Keep it Pest Free
Many people are having an increased pest issue with the milder winters and long hot summers. At our house we encountered scorpions for the first time since we moved into our house seven years ago. This made late night trips around the house a little more adventurous!
When controlling indoor/household pest there are some important things to remember. The first being it is better to take preventative steps, then it is to start treatments for a problem.
Control pests instead by using Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
All pests are looking for food, water and shelter. Make sure you are not providing any of these!
If pesticide is necessary be sure to pick a product labeled for the pest you need to control. Use it according to label directions; don’t use the “if a little works more will be better” mentality. Safety relies on you using products correctly. If using Boric Acid remember it is a toxic substance and can be harmful, even though it is a natural product. Be sure to use it with care by dusting it in places that won’t be touched by others.
Information provided by Dr. Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Housing Specialist – 7 Principles of a Healthy Home Workshop Series.