No one wants to see roaches scurrying or ants marching across their kitchen counters or down their walls. But before using pesticides, people can consider other alternatives available to control pests. One of the first steps to reducing pests and insects in the house is removing whatever it is that they are attracted to. Keep counters and floors clean of food scarps. And dripping faucets and soaking dishes should be avoided because they serve as a water source enticing insects into the kitchen. Keep foods that pests find attractive such as flour, macaroni, and cornmeal in the refrigerator to eliminate easy access by bugs.