What are some pest control practices to do in isolation?
- Clean the kitchen
- Throw out stagnant water
- Block entryways
- Change bed sheets
Staying in quarantine has undoubtedly led to people having to adjust to drastic lifestyle changes. People are no longer allowed to go outside unless they’re buying essential items. Without much to do at home, people can pull their own weight by maintaining their hygiene. They should highly consider incorporating different methods of pest control during isolation, especially if they want to continue safeguarding themselves and their families from sickness and health hazards they may contract due to the proliferation of unwanted house pets.
Though there’s nothing wrong with lying all day in your bedroom or eating snacks in the kitchen, you should also make sure your daily routines are not transforming your home into a breeding ground for pests. Continue reading to learn more about the simple pest control tips you can use during this time.
Clean the kitchen
The kitchen is undoubtedly one part of your house which experiences high-levels of activity on a daily basis. If there are many of you in the household, you may find yourself having to frequently clean the kitchen due to the faster build-up of stains, grime, or dust. It also wouldn’t be difficult to imagine trash building up in your kitchen area because you’re using kitchenware such as appliances, utensils, as well as pots and pans more frequently.
Fortunately, you can prevent pests from infesting your kitchen through simple practices like washing every plate after use. Leaving them out on the table will only risk the arrival of vermin, cockroaches, and even ants. As much as possible, you should cover food items that are left on the table, or store them inside durable containers inside a refrigerator. You should also avoid your dishes from piling up on the sink, because doing so will attract cockroaches and lizards, especially when you least expect it.
Throw out stagnant water
Staying in isolation inside your home doesn’t necessarily mean that you can already do away with sanitary outdoor practices. In fact, this area in your lot might be more exposed to pests like mosquitoes, worms, and microbes. Another simple way of avoiding the habitation of these pests is to throw out any stagnant water which has been left outside.
Large water drums filled to the brim are not an uncommon sight in a typical Filipino household. Keeping them unchecked for a long time, however, may lead to the attraction of different pests like mosquitos, or possibly even water parasites. The only course of action left would be to throw the water in an area where further infestations will be prevented. A more preventive practice would be to avoid leaving out stagnant water outside, in the first place.
Blocking the various entryways found around your house is also preventive maintenance when it comes to dealing with pests during this isolation period. Simple practices that don’t require any repair include properly closing doors, windows, and tightening loose screws in window screens.
A good way of determining the sources of these pests is to inspect each room in your house one-by-one. If you end up finding large holes, this is a good indication that vermin like rats or mice may frequent the area. Typically, you may find these holes behind kitchen pantries, floor corners, closets, around any piping installation, or vents. You would need to repair and seal the holes using materials such as caulk, lath metal, or cement. You may have to apply other kinds of adhesive materials for maximum effect.
Change bed sheets
When you’re spending much of your time in isolation lying in bed, you may also be forgetting days where you have to change your sheets. Not only is this unhygienic, but this practice can also make your bedsheets more prone to bed bugs and other kinds of irritating pests invisible to the naked eye.
If you’re constantly in bed, consider washing your bed sheets, pillowcases, and blankets every three days. By doing this, you’ll have more of a fighting chance in preventing a bed bug infestation in your room. These pests can cause discomfort on your skin, like small red marks, itchiness, or allergies. While treatment for bedbug bites aren’t necessarily difficult, preventive changing and washing of your sheets is still the better choice.
Pest control during isolation may seem challenging if you don’t know where to begin. With some pest control services temporarily suspending their operations, you’re left with home remedies that you have to stick to, in order to avoid further infestation of the different parts of your home.
When it comes to doing your own pest control, you don’t really have to think about complicated measures. Simply washing your dishes in the kitchen, throwing out your trash, or changing your bedsheets can be highly effective in getting rid of these unwanted creatures.