It may surprise you to know the amount of pesticides that are present in your household items at this very moment. Nearly a fourth of the one billion pounds in pesticides used in the United States each year are used in the home, in school settings, and even in day cares. If you have children and pets, this is clearly a concerning figure do its important to know how to deal with this reality (and attempt to minimize your families exposure as much as possible).

Some of these products found in your home include:

Cockroach sprays and baits

Insect repellents

Flea and tick sprays, powders, and collars

Products that attack mold and mildew

Bathroom disinfectants

Sanitizers

Lawn and garden products such as weed killers

You’re probably thinking that some of the items on this list look pretty harmless, but these are poisons and they must be handled with care. Avoiding them is the safest option, but this obviously isn’t entirely possible. Here are a few ways that you can minimize your exposure to these substances:

1. Avoid products that contain pesticides

Once again, this is the best course of action for keeping your exposure to a minimum. Companies can’t claim that pesticides are safe by law, so don’t believe otherwise. The best way to avoid even having to use pesticides is by employing solid prevention strategies. Also keep in mind that not every place you visit will have the same strict laws as residential areas on stronger pesticides. Gold courses are an example that may use higher-grade pesticides that could be dangerous to you and your family.

2. Purchases non-toxic products

Seek out products that aren’t toxic and use those instead of poisonous pesticides. Wondercide.com is great place to get natural ingredient-based products including property pest control products, bug sprays, and pet supplies that are effective against pests. Using non-toxic products will cut down the amount of harmful substances in your house.

3. Watch what you eat

Most grocery store produce is grown using pesticides, so make sure that you always wash the fruits and vegetables you bring home from the store. If you want to avoid food that has ever been in contact with these substances, you can visit your local farmer’s market where you can talk to the farmers and find out how they grow their food and what substances they use to fight pests.

By following these simple steps, you can be assured that you’re minimizing your exposure to harmful poisons and keeping your family safe.

Cindy Sherman writes for Wondercide, an organic pesticide company. Visit Wondercide.com for all your organic pet supply, pest control, and natural remedy needs.