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How to Get Rid of Unwanted Pests in Your Home

<font size="2">The warmer temperatures coming our way can bring some uninvited guests into our homes.</font>&nbsp;We look at ways to&nbsp;manage pests, without harmful pesticides.
Bed bugs and stink bugs are not the kind of guests you'd welcome into your home. But, they and other critters can be a reality if you're not careful.   "For most people it's not an issue until it happens. Then, it's a big issue," says Lynn Braband.  He's an Extension Educator with the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program.   

Many people turn to pesticides to get rid of pests.  But Braband says there are some green ways to get rid of them too.  The kitchen is a great place to start.

"A place that has cover or shelter and food and water all within a few feet is ideal for cockroaches and mice and similar critters," says Braband.

So you should make them feel unwelcome by fixing any leaks and cleaning up crumbs.  "Pests often like to live in wall voids and if there is a gap around that pipe that just allows them easy access into the human living space," says Braband. 

Also check for spaces around cupboards and countertops.  "A more permanent solution is to get a sealant and secure this off. That reduces the harbor, shelter for pests," says Braband. 

Another place to check is around windows.  When the weather is nice, take a stroll around the outside of your home. Make sure any gaps that may have formed over the winter are filled.

"Proactively plan ahead to reduce conditions that promote pests. You can't eliminate all of them and that greatly reduces incentive and need for pesticides," says Braband. 

 For more information on integrated pest management, click here. 

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