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Using pesticides inside your home can put your entire family at risk — and it's not necessary.

In case after case, chemicals that used to be considered "safe" for home use are taken off the shelves as new evidence shows they can be harmful. Why risk it?

For protecting your home from ants, cockroaches, flies, meal moths, mold and rodents, a little prevention goes most of the way. Get rid of that can of pesticide spray, and see our Tips & Tools below for specific pest management solutions. These resources and links offer general solutions to keep your house clean and pest-free without dangerous pesticides.

Pesticides also sneak in our homes as residues on food. We make choices every day about the food we eat that not only affect our health and the health of our families, but also help to shape our food system in a very real way. Visit PAN's website WhatsOnMyFood.org to learn more about residues commonly found on our food.

Tips & Tools: Specific Pest Solutions

Ants

Aphids

Bedbugs

Cockroaches

  • Cockroaches from University of California's "Pest Notes"

Fleas

Flies

  • Flies from University of California IPM Online
  • Fruit flies from Iowa State University

Lice

Mice & Rats

Mosquitoes

Moths & Carpet Beetles

Spiders

Slugs & Snails

Termites

  • Termites from UC IPM Online provides an overview: controlling termites without resort to insecticides is challenging, and prevention is key — requiring an understanding of termite biology and building construction. Among chemical approaches to avoid, fumigation is perhaps most dangerous (and ultimately ineffective).
  • Dampwood Termites from Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

Ticks

Weeds

  • Weed Solutions - factsheets from Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (includes bindweed, blackberries, dandelions, knapweed, moss in lawns, noxious weeds, poison oak and ivy, and roadside spray alternatives)
  • How to Control Weeds from Our Water Our World

Yellowjackets

Preventing Pests at Home
What's on your food?

Pesticides are on our food — even after washing. They're in our bodies for years and in our environment, traveling many miles on wind, water and dust. 

To learn more about the chemical residues on your food, visit the What’s On My Food? website. This searchable database links USDA pesticide food residue data with the toxicology for each chemical, making this information easily accessible for the first time.

Whenever possible, shop for fruits and veggies free of pesticides. More and more families across the country are choosing pesticide-free or organic produce, joining local CSAs, shopping at farmers’ markets or planting their own backyard gardens.

Use the tool at www.whatsonmyfood.org to learn more — and share it with others to keep building momentum for a fair, safe and healthy food system!

 

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