Are pests making your home their nest? – India Today

Most dont realise it, but you share your home with different species of flies, spiders, ants, and other arthropods. They can be found just about anywhere and everywhere, especially if prompt action is not taken. In some cases, they can also cause harm to your health. With the pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions, its not always possible to call a pest-control service. While it might be tempting to turn to pesticides, most contain hazardous chemicals that may eliminate pests but are also harmful to your health. You may think it is alright to spray a small amount and it will evaporate. No, the toxins remain in the environment and can enter your body through inhaling, says Pankaj Poddar, the co-founder of Hipcouch, an interior design company, adding, Natural remedies are always helpful in ensuring a pest-free home. They are not expensive, are easy to use and are health and eco-friendly. Plus, pesticides can end up in landfills and add to environmental pollution. They are also hazardous to rag pickers who handle these tins without any gloves or protection." So, Poddar lists a few amazing DIYs for a pest-free home.

Sweep and swab your floors daily. Dusting every day will remove spider webs and keep the spiders away. Clean and organise your wardrobes and drawers every week. Turn your mattress regularly to check for bed bugs and ants, says Poddar. If possible, dry your mattress under the sun at least fortnightly so moisture evaporates off. Cockroaches and even mosquitoes find closed and untouched spaces a comfy home. Follow a consistent and thorough cleaning routine. Above all keep your home clutter-free and dirt-free, he says. Pests hate clean homes.

A little care towards maintaining a clean kitchen is all you need to keep unwanted pests away. Do not let spills and leftover crumbs remain on the floor or countertops for long. While you are cooking, open the window for ventilation or keep the exhaust fan on during the cooking and 15 minutes after it, says Poddar. Odours also attract pests, but good airflow acts as a deterrent. Another place that pests love is the dirty sink. Never keep the sinks filled with used dishes. Leaving sinks with dirty utensils overnight is like throwing a party for cockroaches, he explains. Clean the shelves and cabinets regularly. Dirty dustbins also need your daily attention. Ensure you keep the dustbin shut as open bins can attract cockroaches, flies, mosquitoes and rats. Also, clean your dustbin from time to time. It is also not a good idea to leave pet food outside overnight, he says.

A dirty bathroom is a pest facilitator. First, repair leaking taps or pipes to keep the bathroom dry. If there is any breakage near the drain, try to fix it and, if possible, keep them covered at night, as they are the entryway for rodents, says Poddar.

Small cracks and holes make up convenient homes for pests. Timely repairs can also spare you expensive maintenance jobs later, he says. Look for openings and cracks behind sinks, on doors and window screens, or about anywhere. Address the issues promptly to avoid pest entries and residence.

As per Poddar to keep cockroaches away, try the baking soda and sugar trick. Take a couple of teaspoons of baking soda and a teaspoonful of sugar and mix them in a bowl. You can keep the bowl in cockroach-infested areas or sprinkle the mixture in the corners of your home. You can also try boric powder to get rid of cockroaches. Take a couple of teaspoons of wheat flour and boric powder. Make a dough with a few drops of water. Make small balls of the dough and place them in the corners of your home. It will make the cockroaches disappear, he says.

Wiping shelves, cabinets, countertops and tabletops with a vinegar-water solution not only removes odours but also acts as an effective fly-repellent. You can also try essential oils. These remedies are also effective against ants. Camphor also works well to deter flies. You can keep the camphor pieces in a small bowl, place them in nooks or light a piece and spread the fumes around your home, says Poddar.

You can also try garlic to ward off mosquitoes. Take a few garlic pods and boil them in water. Take the solution in a spray bottle and spray around in the house. The pungent odour of the solution repels mosquitoes, and they will stay out of your home. It could also help against lizards as reptiles hate strong smells, says Poddar.

A solution of cinnamon oil and water is a great wat to keep away dust mites. Take a spray bottle, add half a cup of water and two to three drops of the oil. You can spray the solution on beds and carpets. Essential oils do not leave any stain on your beds or carpets as they evaporate soon enough. You can also experiment with different essential oils to ward off pests and see what works best, he says.

Rub citrus peels on bookshelves, corners of your rooms, windowsills or the areas prone to spider attacks, says Poddar. You can even prepare a water and lemon juice solution in equal parts and use it to wipe countertops and table surfaces or use the solution as a spray on windowsills and doorways.

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