Monday, 25 September 2017
Having pests at home can be a nuisance especially if you have limited knowledge on how to handle them. Most people cannot entertain the idea of bugs creeping and crawling all over the house. Many websites and blogs have written different articles on pest control, most of the articles have conflicting information. This may overwhelm you and leave you wondering which methods you need to follow.
Worry no more; this article will give you useful and practical solutions for common household pests.
With a few preventative procedures and DIY measures, pests in your house will be a thing of the past. Pests are usually attracted to water and food. Take out the garbage regularly, clean the kitchen thoroughly and store your food in tight containers. If you can’t handle controlling the pests, leave it to the professionals. Specialists use sophisticated and proven techniques like fumigation to get rid of the pests. You can alternatively do it yourself without necessarily using any harmful chemicals. The best bug controls are harmless. Natural pest control methods are just as effective as the toxic chemicals that degrade the environment. Besides, they help protect our loved ones, our pets, our communities and to an extent, the world.
Tips for Pest Control
• Consider alternative methods to pesticides first.
• Schedule an inspection before purchasing or selling your home. Your potential buyer will be glad to know that the house is bug-free.
• Buy natural and safe products that can be trusted. Check the labels keenly before buying any product.
• Only buy pesticides that are designed for the pests you intend to treat.
• Follow label instructions to the letter and use the least amount possible.
• If you suspect pesticide poisoning, seek medical attention immediately.
Ignoring the above tips may give you undesired results. Incorrect use is not only ineffective but also dangerous.
Methods of Pest Control
1. Preventive Measures
You have probably heard this before; prevention is better than cure. The best step towards pest control is not to invite them inside in the first place. You need to be vigilant to keep an eye out for potential pest infestation. Never ignore surroundings that could attract pests.
• Get rid of stagnant water.
• Cover your food and drinks.
• Avoid storing wood near your home.
• Minimize pests hiding spots.
• Keep your gutters clean at all times to prevent mosquito breeding.
If pests have already made your home theirs too, you need to act fast. Among the most commonly used methods are natural repellents for particular insects and natural killing sprays. Regardless of the size of your home, there are measures you can take for your precise bug trouble.
Pest barriers are meant to prevent both crawling and flying insects like ants from entering your home. They act like barbed wire - practical and economical. We’ll discuss them in detail below.
• Cucumbers – cucumbers are probably your favorite vegetable. What you probably do not know is that the cucumber peelings are also an effective ant deterrent. The strips work better when they are bitter. To prevent ants from entering your home, spread cucumber peels at the entry points. This will send the ants scurrying. There you go, this is a tried and tested remedy that will not pose any health risks to you, your family or your furry companion.
• Garlic – garlic is a popular natural insecticide for mosquitoes. To use it efficiently, grind it up and mix it with water and apply at the entry points.
• Pennyroyal, peppermint, and spearmint – these plants are known to repel aphids and ants. Grow them around the periphery of your home. Plant basil and mint under the windows and around doorways to repel flies. The plants have a sweet scent that you will enjoy inhaling.
• Ash, sand, and copper – these deter the movement of snails. You can apply them to entries or walkways to keep them away from your home.
• Seal cracks to prevent entry of moisture that attracts most pests. Most pests enter your home in search moisture that is essential for them to survive. Be consistent in using the barriers for best results.
3.) Natural Repellents and Insecticides
As mentioned above, it is advisable to avoid harmful pesticides that not only pose significant health concerns but also reduce effectiveness with continued use.
• Boric acid is an effective killer of cockroaches and other annoying insects.
• Powdered sugar mixed with baking soda in equal proportions is an excellent way to get rid of cockroaches from your kitchen. For best results, spread the mixture into areas you normally see them and wait for them to vanish.
• Cloves are a natural deterrent against winged pets like moths. Create a water trap by filling a bowl with water and leave a bulb or torch suspended over it. They will be attracted to the light, crash, burn and eventually fall into the water.
• Grounded rosemary leaves sprinkled on your pet’s coat, or its bedding will ward off fleas.
• Neem oil contains the compound sallanin that repels and kills insects like spider mites and mosquitoes. Being a natural product, you can add a few drops of neem oil to your lotion and apply the mixture just before going to bed.
• Cayenne pepper – when mixed with water and a few drops of ivory soap, the mixture kills termites and other insects.
Use the simple natural solutions listed above, and you will love the outcome.
In extreme cases, have your home inspected by a licensed pest control operator. Bedbugs are particularly becoming a nuisance to many homeowners in Singapore. Fumigation helps to kill bugs more efficiently. It utilizes toxic gas to exterminate pests in an enclosed house. For bad infestations, it may be the only method that will work. If improperly done, the gas is harmful to humans. You, therefore, need to take extra precautions. You should vacate your home together with your family and pets for a minimum of three days. Ensure you seal food and any consumables in the house before leaving. You will sleep well knowing that there are no critters to worry about.
Home pest control methods should be both effective and safe. On top of the knowledge you may have of the natural remedies and their application, you need to incorporate products manufactured from non-synthetic ingredients to get rid of the pests at home. These elements include naturally occurring compounds, natural oils, and other non-toxic ingredients. Feel free to share the above information with your peers.
