Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
The development and general acceptance of the new insecticides has greatly helped housewives in their battles with insects found in the home. Yet the use of these chemicals does not rule out the importance of sanitation and good housekeeping in preventing the establishment of these pests. Sanitation is a basic principle of pest control. Insects found in South Dakota homes destroy and contaminate foods and ruin fabrics. Some attack our dwellings and other buildings; others bite or annoy humans, carrying diseases and causing irritation or secondary infections. The presence of other insects merely constitutes a nuisance. Even the most well-kept homes sometimes become infested. This situation is no disgrace but every effort should be made to control these pests once they are detected.
Lofgren, John A., "Control Household Insects" (1953). SDSU Extension Circulars. 573.