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Pest Management Methods

Specify in pest control contracts that primary pest management methods include non-chemical pest prevention and pest exclusion, use traps, barriers and less toxic pesticides (such as soaps, oils, microbials and baits), apply on an as-needed (vs. set) schedule, when chemical pesticides are necessary, use those labeled “caution” rather than “warning” or “danger” and set up storage and sanitation procedures and planting, irrigation and cultivation (e.g., pest-resistant plants) to minimize pest attractants and harborage.