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Dos and Don'ts of Pest Control

Do try pest prevention first:

Remove sources of food, water and shelter.
Check tips and resources for ideas on preventing pests.

Do safely and correctly use pesticides:

Use baits as a first line of chemical defense against insects or rodents.
Other chemicals, generally, should only be applied to cracks and crevices, not sprayed over the whole room. Use fogging devices only when absolutely necessary.

Always read and follow the pesticide label's instructions and safety warnings.

Use ready-to-use products (i.e., no mixing needed) whenever possible.

If you hire any outside persons to help control pests, ask them to find and correct the source of the problem before applying pesticides. For example, you might have to repair a leaky toilet to remove a water source. Ask them to use baits and crack and crevice treatments when feasible.
Only apply chemicals approved for use in homes; the label will list where the chemical may be used; write down the name and EPA registration number of any chemical used by someone you hire. You will need this information if you decide to look up more information on the pesticide. The pest control operator should be able to provide information about the chemical, such as the material safety data sheet.
Do dispose of leftover pesticides and pesticide containers properly

Read the label to find out how to dispose of the pesticide and the container.

Many communities have household hazardous waste collections that will accept unwanted pesticides. Call your waste disposal authority for information about your community.

Don't use outdoor chemicals indoors
Many chemicals intended for use outdoors are dangerous to use indoors because they will remain toxic longer inside than they would outdoors.

Don't assume that twice as much is better

Always read and follow label directions.
Using too much of a pesticide can endanger your family's health.

Don't transfer pesticides to other containers

Store pesticides in their original containers.

Only mix as much as you are going to use at one time if the pesticide must be mixed with water.

Children and others have been poisoned by accidentally consuming pesticides stored in food or beverage containers
Don't use empty pesticide containers to store anything else
No matter how well you wash the container, it could still contain remnants of the pesticide and could harm someone
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