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TIPS ON INSECT PROOFING YOUR HOME

 CHAMPLAIN, N.Y., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Think you're too neat, too clean or too rich to have bugs?
 Think again. Even Felix Unger had them.
 You can lock the doors and bar the windows, but that won't stop ants, fleas, cockroaches, earwigs and other crawling trespassers from making your home their home. According to the experts at Chemfree Environment Inc., the trick to keeping these uninvited visitors out of the home is to make your living quarters as inhospitable as possible to insects.
 Start by keeping food under wraps, literally. Leftovers make tasty late-night snacks for the hungry family members and bugs alike, so make sure that food is stored properly in tightly closed glass or metal containers. Also clean up spills and crumbs completely, wash dishes immediately, and take out kitchen trash daily, all of which help to discourage household pests from taking up residence.
 Some insects, such as cockroaches, are water guzzlers, so it's important to dry up their water supply by repairing leaky faucets, pipes and clogged drains in the bathroom and kitchen.
 Let's face it, a clean home is the best defense against bugs, whose feeding frenzy does considerable damage to upholstery, curtains and wallpaper. Routinely vacuuming rugs and floors will help to minimize infestations. In addition, keeping cracks and crevices in baseboards and vents dust-free deprives insects of a warm, supportive environment in which to live and reproduce.
 What should you do if your house is spotlessly clean and well-maintained, but you're still losing the battle of the bugs? One solution is to use chemical insecticides. But today's environmentally- concerned homeowner has a better option, a new chemical-free powder called Insectigone. There are several versions of the product, designed to attract and kill certain insects, such as ants, earwigs and roaches. Each Insectigone powder is composed of amorphous diatomaceous earth, or DE, which is simply the fossilized remains of marine plants and algae. This finely-ground substance looks and feels like talcum powder to humans, but to crawling insects its sharp, abrasive texture literally scrapes away their waxy coating, causing them to dehydrate and die within 48 hours.
 Recently approved by the EPA for indoor use, all-natural Insectigone products are packaged in recyclable bottles with a pointed nose, making it easy to disperse or "dust" the powder in cracks, crevices, kitchen cabinets and appliances, near garbage cans, around pipes and drains, window frames, attics and basements. It can also be used quite effectively outside, around foundations and entrances, door frames, as well as applied to windows and patios.
 Remember, the best way to keep bugs out is to make it hard for them to get in.
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 /CONTACT: Ian Spelling or Layne Maly of Lobsenz Stevens, 212-684-6300, for Chemfree Environment, Inc./


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