Certainly we don't want to share our homes with common household pests, whether they be fruitflies, ants, roaches, mice, wasps or whatever. 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).
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
You want to take good care of your family. You try to eat healthy foods. You take
your children to the doctor for regular checkups. You try your best to protect
your family from accidents and illness. You want to live in a safe neighborhood
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