4 Pest Control Tips You Can Do While in Isolation

4 Pest Control Tips You Can Do While In Isolation

What are some pest control practices to do in isolation?

  1. Clean the kitchen
  2. Throw out stagnant water
  3. Block entryways
  4. 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

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

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.

 

Block entryways

Block Entryways

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

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.

 

Key Takeaway

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.

Pests to Watch Out for During Your Quarantine

rats eating bread

What are some pests you should look out for during quarantine?

  1. Rats
  2. Cockroaches
  3. Termites
  4. Ants

Many countries around the world have begun imposing measures to curb the effects of the pandemic and to prevent its rapid spread across populations. In the Philippines, for example, an Enhanced Community Quarantine has been one of these measures. Staying an indefinite period around the home may lead individuals to notice pests during quarantine, which they might not normally notice in earlier times.

Coupled with the high level of activity in residential spaces nowadays, there is a higher possibility that these pests can compromise the quality of life inside the home.

While it can be a challenge to deal with both the pandemic and the spread of pests in the household, one need only know what to look out for. Continue reading to learn more.

 

Rats

While many of the pests on this list would prove to be quite challenging to completely eradicate, one should definitely watch out for the spread of rats, or mice populations. For those who may not be working from home and are just relaxing in their house, there is a tendency to do nothing but to eat snacks or just simply watch television. Persisting in this kind of lifestyle would lead to instances of many crumbs falling on the floor, as well as different kinds of food wrappers just strewn all over the room.

This kind of environment is precisely a breeding ground from rats that can easily creep in the night and disturb the peace. Luckily, getting rid of rats isn’t difficult, so long as the proper materials and strategies are employed. Using humane rodent traps can solve your problem with ease. It’s best to place these traps in locations where these pests are most frequently spotted. The kitchen would be a good place to start. For a more effective solution, you can use this technique with a combination of other tools such as rodenticides, snap traps, or baiting traps.

 

Cockroaches

Cockroach

Cockroaches are another kind of pest one should definitely watch out for during quarantine.

The sedentary lifestyle that most people are enjoying due to the circumstances might lead them to put off such chores like washing dishes after use. As mentioned before, the increased activity in the kitchen would lead to cockroaches roaming this area of the house more freely.

If you want to avoid this from happening, one simple practice you can do is thoroughly clean your kitchen floors and the kitchen table. This task ensures that no food bits are left out and prevents the spread of cockroaches. Another practice you can do is by religiously washing your dishes and not leaving them to sit in a sink for long periods.

Sometimes, preventive measures can already be too late. If necessary, you might have to end up using insecticides or pesticides to completely eradicate cockroaches. Just ensure you’re using chemicals which are not harmful to the environment, as well as to the people around you.

 

Termites

Flying termites are some of the most common kinds of pests that frequent Filipino households. Fortunately, you can practice several home remedies to get rid of these pesky creatures.

One thing you can do is to locate flying termite mounds lying around your house. They’re easily identifiable, since many of these flying termites flock around these spaces. Another thing you should know about flying termites is that they’re easily attracted to light sources, similar to many insects. Prevent them from entering your home by installing thicker curtains that prevent the entry of light through your windows. You can also use a bug zapper for maximum effect.

 

Ants

a trail of ants

Finally, an insect you should keep an eye out for during the lockdown is the ant. Similar to cockroaches and rats, ants are attracted to food crumbs, especially those coming from sweet snacks like biscuits, cookies, pastries, and the like.

As a preventive measure, you should properly dispose of your food wrappers after immediately consuming the contents. You should also make it a habit to sweep your kitchen and dining room floors in order to get rid of pieces of food that have been scattered all over the area.

It’s not uncommon to find a trail of ants on the walls or floors in your house. You can easily get rid of this trail by applying a solution of glass cleaner and a mild liquid detergent. This mixture works to remove the trail of scented pheromones which the ants leave behind as they crawl.

 

Key Takeaway

Your home might be more vulnerable to pests during quarantine because of the long durations you spend inside the many parts of your house. Some places you should definitely watch out for include the kitchen, dining room, and the bathroom, due to the increased level of movement in these spaces. As such, these areas are more prone to pests like ants, rats, cockroaches, and the like.

The guide above has hopefully equipped you with information on some of the pests you should divert your attention towards, especially during the quarantine. With a combination of these methods, you’ll be able to prevent their spread in no time.