Tips for your lawn and garden:

  • Use lawn seed and plants that grow well in your area and fight disease.
  • Think about putting up with a few weeds or insects rather than using pesticides.
  • Use your muscles.  Weeding by hand or by hoeing is a good way to keep down weeds.
  • Clean up dead leaves and debris to get rid of homes for pests.
  • Make sure you know what the pest or problem is before using a pesticide.
  • Use pesticides only where the pests are.
  • Your local Cooperative Extension office can help with lawn and garden care.

Tips for Preparing Food:

  • Wash and scrub all fruits and vegetables under running tap water.
  • After washing, peel fruits and vegetables when possible.
  • Throw away the outer leaves of leafy vegetables like lettuce and other greens.
  • Trim fat from meat and skin from poultry and fish – some pesticides collect in fat.
  • Eat lots of different foods from lots of different sources.

Keep Pests out of your Home:

  • Seal cracks and crevices where pests can get in your home.
  • Keep a tight lid on trash cans.
  • Store food in tightly sealed containers.
  • Wipe up spills and crumbs right away.
  • Clean up dirty dishes right after eating.
  • Pests need water, fix water leaks.
  • Get rid of stacks of newspapers, etc.

In case of emergency, call the Poison Control Center:  800-222-1222