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Pests such as cockroaches, bed bugs, termites, mice and bats can all have a negative effect on the health of home occupants. Dander and feces left behind from pests can cause sickness, allergy irritation, respiratory irritation, and asthma attacks.
Inappropriate treatment of infestations such as using excessive pesticides can either exacerbate or create new health problems. Instead of using harsh chemicals and pesticides, residents are encouraged to use the Integrated Pest Management method to get rid of pests.
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) seeks to deny pests food, water, shelter and a path of entry into the home. Boric acid, diatomaceous earth, baits, and traps are safer alternatives to common solutions such as pest bombs and chemical sprays. Keeping a clean and clutter free environment will also help keep pests out of the home.
To learn more about pest control, please refer to the EPA’s “do's and don'ts of pest control.”