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Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

2011 March 24

By Lina Younes

I love the arrival of the smells, sounds, and sights of spring. New blooms, birds chirping, fresh smell of grass and early flowers, all beckon an awakening. However, there are some things that I am not particularly fond during the new season. I’ve never been one to like bugs. I know that bugs serve a function in the ecosystem. However, with the exception of pollinators like butterflies and bees, I wish bugs simply didn’t exist. I let them be in nature, but I definitely don’t like to see them anywhere inside my house!

No, I don’t believe in using pesticides as a preventive measure to keep bugs away. What is the best non-chemical way to keep your home bug-free? Integrated pest management! It’s easier than you think. Basically, don’t create an environment in your home that will be “friendly” towards bugs and other pests. Don’t give them anything to eat nor drink. Dirty dishes in the sink, soda spills left to dry on the table, or leftovers and crumbs left out in the open only serve as magnets to these unwanted creatures. Also, don’t provide them with plenty of shelter. Well, bugs and other pests just love messy stacks of papers and boxes because they offer plenty of hiding places. If you have pets, don’t leave food or water in their feeding bowls at night. This just attracts the attention of pests while you are fast asleep.

So, if you have created a non-friendly environment for these pests and they still decide to pay you a visit, please use pesticides appropriately by reading the label first. Simple steps will help you reduce your child’s chances of pesticide poisoning. Play it safe!

As always, will love to hear from you regarding the steps you’ve taken to keep your home bug-free.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves as Acting Associate Director for Environmental Education. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Susan Pike permalink
    March 24, 2011

    I really think this particular blog sends the wrong message. Bugs are vitally important parts of all ecosystems…decomposers, predators, pollinators, etc. We’re the only species who has created homes that do their best to exclude nature and when any does manage to sneak inside we feel compelled to poison it. Is this really a view that something called ‘Greenversations’ should be promoting?

    I too am an environmental educator and a high school science/environmental science/biology teacher, and do wrestle with what to do about insects that serve as disease vectors–but, in the end, that too is one of their most important environmental niches.

  2. Alexander permalink
    March 25, 2011

    Cockroaches and mice lived in my house.
    Against mice:one pound of dry fly-agaric to flood with one pint of whisky and to draw 14 days in warm place. Than two table-spoon to add to one pint of water and to wet the groats. Since two weeks mice will disappear.
    Against cockroaches: to make potato mash. To add the yolk and boric acid. To make small ball. For cockroaches the baric acid is the poison. The balls to place in inaccessible places for domestic animals.

  3. Lina-EPA permalink*
    March 25, 2011

    Susan,
    You make very important points. I do mention that bugs play a vital role in the ecosystem. I’m talking about my personal feelings towards bugs. Even when I mention eliminating them from the home, I recommend IPM as the best preventive measure. Thank you for your comments.

  4. Lina-EPA permalink
    March 25, 2011

    Alexander,
    Had never heard of those concoctions. In terms of the potato mush, make sure you keep the small ball of mash away from pets AND children.

  5. Fina permalink
    April 4, 2011

    Naturally Green Products has a product called “no more bugs” that is GREEN! It isn’t harmful to kids or pets, so when you get infested with bugs- use something that isn’t dangerous!! :)

  6. Pest Control Atlanta permalink
    May 25, 2011

    it is important to consider the education processes in which people understand how to avoid creating an environment for bugs to flourish. Most pest control agencies now use products that are not toxic to your environment. Despite your reservations, it is important to have a professional treat the area periodically.

  7. David C permalink
    July 17, 2011

    Hi Guys,
    In my opinion bugs are more than just part of the eco-system, they are vitally important to our health. It seems to me that these days more and more people are developing complaints and allergies than ever before.
    We are becoming more susceptible to many common things because we live in sterile environments, where we spray on disinfectants to eliminate all bugs and bacteria, but surely we need these in our life to build up our immunes systems. These sprays kill of the good bacteria as well as the bad. Not all bugs and bacteria are bad for us.

    David

  8. Pest Control Sydney permalink
    July 18, 2011

    Bugs are the part of ecosystem but they are not suitable for our home or office environment.Bugs are just a part of natural environment and they should away from us in a garden or any other place of this type. Bugs can spread diseases in human body therefore we should finish live away from bugs.

  9. best humane mouse trap permalink
    February 22, 2012

    I don’t have a problem with bugs, as long as they are not in my house, on my person or on my kids. A reader to my blog sent me a picture of of a parasite coming out of a mouses toosh. It was nasty.. Now everytime think of mice my mind wanders to pests or bugs. I remember all the times I had to deal with pantry pests, now I know why I might have had them. Upon seeing this picture my reader sent me, I thought about the article I read last year, which stated, that if you suddenly have pantry bugs, or blowflys coming out of your vents, you could have a mice infestation. I had never thought of that before as a reason for pantry bugs. Back to the parasite coming out of mouse rear, a giant blowfly larve.

  10. Katherine permalink
    March 8, 2012

    I agree this article that for always keep house clean can make pest away!!!

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