An Insect Free Home

by roshi on July 8, 2007

in Health

Well, here are some useful pointers; preventive measures and controls that will not take more than 10 minutes of your precious time and easily help you maintain an insect-free home:

  1. Regularly air and thoroughly vacuum carpets etc., in your home, taking care not to forget poorly accessible places.
  2. Larvae on the wall should be wiped off with a cloth or removed using a vacuum cleaner.
  3. Beetles on windows indoors should simply be moved outdoors.
  4. Infested textiles should be brushed out, beaten, washed, cleaned or ironed.
  5. Do not allow water to accumulate at the base of flowerpots or in pet dishes for more than 2 days.
  6. Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs.
  7. Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or puddles that remain for several days.
  8. Change water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week.
  9. Eliminate sewage from cisterns, cesspools, and septic tanks.
  10. Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from stagnating for several days.
  11. Mosquitoes can be kept out of the home by keeping windows, doors and porches tightly screened.
  12. Use repellents containing ingredients such as diethyl phthalate, diethyl carbate, diethyl toluamide (DEET), and ethyl hexanediol. Check the label for these active ingredients.

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