MINIMIZE HOUSEHOLD INSECT PROBEMS Get some recommendations on minimizing insect infestations – and arranging treatment when you do have a problem.


The National Pest Control Association offers these practical tips to minimize household insect problems:

  • Clean insect hiding places such as cracks and crevices in floors, baseboards and vents.
  • Get rid of inside trash daily. Make sure that trash is stored outside in tightly closed containers.
  • Screen all doors and windows and keep the screens in good condition.
  • Keep food in tightly closed containers.
  • Clean up spills and crumbs completely.
  • Keep your pets clean and insect free.

If you use any pesticides, practice safety first. Buy only givernment-registered pesticides designed for your particular problem and follow all label directions carefully. Store them carefully.

Should you decide you need professional assistance, bear these points in mind:

  • Choose a company that belongs to a recognized state/province or national association.
  • Regulations require that treating personnel have training to handle and apply pesticides safely.
  • When a pest control technician comes to your home, ask the person to clearly identify the problem and explain what can be done.
  • Ask how long the treatment will last and what the results will be.
  • Inquire about costs and guarantees.