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The key to keeping pests away is to deny them food, water and shelter. Electric bug zappers are ineffective on most stinging and biting insects, such as bees, wasps and mosquitoes.
However, they do draw other flying insects away from pools, patios and picnic areas at night.
Last Updated - 25th October 2005
- A chemically treated pest strip should not be placed in a room with an infant, a pet or someone who is ill or elderly. You should also avoid hanging a pest strip in an area where food is prepared or where people stay for prolonged periods.
- Store food in tightly sealed glass or plastic containers.
- Clean garbage cans regularly and secure their lids.
- Keep counters and cabinets clean.
- Clean up crumbs and spills immediately.
- Repair torn screens.
- Fill cracks and crevices.
- Cover chimney and flue openings with spark-arresting screening.
- To stop ants from invading the house, sprinkle a few crumbled bay leaves on windowsills.
- If ants flock to your flour and sugar bins, place a couple of bay leaves inside. Replace each month.
- Avoid all-purpose pesticides as they may lack the one ingredient needed to kill a specific insect.
- Use hairspray as a substitute for bug spray when a flying insect attacks. It immobilizes the wings making the target easier to swat.
- Make sure you have no standing water around the house as mosquitos breed there.
- Spray wasp and hornet nests at night when they are all at home with the queen or call a specialist who collects them.
WHEN USING PESTICIDES DO
- Read and follow package directions and warnings carefully.
- Mix pesticides in a well-ventilated area.
- Wear rubber gloves.
- Keep pesticides in original containers that are tightly closed and clearly labeled.
- Store pesticides in a locked,well-ventialated area, away from heat and direct sunlight.
- Wrap empty containers in thick layers of newspaper before discarding them.
- Exhaust all gas from pressurized cans before disposing of them.
- Remove food, utensils, pets and their bowls before spraying.
- Use pesticides near children or pets
- Smoke, eat, drink or chew gum when using pesticides.
- Inhale sprays, dusts or vapors.
- Store pesticides near food.
- Dump pesticides in places where they could endanger fish or wildlife or contaminate water.
- Reenter a treated room for 1/2 hour after it has been sprayed.
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