Friday, 21 July 2017
Pests of all sorts and sizes can inadvertently make their way into a house and cause an infestation. Some pests find their way indoors mistakenly, while others are intentionally seeking shelter and food sources. Pest control can be costly and sometimes invasive if a problem presents. While some infestations occur despite a homeowner's best efforts, there are several things you can do to deter pests. Here are some few tips for effective pest control.
Keep your home clean:
The number one thing you can do to deter common pests from your home is to keep the all places clean, especially the kitchen. Food is the primary reason any pest will invade a home. Ants, cockroaches, and various other insects, as well as mice, are all gluttons for an easy meal. Avoid leaving food sources in easy reach on your counters, in your sink, or exposed in your trash cans. If you do leave food out, such as leftover cake, fruit, or bread, be sure to cover it or seal it in an airtight container.
Be sure to routinely clean areas where food is prepared and served as well. Even the smallest of crumbs left on the floor can pique a pest's interest and serve as a food source. Avoid leaving dishes that haven't been rinsed in the sink and make sure to seal foods that are stored in cupboards properly. Reducing the availability and access to food sources is the best deterrent.
Avoid dark and damp spaces:
Even with food sources eliminated, there are other conditions that some pests find favorable. Dark, damp spaces are ideal breeding grounds for some insects. Make sure to keep wet towels and other linens off the floor and keep areas underneath sinks clean and dry. Always store items in attics or basements in airtight containers, as even paper or cardboard can act as a food or nesting source for some pests.
Practice good hygiene:
To avoid parasitic insects such as fleas or ticks, practice good hygiene. When you've been outside, especially if you've walked through high grass or weedy areas, wipe the bottoms of your shoes on a mat and remove them before entering the house. Use a rag to wipe off your ankles and lower legs to brush off any small insects that may have attached themselves. If you have pets, brush and inspect them frequently for fleas and ticks.
Some parasitic insects attach themselves to a variety of objects. Always wash clothes when you bring them home, inspect any linen or fabric item you bring in that wasn't packaged, and be sure to wash or clean all clothing and baggage after returning from a trip. These small measures can prevent inadvertently introducing a hitchhiking pest into your home.
Seal up any cracks or holes:
Another way to deter pests is to make the entrance into the home more difficult. Seal up any cracks or holes that provide access from the outside. Cracks around windows, doors, and other areas of the home that are not sealed make ideal entrances for a variety of pests. Maintain these areas by sealing with sealant or steel wool and expanding foam, and you will reduce the chances of any unwanted guest gaining entrance.
Use preventative pest control products on a regular basis:
Treating the foundation around your home and doors, in basements, crawlspaces, and attics with pest control products is a good deterrent. Even if you don't like the idea of using pesticides, there are a variety of earth-friendly options that work as well. Check with a pest control service for available products.
Keep the exterior of your house clean:
Since pests come from the outside in, giving attention to the outdoors is warranted. Don't let high grasses or weeds grow up around the home, and keep trash and brush to a minimum. Avoid leaving standing water in containers or other areas around your home as well. If you have water features with no aquatic life, consider chlorinating the water.
Pests are a nuisance in any place and can be hazardous to health and destructive to buildings. There are pests in every place with some places having more than others while some come in different species based on the location. No matter where you are, pest control will have to be part of your plan especially if you are living there for a long time. Different measures are applied depending on the type of pests found, usage of building and intensity of pests infestation. The best practice is always to have a regular check up on your property to make an early detection of pests and engage a pest control company before the situation gets out of hand.
Pest control services are common in many areas, and you don't have to drive so far or make a lengthy internet search to find pest control providers. One of the questions people grapple with is why you need a pest control company to do such mundane tasks as spraying flies, wasps, bed bugs, ants or any other pest. To many, the sight of a pest in the house is an opportunity to try the popular insecticide being advertised on TV or billboards. However, though spraying is done to the satisfaction of the house owner, the problem remains unresolved.
Pests are very insidious in their operations, movement, and organization. By the time they get noticed, they will normally have been there for at least a month or more. They hide in places that are hard to reach, and any spraying by a non-professional will in most cases end up just eliminating a small percentage of the pests. The rest will remain to breed and resurface in bigger numbers and in more places than before. That is why you should always engage a pest control company when you notice a pest or pests that need to be eliminated.
The process of pest control begins with an evaluation of the house or premises by a well-trained person. This person must also be informed of the type of pests available in the area. After evaluation, they will be in a position to take the most appropriate pest control and ensure all pests are eliminated. They ensure their chemicals reach every hiding place of pests and kill the pests and their eggs together. An effective pest control service should leave you free of the pests and give an appropriate guarantee on the time you need to require another service. A good pest control company should keep in touch with you even after the service to monitor the success of their work and ensure you remain secure and safe.
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Rodents, insects and other pests can invade your home and make life very difficult for you and your family. You need to know how to keep pests out of your home and maintain a habitable environment for your loved ones. Many homeowners try their best to ensure that cockroaches and bedbugs stay out of their homes, but these pesky insects often find their way into homes to wreck havoc. You could either choose to keep pests and insects out by implementing the pest control tips offered below or wait until they invade your home before spraying them with an insecticide and calling pest control professionals. But prevention is better than cure.
