Did you know? Common Pests Can Cause Health Problems
Pests such as weeds, cockroaches and rodents, as well as the chemicals we use to control them, can trigger allergies and asthma by contaminating our air indoors and out.
- Roaches and rodents leave droppings and body dust everywhere they crawl.
- Pollen from weeds can cause seasonal allergies and trigger asthma.
In addition, sprays, bug bombs and weed killers can be dangerous to human and pet health, especially if used improperly.
What is IPM?
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) focuses on knowing the pest in order to prevent pests from getting out of control. Non-chemical methods are the first line of defense. If chemicals must be used, choose less-hazardous products. Prevention plus safer products = long-term, safer control.
Eliminate Pests Safety
IPM methods are common sense!
Find out what kind of pests you have and where they are coming from. Each pest has different habits and life cycles, so it's important to "know your enemy"! For rodents and roaches, sticky traps can tell you what and where they are.
All pests look for food, water and/or shelter. If you understand what they want, you can take it away. This is the most important step in IPM - prevention!
- Keep living areas clean and uncluttered. Clutter and food crumbs are like a five-star resort for pests - tear down their hotel!
- Keep yards and vacant lots maintained by mowing and regular trash pickup.
- Repair holes and cracks in walls, windows, and screens.
- Seal routes of pest entry with caulking, copper mesh, or other pest-proof materials for gaps in walls, pipes, pavement and other surfaces.
- Share information with neighbors. Pests do not stay in one place.
If you need to use something to help get rid of pests, use traps and baits first, along with less-toxic dusts such as boric acid. Choose and use chemicals very carefully!
- Read the label - it has valuable information on proper use, storage, disposal and what to do in case of poisoning.
- Most importantly, pick the right method for the situation, indoors or out. If children are present, be especially careful. Some pest control products pose more risk to children.
Most Risky to Children
- Any pest control product kids might accidentally breathe, eat, drink or get on their skin, such as: aerosols and "bug bombs" contaminate air and leave residues
- concentrated liquids that must be mixed
- liquid sprays especially in bottles that can be opened by kids
- colored liquid sprays that look like soft drinks
- mothballs and "pill" forms of baits that look like candy
- rat and mouse baits in pellets or bars
- illegal pesticides - who knows what's in them? (Tres Pasitos, Chinese chalk)
Less Risky to Children
Products kids can't get into or are not very toxic
- enclosed "child-proof" traps or baits for roaches, ants, or mice
- sticky traps for roaches, mice or flies
- roach and ant products containing boric acid
- products containing insect growth regulators (IGRs) like methoprene, hydroprene or pyriproxyfen
If these methods aren't working, you may need professional help. Find a reputable pest control company and be sure to ask about their approach to pest management - do they use IPM?