from irritation, chemicals can linger on the skin despite hands seeming clean and this lead to accidental ingestion and other unpleasant problems.
Another threat that arises in animal handling is when you are dealing with animals a little more ferocious than the common cockroach or termite. Rats, bats, stray dogs and cats – all of these animals can pack a powerful bite and it is essential to keep your hands out of the firing line. Bites are not just painful in and of themselves, they also can cause medical issues such as blood infections, tetanus and even rabies.
Which Gloves Do I Need?
Now you know a little more about the danger that you are in, you might be wondering: "what can I do to protect myself?". The answer is in our Pest Control Gloves category. Some of the best gloves we offer for those wanting to deal with unwanted guests include tough nitrile gloves. Nitrile is the ideal material for use in pest control as it is highly chemically inert, which (in layman's terms) means that it will not react when it comes into contact with chemicals. This allows you to use the gloves with the harsh pesticides that are sometimes necessary in animal control without A) damaging your hands or B) damaging your gloves.
As our nitrile gloves are designed to be reusable, you can use them for a single job and simply throw them away after. This ensures that the gloves meet the levels of performance for which they are designed and helps to prevent cases of chemical contamination. The other main advantage of nitrile gloves is that they are designed to be very close fitting, allowing you to perform intricate tasks that require dexterity without having your protection compromised.
Animal Handling Gloves
When you go beyond the common household pets and get into the territory of things that bite and scratch, you may find that nitrile gloves simply don't cut it anymore. We have a full range of Animal Handling Gloves that are suitable for bigger (and scarier) creatures, but the best of the bunch are the HexArmor Hercules 3180 Venomous Snake Handling Gloves.
The HexArmor Hercules 3180 aren't called "Venomous Snake Handling Gloves" for nothing! They're suitable for use with a wide range of snakes including everything from the most powerful biters to the most deadly venom. And there's much more to the HexArmor Hercules than snakes – they are used by handlers in zoos around the world including for the handling of big-cat cubs, reptiles and other fierce creatures. Don't just take our word for their efficacy though, head on over to our video blog to see them in action.
Now that you know what's out there, why not head over to our Pest Control Gloves category to see the full range!