We don't want to share our homes with common household pests, whether they be fruitflies, ants, roaches, mice, or wasps. Remember, these organisms are there because something is attracting them (find, dispose of and/or fix it) and they are getting in somehow (caulk, plug, screen, or block it). Here are some IPM tips for preventing pests in the home (Adapted from NY IPM)
- Prevent their entrance. Keep pests from entering your living areas by sealing openings and cracks with wire mesh, caulking, door sweeps, netting, and screens.
- Be clean & tidy. Keep your home clean by wiping up spills, removing clutter that could provide pests a place to breed, and don't allow pet food to be exposed for long periods.
- Prevent access to food. Store all food, including pet food & birdseed, in tightly covered containers; plastic bags don't always exclude pests. Remove pest attractants, such as sweet and greasy foods (which attract ants).
- Eliminate water sources. Fix leaky pipes and faucets and promote ventilation, as insects often seek wet areas.
For more pest specific information, see our House Pest Problem Solver
Resources: Home-Safe-Home Guide. A room-by-room assessment of how to protect you and your children's health from chemicals commonly used by consumers.
Help Yourself to a Healthy Home: Protect Your Children's Health
is another publication that explains how most of the serious health problems for children may start at home. The booklet explains some of these health concerns and what you can do about them.
DEP Household Hazardous Waste Program - Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are those wastes produced in our households* that are hazardous in nature, but are not regulated as hazardous waste, under federal and state laws. This website tells you how manage HHW in your area.