4. Control bugs with boric acid.
Spring and summer are prime times for pest-control problems. Rather than reach for that smelly ant spray, which likely contains pyrethrins that have been found to trigger headaches, nausea, and asthma attacks, use a less-toxic product like boric acid, which isn’t harmful unless eaten or directly inhaled. Better still, use “integrated pest management” techniques, such as caulking cracks where bugs enter, keeping trash bins tightly covered, and storing food in the pantry in airtight containers rather than the box or bag in which it was sold. If you have ants, wipe and mop surfaces frequently to disrupt their trails.