When faced with household pests, look for the least toxic way to eliminate the issue. Some chemicals are safe to use later in pregnancy. Again, be sure to always follow label instructions. If you are not sure whether a pesticide is safe, call the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378. This non-profit organization is a cooperative endeavor between the Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon State University.
In some cases, repelling pests and taking action to avoid attracting them can go a long way toward keeping them out of your home.
Cockroaches are attracted to food residue on dishes, crumbs on floors, and moisture sources such as water accumulating in the sink. Have someone help out with cleaning to keep up on materials that can attract them to the home. The American Chemical Society discovered that one old wives’ tale has merit: placing catnip around your home can repel cockroaches. Hedgeapples, the inedible fruit of the Osage orange tree, were also found to repel pests including cockroaches, mice, flies, and crickets.
Cockroaches often enter the home via cardboard boxes and the bottoms of paper bags. To keep them out, remove these items after opening any packaging.
Glue traps for cockroaches are a non-pesticide option. Typically made of cardboard, they have an adhesive material that traps the insects when they enter. These should be placed in the areas where roaches walk. However, some experts with professional pest control companies express concern that these options will not trap enough roaches to eliminate an infestation.
Fruit flies are a common pest during warm weather. Keeping the kitchen sink dry between uses and using a sink stopper can reduce the number of fruit flies attracted to sink drains.