Insects and rodents can contaminate food, damage homes, and make allergies and asthma worse. Chemicals people use to get rid of pests also cause problems. Pesticides can cling to carpets, furniture, and other surfaces, and many are dangerous to people and pets. The Poison Control Center takes about 1,000 reports of accidental pesticide poisonings or exposures every year - half of them to children under five.
If you rent, your landlord is required to keep your home pest-free. If necessary, he/she must hire a professional to take care of the problem. If you see rodents, tell your landlord immediately. If your landlord does not correct the problem, call 311.
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