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Pest Control Tool Box

Identify the Pest

Look Closely and Keep Records

Decide if the Pest is a Problem

Choose the Safest Treatments

Different Ways to Keep Pests Away

Keep it Clean

Block Their Way

Use Your Hands

Let Nature Help

Chemical Uses

bugs awayChoose the Safest Treatments

IPM always tries to solve the pest problem using the safest way first. The goal is to suppress or keep the pest problem down, not necessarily to eradicate or destroy every single pest. Select ways to control the pest that are easy to carry out, long lasting and safest for the environment. For instance, instead of using poisonous or toxic chemicals called pesticides to kill ants, we can put spices like cinnamon or red pepper at the point where they enter the home or classroom. This helps keep ants away.