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What are ways to prevent pests in the household?

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Take these steps to discourage pests:

  • Pick up all food spills and crumbs right away.
  • Keep your counters, tables, sinks, and floors clean. Clean and dry dishes after meals or snacks.
  • Clean under large kitchen appliances, such as refrigerators and stoves.
  • Store food in containers with airtight lids or in the refrigerator.
  • Keep your trash in a container with a tight lid, and take it out often. Put outdoor bins as far from your house as possible.
  • Fix leaks and clean up any moisture on counters or sinks right away.

From: Safer Pest Control WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

EPA web site: “Protecting Children From Pesticides;” “Play It Safe: Reduce Your Child’s Chances of Pesticide Poisoning;” “Pesticide Safety Tips;” “The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality;” “Cockroaches and Pests;” “Preventing Pests at Home;” and “Do’s and Don’t's of Pest Control.”

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources web site: “Pesticides: Safe and Effective Use in the Home and Landscape."

American Lung Association web site: “Cockroaches and Pests.”

New York State Department of Health web site: “Mouse Control.”

Washington State Department of Health web site: “Biting and Stinging Bugs.”

Cornell University web site: “IPM for Homes.”

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

EPA web site: “Protecting Children From Pesticides;” “Play It Safe: Reduce Your Child’s Chances of Pesticide Poisoning;” “Pesticide Safety Tips;” “The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality;” “Cockroaches and Pests;” “Preventing Pests at Home;” and “Do’s and Don’t's of Pest Control.”

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources web site: “Pesticides: Safe and Effective Use in the Home and Landscape."

American Lung Association web site: “Cockroaches and Pests.”

New York State Department of Health web site: “Mouse Control.”

Washington State Department of Health web site: “Biting and Stinging Bugs.”

Cornell University web site: “IPM for Homes.”

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 29, 2018

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