Household Pests

Pests such as cockroaches and mice can be found in Canadian homes. They can enter a home through holes or cracks in the walls, windows, doors or floor.


  • Clean up promptly after cooking and store waste in closed containers instead of bags.
  • Regularly remove your kitchen garbage, recycling and compost.
  • Identify cracks and other openings that act as entry points for insects and seal these areas with caulking. For rodents, stuff steel wool into the cracks where they get in (rodents can't chew through steel wool), or place traps where they enter your home.
  • Use pesticide-free glue traps to catch crawling insects.
  • Ensure the humidity inside your kitchen is ideal (between 30-50%) as pests such as earwigs and silverfish are attracted to humid areas. Use a hygrometer to measure humidity levels.
  • Use non-toxic pest control measures.

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Burning candles add ambiance to a room but they are contributors to indoor air pollution. They can release particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxide, VOCs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and soot. Plus candles with lead wicks can produce unhealthy levels of airborne lead.

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Page Last Updated: 18/06/2018