Respecting the HAB (human-animal bond)


February 21, 2014

There are an increasing amount of abbreviations used in pest management industry jargon, such as IGR (insect growth regulator) and IPM (integrated pest management). Another, not-so-obvious one is “HAB” — the “human-animal bond.”

Whenever professional services are provided for bed bug, flea, and tick elimination, HAB becomes an imperative. Pest elimination treatments must not pose a greater danger to a companion animal than the pest itself.

The HAB is a mutually favorable and dynamic relationship. It involves emotional, psychological and physical interactions among people, animals and the environment.

The veterinarian must be included within the service protocols of the pest management professional. In other words: Leave the veterinary medical practice and parasitology to the veterinarian.


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