You may have them, your neighbor may have them and even the family down the street may have them. What may you all have in common? We have almost all experienced the headache of a pest problem in our homes. Take this quiz now to see if you know all you should about handling unwelcome pests.
What is the preferred way for most Americans to rid their homes of pests?
Most Americans turn to a professional exterminator to deal with pest problems in their homes. Dealing with pests like cockroaches sends most people scurrying for their neighbor’s telephone and yellow pages.
How much yearly combined revenue does the pest control industry generate in the United States?
The huge army of professional pest exterminators in the United States takes in about $7 billion in combined revenues each year.
According to a 2003 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), how many different pesticides are in the average American's body?
The CDC found that the average American citizen has at least 13 different pesticides in his or her body. Some of these pesticides have been linked to health problems such as cancer and nerve damage.
What is the best alternative to using pesticides to control pests in your home?
Although green alternatives are great and bait boxes are less dangerous than using large volumes of pesticides, your best bet is to keep the pests out in the first place.
What is a big additional advantage to employing a keep-them-out strategy in your home?
Denying pests access to your home will not only save the cost of expensive extermination, but you will also make your home more energy efficient. It really is a win-win strategy for any homeowner.
What is a common term that refers to your home's exterior walls, doors, windows and roof?
Your homes exterior walls, doors, windows and roof are commonly referred to as the envelope. To keep pests out you will need to become an envelope detective in order to locate and seal even small openings or breaches in your home's envelope.
Once you have tightened up your homes envelope, what can you do to rid your home of any pests already inside or ones that may still slip in?
Most common pests in a home, other than blood-sucking varieties, need food and water to survive. Take away food and water from pests and they will die off or look for a new home.
What is the best step that you can take to cut off food supply to pests like rats, mice and roaches?
It is a good idea to check that cupboards where you store food close tight and have no openings that would allow pests to enter for a snack. Storing things up high can also help, but the best thing to do is to store dry foods in sealed, hard plastic, metal or glass containers.
What is another way to make sure that pests do not find your home an easy target for food and water?
It is very important to keep your home free of standing water, clutter free, clean and to do up your dirty dishes at least twice daily. Roaches hate the scent of lemons, so you can clean your floors with a detergent that has a strong lemon scent or add bottled unsweetened lemon juice to your wash water before doing the floors.
What is a final strategy that you can foster in your home to keep it pest free?
It may sound strange, but if you redefine your definition of pests, you will accept that spiders and lizards are great pest killers. Both spiders and lizards like to keep to themselves and they love to devour pests.
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