Make your Home Pest-Free this Monsoon with Home Remedies!
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Monsoon is one of the most awaited seasons because of the pleasant atmosphere it creates. Besides getting natural relief from the scorching heat, the rainy season offers a fresh natural beauty all around. But where there is bliss, there is some snags around. If natural freshness and cool breezy weather is the bliss of the rainy season, then the snag is the sudden infliction of pests and bugs around.
According to the famous quote of poet Wordsworth, “nature never did betray the heart that loves here”. But the poet had forgotten probably the pests and the bugs that get manifested around the household during this season. In fact, the bugs are one of the most irritating snags of monsoon. In fact, rainy season insects may cause many diseases affecting people.
But where there is a will there is a way. With little effort you can get rid of these pesky bugs at least from your home.
However, it is possible to enjoy the season with its fullest bliss if we plan properly to keep pests at bay/ insects in monsoon and help to attain a pest-free home.
Monsoon is a season of humid and wet climate; hence it acts as the best breeding season for the mosquitoes, ants, insects, bugs, moulds, fungus, etc. We can ward them away, if we introduce and maintain some changes in and around our home with meticulous use of natural or chemical insecticide and pesticide.
Ways to Keep Pests/ Insects at Bay in Monsoon
You may implement a few preventive measures in your weekly errands to get a pest-free home. Besides enjoying a cleaned ambiance and privilege of enjoying the rainy season without much botheration and health threats from these seasonal bugs. The below mentioned clues are some handy ways to keep pests/ insects at bay in monsoon:
01. Declutter the clutter in and around your home. It’s better not to accumulate unwanted clutter, as we often think of disposing them later and they become a mess. Before arriving of the monsoon, disperse them off and clean the area thoroughly with bleaching powder or baking soda.
Even arrange unwanted things out of your wardrobe, bookshelves, kitchen, storeroom, etc. The more clutter you hold, the more is the risk of the spreading menace.
02. Clean the basement and the parking lot. Get the area cleaned by the disinfectant before the start of monsoon and repeat the cleaning process in each fortnight interval.
03. Regular rain often promotes unwanted moisture and that becomes the breeding spot for the unsightly green moss to grow profusely, and the mossy ground attracts unwanted pests.
Don’t let the moss and algae grow in your open track. It might prove hazardous for health, and people might get hurt slipping on the moss as they make the area highly slippery.
04. Don’t let the water stand stagnant in your premise. Not only unhealthy, this stand still type water accrues mosquitoes, flies, and insects and they start germinating at a breakneck pace. Dengue and chikungunya mosquitoes are believed to grow in stagnant water.
Consider immediate removal of empty vessels and pots from the balcony, ground, and rooftop if any. If you cannot throw them away, you must place them upside down. You should clean coolers, AC ducts, roofs, and corners of the balcony garden where there is the risk of water stagnation. Check your surroundings for finding open pits, which can accumulate water. Get it repaired immediately before monsoon comes in.
05. Install mosquito net screen for the doors and the windows. Use a fine tiniest form of mesh for your doors and windows to get rid of insects, mosquitoes, fleas, and other pests. It will allow air to flow but will block the pesky bugs.
Many brands have launched net screen for entries and the windows: check and install the product in your home. It is the best thing because it saves you from staying safe from pests and proper ventilation and lighting will never be affected.
06. Cover the water tanks to safeguard from mosquitoes and ants. Contaminated water may kindle the risk to water-borne diseases.
07. Mend the cracks, crevices, and holes. Take double care in closing the cracks, crevices, and tunnels by installing safe wire mesh, plaster of Paris, and sealants. These are the places where the pests occupy and hide. They are harmful to the health of the dwellers. Also, you should take special care for the gas line and appliance vents: if found, you block them by sealants.
08. Barricade the door top and bottom space with fine wire mesh so that no pests get its entry in your safe home. Use door seals to fill if in any gap is found.
09. Plant (Tulsi) Basil in your home. Not only it is considered as a sacred herb, also it blocks the entry of bugs and insects in your premise. The fragrance of tulsi repels pests and it is good to sniff for humans. Chewing tulsi leaves keeps cough and cold away.
10. Try your best in keeping your washroom air-dry. Wet restrooms help molds and fungus to develop and even if not attended timely it might turn into a breeding ground of pests.
11. You should clean and dry bathroom after every usage. Consider using an exhaust fan to ward off the usual foul smell in bathroom. The dry bathroom also is safe for kids and seniors. Moulds and fungus may give rise to allergic and respiratory problems.
12. You should use boiled water or filtered water to stay away from most of the water-borne infections and diseases.
13. Prefer to wear all covered trousers and shirts to keep you safe from the mosquitoes, bugs and insects.
14. Arrange to sprinkle bleaching powder in all nook and corners of your staircase, rooftops and basement area to control the entry of pests.
15. Place naphthalene balls inside your wardrobes, bathroom basins, in beddings and winter clothes to check pest entry.
16. In the kitchen, place 3-4 pieces of cloves in grains, cereals, and lentils. It wards off ants, mites and bugs.
17. In the kitchen, you can have pest control done to ward off cockroach from cabinets. These days, cockroach gel is available to keep them away.
18. Close all open holes in the house, and prevents the intrusion of the rats to enter.
19. You should keep cloves inside the woolen and silk clothes: this is an inexpensive but sure way to keep silverfish bugs away from the harmful infestation.
20. Naphthalene balls and cloves can be spread under the bed mattress to keep the foul odour, white ants and, bugs away.
21. Discard leftover foods as they mostly invite rodents, roaches, ants, and flies in your house.
22. Use of covered wastebaskets is highly recommended. It will help you to avoid spillage of food and remnants of the kitchen.
