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 purchase a can of an appropriate spray poison to kill off the pest in their home.
Most Americans now prefer green home remedies researched on the internet to take care of pests.
Most Americans turn to a professional exterminator to deal with pest problems in their homes.
How much yearly combined revenue does the pest control industry generate in the United States?
According to a 2003 study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), how many different pesticides are in the average American's body?
What is the best alternative to using pesticides to control pests in your home?
There are green alternatives to pesticides and most people have the ingredients in their kitchen or pantry.
The best way to prevent and control pests in your home is to keep them out in the first place.
There is a selection of pest traps or bait boxes, which are effective and better than sprays or powders.
What is a big additional advantage to employing a keep-them-out strategy in your home?
You will double your benefit by saving on home energy costs and expensive exterminators.
You will save money by not wasting food that has been sampled by pests or become infested with bugs.
No more surprising bugs as they scurry across your kitchen floor.
What is a common term that refers to your home's exterior walls, doors, windows and roof?
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?
This is where green home pest remedies come in to play.
This is where it gets a bit messy with dark rooms, a good flashlight, a pair of boots and a heavy-duty bug swatter.
You need to make your home as inhospitable to pests as possible.
What is the best step that you can take to cut off food supply to pests like rats, mice and roaches?
Cupboards should close tight and have no openings in the back where you store cereals, pasta, etc.
Transfer all dry foods like cereals, crackers, pasta, granola and oats to metal, hard plastic or glass canisters.
Never store food like cereal, pasta and cookies in cupboards under your counter. Instead, store them up high.
What is another way to make sure that pests do not find your home an easy target for food and water?
Keep your home free of standing water, clutter free, clean and to do up your dirty dishes at least twice daily.
Wash your floors with cleansers that have a strong lemon scent that pests like roaches hate.
Employ both of the above strategies.
What is a final strategy that you can foster in your home to keep it pest free?
Foster a food chain in your home. Don't kill those spiders and perhaps adopt a lizard or two.
Purchase piezoelectric buzzers that emit a sound above what a human can hear but will drive pests away.
Purchase one of those electronic bug zappers with the black lights and hang it in your kitchen.