I am so upset at the service I received this morning from a company I hired to spray my yard for fleas! Down here in Florida they can be a real problem because we don't get long freezes, and this winter has been warmer than average. The people I bought my house from had two outdoor dogs and the flea problem is bad. So I finally contracted with a company to spray, on the advice of my vet. The guy came and spent no more than five minutes on the front and back yard, and when he left I actually called the company and asked if he was coming back to finish the job because I thought he left halfway through. It finally dawned on me that he was not coming back. To make matters worse, his truck leaked and he left 20 feet of green chemical sludge on the grass in front of my fence, and green liquid in the gutter.
He's now back to do the job again and clean up, but I'm worried that chemical sludge is going to be in the ground forever in front of my house. The stuff they use is supposed to be safe for pets as a spray on the yard, not in sludgy piles on the grass!!!
I'm so worried about my dogs now, especially my new puppy Jasmine. Should I be watching for anything particular in terms of reactions in them?
I agree with Karen, but if this had happened to me, I'd look into possibilities for restitution from the company.
I'm going to let my imagination run wild here, and if I hav some inadvertently good idea, feel free to use it. If I have a bad one (very possible), somebody please point that out!
TAKE PHOTOS - lots - from every angle! to show the sludge, and, as best you can to document the size and shape of the areas to have been sprayed.
Maybe you could borrow a surveyor's or builder's long measuring tape, and include that in the photos, to help show size. I'd make a sketch, approximately to scale, and write the measurements on the sketch. Also, make notes about every detail you can remember, just as soon as you can, and then put the date and time on the sketch and on your notes. And you can take pictures of your documentation, too, or scan it, or photocopy it, or something. I like photos, myself.
I gather the company is re-spraying, besides cleaning up the sludge; is that right? I hope so. I'm thinking maybe the reason the first spraying only took five minutes (per area?) because the SPRAY stuff (the sludge) all leaked out of the truck, and he ran out!
Do make sure you don't get more sludge on this second round.
Could you find out the name of the stuff he's using for the spray? And post it, please. I'm not offering to research it, but maybe somebody here has a good knowledge of pesticides.
There's a start with my ideas. And find out how long you have to keep your dog(s) OUT of the area. As Karen said, I'd think, at least not till after you've had a couple of heavy rains.
Yet I wouldn't guarantee that a couple of heavy rains would really make the sludged-up area any safer - probably depends on what kind of pesticide it is.
I'd inquire if there's some municipal organization that deals with hazardous waste. If there's a way to get an inspection, I'd go for that, too.
I'm swinging my net as widely as I can, and could be writing some nonsense here (as I often do on PURPOSE, but I'm not doing that on this topic!).
But let's see what others have to say. Anybody?
I'm quite paranoid, as you can see, about what I expose my dogs to.
Maybe your vet would have comments, too, and maybe could help you identify what was in the spray.
I hope you'll report back, and keep us posted. Wishing you the best of luck with this most unfortunate occurrence, and with getting the problem fixed.
By the way, if I get into some situation like this, I keep all my communications friendly - at least, completely civil - but I cannot be BUDGED from my position without very good reason. There comes a time when repeating what you want, is the useful thing to do - don't take No for an answer without obvious very good reason.
Looking for your next report.
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:20:02 (PST)