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Pest Control Poisons

Pest Control Poisons By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
May 30, 2006

Approximately 2.2 million poisonings were reported to the Center for Disease Control in the year 2000. Of those, more than 90 percent occurred within the home through exposure to or consumption of household products such as pest control poisons. Poison control centers across the United States report dealing with an average of one poisoning every 15 seconds. These figures should give you cause for pause and perhaps make you think of hiring a trained pest exterminator to take care of your household's pest control.

Is it Safe to Take Care of Pest Control Myself?

It is, of course, possible for you to manage your own pest problems without the help of a pest control officer or exterminator. However, as soon as you bring poisons into your home, the risk to your family multiplies exponentially. Pest control officers are also well-educated in the science of pest control. They are familiar with many safe and humane methods for pest control.

Methods Used by Pest Exterminators

Most pest exterminators today will take an integrated approach to pest control. With integrated pest control, once any major infestations are under control, much of the maintenance can be achieved with a minimum of poisons. Some of the alternate methods of poisoning include introduction of people-friendly organisms such as birds, lady bugs, dragonflies, and squirrels. The presence of these beneficial pest control partners can help control the appearance of their annoying cousins. Modern pest control officers also use sound waves to drive off undesirable guests.

Peace of Mind: Worth the Cost of Pest Control Officers

By inviting a pest control officer or exterminator to become part of your home maintenance you are taking a positive step toward intelligent, safe pest control. Follow the advice of the pest control professional you have selected in regard to changes to food storage practices or needed home repairs. Before you know it, your pests will be well under control without danger to yourself, your family, or your pets.


About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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