23. Clean your fridge weekly and keep the newspaper in a vegetable basket to suck extra moisture.
24. Kitchen and bathroom drain should be cleaned with sufficient bleaching powder mixed with vinegar. It will clean the clogs and at the same time it will kill all the germs and bacteria developing in these places.
Essential Oils to Keep Pests Away
One of the best ways to keep bugs out of house is using essential oils. These oils ward off pests, and it is naturally safe for in-home use, thus these oils help you in maintaining an insect-proof house. It is a natural way to keep spiders, mosquitoes, bugs, mites, etc. away.
01. Peppermint oil may control ants, fleas, flies, beetles, moths, roaches and spiders without the adverse effects of chemicals.
02. Thyme oil can control chiggers, ticks, and beetles to enter your premise.
03. Lemongrass can keep chiggers, fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks away from your house.
04. Lavender oil can restrict the entry of harmful chiggers, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, and ticks in your area.
05. Citronella oil is useful for warding off pesky mosquitoes, moths, and roaches.
These five essential oils are enough to manage the pest infestation in your home and the surroundings.
Now you must know the best way to use these essential oils for your natural pest control. You can mix 15 drops of all these five oils in one cup of water, and pour the entire mix in a spray bottle. You can spray it generously in the corners of the rooms and open space in your premise where you may have the problem of the pest infestation. You can spray behind the cabinets and wardrobes. Being natural, it is safe to use.
Dangers of Monsoon Pests
Apart from flu, cough and cold, as well as food poisoning and indigestion, there are few more dangerous diseases, which mostly get invoked by the Monsoon Pests. Some of the examples are,
01. Dengue fever is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes resulting in severe headache, high temperature, and restlessness, and at times, it proves fatal for some cases.
02. Chikungunya is also caused by mosquito bite, and the discomfort is more or less the same as Dengue. However, in case of Chikungunya, joint pain is crucial, and it lingers even after the critical hours are over and the patient is out of the danger.
03. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. The infected person experiences high fever, chill, and pain. It is severe, and may prove fatal in some cases.
Few Handy Tips to Get Rid of Pest and Rainy Season Insects from Home
There are some home remedies to get rid of pests and rainy season insects from the house:
Place eggshells to ward off lizards in the corners of the kitchen. You may place sliced onion; it is helpful to check lizards because they hate the smell of Sulphur. Additionally, the peacock feathers are also a great way of keeping lizards away.
Cockroaches get attracted to moisture and water leaks from pipes. It is the reason you find them moving around your sink. So, don’t let water stand in the sink and don’t overwater the indoor plants. Place slices of cucumber to the entry points of the cockroaches. Mix boric acid, oatmeal and sugar in equal ratio and place it at the entry points. It is poisonous for them.
Spraying a solution of soap and water on the roaches suffocates them as they breathe through their skin. As said by ‘Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen’ (Authors of Best Ever Home Secrets), ‘combine equal portion of baking soda and powdered sugar, and sprinkle the mixture wherever the roaches hide and walk. The sugar will attract them, and the baking soda will destroy them.’
Don’t let water stand in any vessels, gadgets or pots in the monsoon season. Stagnant water becomes a breeding ground for the mosquitoes. Mix vanilla extract with water and keep it in your home to avoid mosquitoes. Marigold repel mosquitoes very well, so planting them near the doors and windows will help you to eliminate the trace of mosquitoes from your home.
There are some strong-smelling plants like basil, bay leaf, lavender and mint that flies do not like. Therefore, these plants in your home near your windows can prevent these bugs from entering the houses. You may place crushed mint leaves in and around your home and flies will fly away.
You may flush drain with bleaching powder and hot water to get rid of flies. Camphor has a strong smell which the flies hate. You can place it under the open windows to spread the aroma around, thus preventing the bugs from entering the home.
You may occasionally wipe off your bed and wooden furniture with kerosene, and it will keep bedbugs away. Spray liquid insecticides or aerosols around and under the bed. But do keep in mind that spray should not be done on the areas that you are most likely to touch, sit or walk.
Place mint leaves in storage shelves and wardrobes to keep moths away. Cedarwood is considered as a moth repellant. Making your closets with it can help to get rid of moths. You can even place the cedar chips wherever you find the moths.
Fill a sachet with the combination of herbs like cloves, thyme and rosemary to keep control over moths. Replace the sachets every six months or when you find the sachet losing its fragrance.
A mixture of vinegar and water keeps spiders away. Spray the mixture on the cobwebs, shelves, and the corners of the house. Fill a spray bottle with water and mix it with 15-20 drops of oil. Spray it in all the corners where you find the spiders. Spiders can’t tolerate the smell of peppermint oil and so, will run instantly away.
Mix equal quantity of soap and water to drive the ants away. Another simple home remedy is to sprinkle the rice flour on the ants wherever you find them in your home. As said by ‘Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen’ (Authors of Best Ever Home Secrets), ‘Figure out the ants from their main entry points and sprinkle those places with either of the following: chili powder, cinnamon, bay leaves, salted cucumber peelings, baby powder or distilled white vinegar.’ It will help you to get rid of ants.
Try these homely natural tips and enjoy seamlessly a clean and cozy pest-free home with your loved ones.
To wrap it all, the advent of monsoon brings a pleasant atmosphere but at the same time, the moist ambiance of the house welcomes the pests and insects in the home. It is better to take good care of our home and keep the trying times of the monsoon away.
You have to keep your home and the surrounding clean and disinfected. You may plant trees, herbs and succulents that will add life to your surroundings. Not only these green bodies exhale oxygen enriched fresh air, they act as the elixir to life. By implementing the above-mentioned home remedy tips, you can get a pest-free home and keep the pests/insects at bay in monsoon. And, if you can’t handle the number of pests, consider calling pest specialists to help you get rid of them.
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