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Updated: August 25, 2017
Decide if the insect is really a problem. Many insects are perfectly harmless or even helpful. A bug should not be killed without a good reason.
Identify the insect and learn about its biology.
Example:Killing worker ants will not solve your ant problem. The ant nest and queen must be eliminated, otherwise your ant problem will continue.
Consider all options including non-insecticide options:
A good source of information on an insecticide is its label.Look for insecticides that:
Insecticides come in many forms:The concentration of active ingredient (poison) in each of these forms is different and they pose different risks to human and animals.
"Signal words" tell how toxic an insecticide is.
Caution - least toxicWarningDanger - most toxic
Caution - least toxic
Danger - most toxic
The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program
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