Most of us think that it is very normal to see rats, mosquitoes, cockroaches, etc. inside the house and they are not harmful. People mostly have a creepy feeling than any other concern. The initial and most common response by us is to either kill them immediately using some household tools or force them out of their house. These methods may be effective for a few days or maybe a few hours only. In the end, we will have to tackle the same problem again.
Now that we have an overview of the threats imposed by pests, let us take a look at a few different types of pests that are common in houses and the specific harm they can cause.
Ants – These insects though look small but pose a big threat. Ants are generally attracted by food smell and moisture. If you see ants regularly in your house, it probably highlights an ant infestation. Ants can contaminate food and carry different types of bacteria which can lead to serious health problems like infections, allergies, etc. They also pose a threat to the wood, household appliances, etc. The bite of ants can be very painful.
Rodents – Rats and mice in your house can irk you. They are commonly available in most houses. Rodents are attracted to food smells, spilled liquids and can do considerable damage to various things e.g. due to sharp teeth, they can easily bite their way through wooden doors, they can destroy food containers, carpets, etc. If not checked, they can easily contaminate food which can cause infections and various dangerous diseases. If they start breeding inside the house, they can be very difficult to deal with.
Mosquitoes – Everybody knows the threats mosquitoes bring. Malaria, Dengue, etc. are some of the diseases caused by mosquitoes and these may actually be life threatening. They feed on human blood. The most important cause of mosquitoes residing in the house is unclean stagnant water which can be present in your bucket, pool, grass coolers, etc. They are also present if the areas where there are plants and dense bushes. They thrive in hot weather. If not controlled, mosquitoes can multiply many folds and lead to many problems.\
Termites – Termites can destroy your precious wood assets like furniture, bed, wooden shelves, doors, windows, and cupboards. The strange thing is that most of the times you will not even know if there is any damage. If any wooden thing is affected by termites, then that wooded area would just crumble leaving a hollow space. Not only this, termites can also damage books, papers, plants, etc. They are attracted by moisture, dead plants or trees in your garden and wooden things.
Cockroaches – Cockroaches are another common type of pests found inside the house especially in the kitchen. Cockroaches love residing in humid conditions and dark places. Mostly they are found near the garbage and drain areas where they search for food. They can contaminate food which thus can lead to allergies and infections.
Clothes Moths – They attack carpets, clothes, etc. They can attack anything relating to cotton, wool, fabrics, etc. They can chew their way and damage clothes, carpets, etc..
Bed bugs – Bed bugs feed on human blood at night. They can cause skin allergies, infections and to some extent also contaminate the bloodstream. They are generally transmitted when things are shifted from the infested place to some other place.
The pest control methods have evolved and we can control almost any type of pests. The professional help is always a good option for pest control, but let us focus on some of the household precautions and methods which we can implement.
First and foremost, you need to keep your house clean on a regular basis. Pests thrive on stagnant water, moisture, unclean environment, stale food, and garbage.
Make sure that there is no water or moisture near the wooden materials and structures.
Keep your food, grains, sugary food, etc. always in airtight containers so that the pests cannot enter them. Dispose of any stale or expired food item.
Keep your clothes safely in a wardrobe that lock it when not needed.
Make sure you keep the doors and windows shut if you sense mosquitoes, flies, etc inside the house.
Make use of common “off the shelf” products like mothballs, repellent creams, sticky traps, chemical sprays, etc.
If there are hanging branches from trees reaching your house, cut them as quickly as possible as pests can infiltrate from trees to houses.
Seal any gaps and cracks on the walls, doors, windows and wherever you feel there are chances of pests entering the house. This method will be helpful against ants, rodents, and cockroaches.
Clean any liquid or food spills as they can attract pests.
For safety, a layer of metal plating can be added to the doors and windows, especially on the edges. This technique can actually help to keep the rodents out of the house as they would not be able to chew through metal.
Apart from the above mentioned pest control methods, there are some common household pest control treatments that you can go for.
Soap Water – Spraying the soap water on pests like cockroaches can repel or even kill them.
Boric Acid – This is a very popular ingredient and can easily kill cockroaches.
Repellents – There are many repellents available in the market today which can be used in some form or even can be applied on the skin for protection against mosquitoes, flies, etc.
Neem – Neem leaves and its oil is considered as an insect repellent.
Mint – This is also considered to be a good repellent especially for flies and mosquitoes.
Vacuum Cleaning – Vacuum cleaning can effectively remove bed bugs and termites to a certain extent. The objective here is to keep the place clean.
Water – Hot water wash for bed, carpets, etc. can be a good option to control bugs, termites, etc.
Eucalyptus / Bay leaves – Eucalyptus and bay leaves are very good insect repellent like mint.
Grounded Coffee – Coffee powder can be actually a good insect repellent.
Mothballs – These are easily available and effectively repel clothes moths. Washing of clothes on a frequent basis is also a remedy.
Traps – There are many rodents and other insect traps available in the market that can help you trap pests.
The household methods can be effective, but you will have to be cautious about any pest infestation and reoccurrence. Also, performing and implementing these methods can be tricky and time-consuming. Factors like the correct amount of product or ingredient to use is very important. You will also need to have the right skills and proper knowledge about which method to use for which type of pest.
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