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Safer Pest Control

When you see evidence of cockroaches in your home, your first inclination may be to reach for the strongest bug spray you can find. But before you do, take a deep breath and think again. While pesticides will likely kill whatever unwanted visitors are infesting your home, they can also be harmful to you and your family.

Children are especially susceptible to harm from pesticides, because their bodies and immune systems are still developing. They are also more likely to be exposed to pesticides by crawling on the floor and putting their hands and other objects in their mouths.

But household pests can also be a danger to your family. Cockroaches produce allergens that can trigger asthma and allergies. Mouse droppings can also trigger asthma or allergies. Flies and mosquitoes can carry germs and diseases.

Fortunately, there are ways to control pests and keep your family safe, too. Following an approach called integrated pest management (IPM) can do both — and also benefit the environment. Here are a few suggestions for safer pest control.

Pest Control: Practice Prevention First

The first step in IPM is prevention. The best way to control pests is to make your home unappealing to them. Just like us, pests need water, food, and shelter to survive, and if they can’t find these in your home, it’s likely they’ll go elsewhere.

Take these steps to discourage pests:

• Pick up all food spills and crumbs right away.

• Keep your counters, tables, sinks, and floors clean. Clean and dry dishes after having meals or snacks.

• Clean under large kitchen appliances, such as refrigerators and stoves. Food debris can often collect in these spaces and attract pests.

• Store food in containers with airtight lids or in the refrigerator. If food is stored in cardboard boxes, make sure the boxes are sealed. Cockroaches like cardboard and can get into opened boxes easily.

• Keep your trash in a container with a tight lid, and take out the trash often. Place outdoor trash bins as far from your house as possible.

• Fix household leaks and clean up any excess moisture on counters or sinks right away. Cockroaches like water and can swim.


• Try to keep your home free of clutter. Piles of magazines, newspapers, and boxes can attract pests and provide a place for them to hide.

• Vacuum carpets and cracks and crevices regularly.

• Don’t leave pet food out overnight.

• Fix any screens that have holes to prevent pests from entering.

• Check for any openings or cracks where pests may enter your house, such as behind sinks, along baseboards, and around windows. Seal them.

• If carpenter ants are a problem, look for damaged or wet wood and replace it. Carpenter ants are often attracted to damaged wood.

Check the foundation of your home for openings larger than one-quarter of an inch and seal them.

Choosing a Pesticide

If you’ve already tried prevention techniques and you still have a pest problem, you may need to use some kind of pesticide to treat the area. But first, be sure that you know what kind of pest you’re trying to eliminate. For example, if you’re not sure whether you have carpenter ants or termites, get help identifying the pest from your local extension service or exterminator.

Knowing what type of pest you’re dealing with will help you choose the right kind of pesticide for your problem.

The next step is to choose a pesticide that will work against the specific kind of pest you have and pose the least threat to your own health. Bait traps are often a good way to start. These are small plastic cups that attract pests with food mixed with an insecticide.

Using a bait trap allows you to confine the insecticide to a small area, rather than spreading it around. However, you’ll still need to take care that kids and pets can’t get into the bait traps. Tamper-proof bait traps are available and lower the risk of accidental exposure to the pesticide. You can buy bait traps made specifically for most household pests.

Pest Control: Playing It Safe

If you choose to use another type of pesticide, keep the following safety tips in mind:


• Be sure the pesticide will work on the type of pest you are trying to eliminate.

• Always read the label before use, and follow the directions carefully. Never use more than directed.

• Look for a product that is already mixed, rather than a product you have to mix yourself.

• Never use a pesticide indoors that is meant to be used outside.

• Apply pesticide to the smallest possible area, rather than over an entire room.

• Before applying pesticide, remove children, pets, toys, and food from the area. How long should they stay out? Check the pesticide’s label — it should tell you.

• Open the windows to air out the room after applying pesticides.

• Wear gloves, long pants, and sleeves to protect your skin when using pesticides. Wash your clothes and take a shower after you’re done.

• Only buy the amount of pesticide you need to use right away. If you have leftover pesticide, store it in the original bottle, out of the reach of children and pets.

• Don’t put leftover pesticides down your drain or in the trash. Follow the label instructions to dispose of it correctly.

• Never use an empty container of pesticide for any other purpose.

Pest Control: Keeping It in Perspective

No matter what type of insecticide you use, you may not be able to get rid of pests completely. And even the strongest pesticides won’t continue to work over time if pests find easy access to food and water in your home. But by following basic prevention tips and using pesticides sparingly when needed, you will likely be fine.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 20, 2016


EPA web site: “Protecting Children From Pesticides;” “Play It Safe: Reduce Your Child’s Chances of Pesticide Poisoning;” “Pesticide Safety Tips;” “The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality;” “Cockroaches and Pests;” “Preventing Pests at Home;” and “Do’s and Don’t’s of Pest Control.”

