Many pesticides are know to have adverse effects on humans and the ecosystem. Fortunately, there are non-toxic alternatives to harmful pesticides. Before reaching for the chemical bottles, observe the pest population and their habits, as sometimes structural solutions such as screening, caulking or repairing any openings can often deter infestations. Also keep up on repairs, improve sanitation and make the environment unfriendly to pests and consider learning about Integrated Pest Management, an ecologically based approach to pest control. IPM relies on natural mortality factors, such as natural enemies, weather, and crop management, to implment as control tactics. Consider IPM and other non-toxic alternatives as an approach in pest control, to leave littl eimpact on personal health and the environment.