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