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources web site: “Pesticides: Safe and Effective Use in the Home and Landscape.”

American Lung Association web site: “Cockroaches and Pests.”

New York State Department of Health web site: “Mouse Control.”

Washington State Department of Health web site: “Biting and Stinging Bugs.”

Cornell University web site: “IPM for Homes.”

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    Wood Over Concrete Floors, Invite For Termite Party:

    Wood flooring over concrete or other floors are a disaster waiting to happen!

    By Phil Stewart, Stewarts Pest Control.

    Although very attractive, comfortable and easy to clean, parquetry and other decorative wood floor finishes layed on concrete or other surfaces can be a termite trap waiting to happen. Even if there has been a termite treatment carried out on the building, there is still a large risk of having more termite damage than if there were no wood over concrete or other floors.

    Stewarts are getting an increasing number of people each week with the problem of termites eating their expensive decorative wood flooring. With the popularity of this type of floor covering increasing, it will be a problem for StewartS and building owners to contend with for many years.

    A large portion of the problem lies with the original building design. Although a building may be built properly with its concrete or wooden floor, the design of a concrete floor building does not facilitate the problems that may occur with a wooden floor.

    The Australian Standard for sub floor clearance in a wooden floor building is a minimum of 400 ml. This is to aid and allow access for Inspectors and their services (ie. Electricians, Pest Controllers, Plumbers, etc) although more importantly, the floor clearance aids air circulation which helps stop dampness, mould, fungus, rot and creates a less desirable place for termites.

    Concrete floor buildings when built to the Australian Standards should have no problems with dampness, mould, fungus and wood rot. When you put a wooden floor over the concrete floor without the required space for air circulation or inspection etc. you open the door for a build up of dampness, mould, rot, fungus and termites.

    Along with the above problem when termites have unrestricted access under or in between the wood layers, they can go anywhere in the building the wood floor takes them and be undetectable.

    The wooden floor might not be of interest to the termites as a food source, but use it to obtain a more desirable source of cellulose food.

    If the concrete floor is insufficient, has construction faults or cracks that the termites can enter through, finding the entry point of the termites or placing an adequate termite treatment, usually will result in destroying the wooden floor.

    This can be a Pest Controller’s nightmare trying to track down termite entry points and secure a termite barrier, not to mention the building owners anguish and frustration.

    Stewarts have found in most situations with modern concrete floor homes, termites have been able to breach the termite treatment or physical barrier to gain access to the decorative wood floor. In past experiences, it has been from an area where there is a join or break in the continuos concrete floor surface which usually occur with additions and alterations to the original floor.

    Decorative wood floor problems with industrial or public buildings are far worse with no requirement at all for these buildings to have termite treatment or physical barriers when built. The nature and the way these buildings are constructed also allows for easier access of termites.

    Stewarts have had clients with termite infestations in decorative wood flooring in many different situations like:

    • The second floor of an office building in West Perth
    • The sprung and suspended floor of a large indoor sporting club in Armadale
    • The display window of a store in Hay Street, Perth
    • The dance floor of a night club in Northbridge
    • Many homes and normal offices on a regular basis almost daily

    The treatment of termite infested decorative wood flooring is costly, not easy, and not fool proof. First Stewarts have to try and establish if:

    1. The termite problem is coming from under the floor
    2. Another area; or
    3. They are just eating the floor or using it as a mode of transport to get to other areas

    If this cannot be established, then treatment methods must be adopted one by one to try and stop the attack in the least expensive way for the client and the least destructive way to the flooring and the building.

    If the mode of entry has been established then Stewarts can carry out a more direct and effective method.

    In severe situations, the decorative floor cannot be saved. These situation usually involve a concrete floor that is cracked or where the surface under the decorative flooring is not concrete and penetrable by termites. In such cases the floor will have to be grid drilled at 30cm intervals and injected with a Termiticide to try and form a continuous barrier under it. The ability to form a continuous barrier depends on the soil fill under the flooring. To do any of this usually the decorative floor would be destroyed by the drilling if the termites have not already done so.

    Termite proof or treated timber used in decorative wood flooring does not stop any of the above mentioned problems. The termites will not eat it but they will still use it as a mode of transport to get to other parts of the building and to cellulose food. The same problems can exist with dampness, rot and fungus equally as well. All the problems in treating a normal decorative wood floor apply to a termite uneatable decorative wood flooring and associated termite problems including the possible destruction of the floor.