No one likes dealing with mice, cockroaches, stinkbugs, spiders, and other insects in their homes, but opting for the chemical pest-control sprays will only pollute the air inside your home, and could put you at risk for various types of cancer and nervous system problems. (Here are 7 steps you should take to detox the air in your home). Also, they’re unnecessary: The best way of handling insects and other pests in your home is keeping them out in the first place by thoroughly pest proofing your house.
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Most pests can be controlled with some DIY pest control tricks that take less than 15 minutes and could actually save you money in the long run. Here's what to do: