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Tips For Safe DIY Pest Control

Any major pest problems in the home warrant professional help, but with some minor issues you may find it useful to try some at-home remedies.  There is an abundance of pest control products available to the public, but it’s very important to understand what is in the products you are using and how to use them safely.  The EPA offers many resources regarding pesticide use, and before you get started, we’ll give you a brief breakdown of the basic rules to follow when using these products.

  1. Only use products for the pests they are intended to control: This may seem like common sense, but a lot of homeowners try to cut corners or save a few bucks and turn the one bottle of pesticide in their cabinet into the solution for any bug they see.  If you have a product that is labeled for use against fleas and you have wasps in your house, do not attempt to use this product for these pests.  Not only is this ineffective treatment, but it also can be potentially dangerous.
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  3. Understand the EPAs signal words: Three words are used by the EPA to describe the relative risk of a pesticide product; Caution, Warning or Danger.  The potential risk associated with these words increases in that order, with Danger being the most poisonous.  This certainly doesn’t mean that a product with the label Caution should not be treated with care, but it is a useful indication system that you should be aware of when using pesticides.
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  5. Storage and Usage Safety: It is alarming how many homeowners keep their pesticides in the same cabinet with every other household cleaner and soap.  Even more worrisome is that often times these products are very easily accessible to children and pets.  Pesticides are extremely dangerous and if accidentally ingested can be fatal.  Not only should you keep these products in safe, out of reach places, but also follow any storage instructions on the side such as a temperature specification or expiration date.  When you actually use the product be sure to use gloves and goggles, avoid having any food items sitting out, and keep children and pests out of the area.

Before you get started using any pest control product, the most important thing to remember is do your homework.  The more you know about a product, its uses, risks and effects, the safer you will be.

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