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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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Keep it Pest Free
Many people are having an increased pest issue with the milder winters and long hot summers.  At our house we encountered scorpions for the first time since we moved into our house seven years ago.  This made late night trips around the house a little more adventurous!
When controlling indoor/household pest there are some important things to remember.  The first being it is better to take preventative steps, then it is to start treatments for a problem.
 Control pests instead by using Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • IPM is all about putting several pieces together to take a holistic approach to pest management
  • IPM is concerned with making home environments inhospitable to pests and if necessary, using the least toxic method to remove pests
  • Use the least toxic method first!
  •  All pests are looking for food, water and shelter.  Make sure you are not providing any of these! 
  • Make sure all food is properly stored in sealed containers and never left out on counter-tops or stored on the floor.
  • Clutter = Housing.  Make sure your pantries, closets and cabinets are free from excess goods.  Pay close attention to storing plastic or paper bags.
  • Seal up cracks, gaps and holes around doors, windows and pipes.
  • If pesticide is necessary be sure to pick a product labeled for the pest you need to control.  Use it according to label directions; don’t use the “if a little works more will be better” mentality.  Safety relies on you using products correctly.  If using Boric Acid remember it is a toxic substance and can be harmful, even though it is a natural product.  Be sure to use it with care by dusting it in places that won’t be touched by others. 
    Information provided by Dr. Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Housing Specialist – 7 Principles of a Healthy Home Workshop Series.

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