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Pest control: Should I give in and spray?


Despite my best efforts to keep it clean, my kitchen is being taken over by palmetto bugs.cockroach.jpg

They manage to find the tiniest crumb I didn't sweep up. My 13-year-old is afraid to turn on the kitchen light at night, because a big bug is likely to scurry across the floor.

I have resisted hiring a pest control company to eliminate my bugs as I try to limit our exposure to chemicals and toxins. I put out Terro for the ants and last night sprinkled some boric acid for the big guys.

But I am about to give up. We can't live in a house where you never know what will creep up your leg as you are opening the fridge.

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About the authors
Gretchen Day-Bryant has a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. She’s lived to tell about the struggles of juggling little kids and work.
Joy Oglesby has a preschooler...
Cindy Kent Fort Lauderdale mother of three. Her kids span in ages from teenager to 20s.
Rafael Olmeda and his wife welcomed their first son in Feb. 2009, and he's helping raise two teenage stepdaughters.
Lois Solomonlives with her husband and three daughters.
Georgia East is the parent of a five-year-old girl, who came into the world weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces.
Brittany Wallman is the mother of Creed, 15, and Lily, 7, and is married to a journalist, Bob Norman. She covers Broward County government, which is filled with almost as much drama as the Norman household. Almost.
Chris Tiedje is the Social Media Coordinator and the father of a 7-year-old girl, and two boys ages 4 and 3.
Kyara Lomer Camarena has a 2-year-old son, Copelan, and a brand new baby.


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