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Pests of various kinds are mostly active during the wet season. Some may stay outdoors, and some may unfortunately invade the warmth and peace of your home. It is essential to protect your space through proper cleaning and pest prevention practices. To be sure, you may also want to contact pest control to help out in eliminating a growing population of unwanted visitors. Here are a few other tips to keep pests away during the wet season:
Still water is the breeding place of many pests, especially mosquitoes, as it serves as their nest where they lay eggs. These could be malaria or dengue mosquitoes and put your family’s health in danger. Clearing out will prevent or at least minimize their reproduction. Check in and outside your home for unused tin cans, containers, tires and other items that could collect and hold water.
Food particles left on your sheets are likely to attract pests, so regularly brush your bedding or avoid eating there altogether. You can use a clean broom to brush off dusts from your bed sheet, mattress, pillow and covers. Otherwise you will attract a handful of bed bugs that will greet you bad morning with irritating, swollen bites.
Earthworms find damp spaces attractive. While it enjoys the wet ground outdoors, it will only take a while before they invade your supposedly clean and neat space. While they may be harmless, it is still important to main cleanliness within your bathroom. After all, that’s where you clean yourself.
People coming in and out of the house means doors are constantly opened, and you may often want to open the window to let air circulate. These perfectly normal actions unfortunately provide opportunities for pests such as mosquitoes, beetles, and other insects to enter your home. Install screens or window nets on your windows and doors, and repair loose edges to keep the little pests from coming in.
You may see cracks and gaps as something too small to bother with but it’s a bigger deal than it looks. Tiny bugs, most especially termites, will use this opportunity to find food, shelter, and warmth inside your house. If you leave such access points during the wet season, you will be considered a volunteer to adopt a variety of pesky critters. Save yourself the bigger trouble in the long run by repairing cracks and sealing the gaps on your walls and foundation.
Any food out in the open is fair game. Keep opened goods in sealed containers or inside the refrigerator so as not to be mistaken as food offering.
Garbage kept in the home for long periods of time poses more health hazards than just inviting insects and rodents. As such, it is important to properly store and clear out the garbage in and around your home. All trash bins inside the house should be emptied out every day or every other day. All garbage bins outside the home must have a lid.
Wood is very important to termites as it is their primary source of food, and damp wood makes no difference – there will still be types of termites that will most likely come for its demise. Keep all wooden items in clean and dry spaces. Apply eco-friendly pesticide if possible to further discourage termites from coming in.
Shrubs and trees serve as shelter for many bugs when it rains. Trim trees and plants regularly so there’s less places for the pests to hide.
Mix one teaspoon of wheat flour and boric powder then add minimal amount of water to create a tacky mixture. Use this to make small balls that you will then place in the corners of your room to prevent cockroach infestation.