Tip #1 Keep Your House Clean
The cleaner your house the more pests will find it less attractive and the lesser the chances of pests living or breeding in your home. Therefore, it is advisable to always keep your house clean to maintain an environment that is less conducive for breeding pests.
Tip #2 Keep Foodstuffs Away From Pests
The number one mistake most people make is that they leave foodstuffs out in the open where pests can find them. Leftovers that are sprinkled all over the kitchen and dining room floor can make it very hard to keep insects away from your home. However, with a well-organized and maintained room you can manage to keep your house free of insects. Ensure that you pick up any food items dropped on the floor or table after meals. Food bags and boxes should also be closed to keep insects away from invading your kitchen and dining. Throw away any stale foods to reduce the insect-attraction.
Tip # 3 Keep Checking the Kitchen Cabinets, Cracks and Gaps
Insects and pests love the kitchen; this is no secret. It is where they can easily find food to feed on and breed. Keep checking and cleaning your kitchen cabinets to ensure that insects do not take advantage of the cracks to hide and breed in them. The exterior of your home can also have cracks, gaps and crevices that insects can hide in. Seal any openings that could be hiding insects to ensure pests do not find your home conducive for hiding and breeding.
Tip # 4 Check Door and Windows
Insects and pests love to hide. They can wiggle through even the tiniest of cracks and gaps. Therefore, always inspect your doors and windows, and repair any broken windows and doors to ensure they fit well or do not have spaces for insects to hide. You may also purchase screen meshes with tiny holes from home stores and fit them on your windows to keep insects out.
Tip # 5 Trim Back Pest Bridges to Your House
Plant and tree branches or shrubbery can touch your home and act as pest-bridges to your home. Trim them to ensure that they stay as far away from your roof and house as possible. Pine straw, wood chips, and general mulch can be an ideal shelter for insects and pests. Use rocks or stones instead, as they are a less pest-attractive ground cover.
Tip # 6 Keep Your Yard Clean
Yards, decks, garages and patios can provide an ample ground for insects and pests. Keeping these places free of litter, weeds, trash and stagnant water can help keep insects away. Your trash cans or dustbins should have clean, tight-fitting lids to discourage pests from hanging around them. Also, do clean the cans and bins, as well as the surrounding area, on a regular basis to remove spills and debris or food items, on which insects and pests feed on.
Tip # 7 Clean Sink and Floor Drains
These places accumulate debris and gunk, which can be attractive for insects and provide an ideal hiding or breeding ground for pests. Small flies like to hide under the sink and floor drains. Inspect, clean and maintain sinks, basements, tubs, and laundry room floors and floor drains to make them less attractive for insects.
Hiring Pest Control Services
Bed bugs, mosquitoes, termites, cockroaches, bees, rats, and ants are some of the most common pests that invade and live in homes. The best way to get rid of pests is to eliminate them from the source. While you can do the spraying by yourself, you lack the professional skills and tools or methodology to get rid of pests. Therefore, you should contact your professional pest control services company in Singapore to help get rid of these pesky insects from your home.
Pest control specialists and professionals have the right training, certification and experience to provide effective treatments in a safe and mess-free manner. Services include:
- Conducting a thorough home inspection for pests
- Identifying root cause
- Performing misting
- Providing source reduction
- Applying gel baits
- Setting up cage traps and glueboards
- Performing insecticide residual spray
- And many more….
Having a quarterly termite inspection can significantly minimize the cost of repairs and damages caused by pests such as termites. Termite infestation can damage the wooden parts of your home and destroy its most essential structures. Hiring a pest control specialist to perform a complete assessment of any accessible areas that are potentially problematic can give you the peace of mind you need. The best part about it is that you will be provided with effective recommendations regarding the available treatment options once the inspection is complete and active termite activity is determined. This can save your home or property from massive damages to its core structures.
Ants, termites, rats, and termites can greatly devalue your home or property. Apart from the costly repairs commonly associated with insect infestation, pests can result in intense frustration if not taken care of. If you see any signs of insect infestation within your property, you should contact a professional pest control services company immediately to come and restore order.
Pesky mosquitoes, bed bugs, termites, ants, cockroaches, and rodents can be very frustrating. Some of them chew the wood supporting your property, thus weakening its structure. However, following the above pest control tips can help keep insects, rodents, flies and pests out of your home.
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Bedbug infestation has become the norm everywhere. All kinds of speculation are being spread about this particular pest, from the radio, newspapers, television, and the internet. The bedbug (Cimex lectularius), is an insect that feeds on human blood and other warm-blooded animals. Although they do not transmit any fatal diseases, their bites annoy people because they cause cutaneous manifestations (skin rashes), and anaphylaxis (an allergic reaction to an antigen, in this case, their bites). A bedbug infestation can cause adverse mental problems to the homeowners. For instance, they can cause anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, and emotional distress.
Bedbugs have the unquestionable ability to multiply fast. A female bug produces between 200-500 eggs in its lifetime. These insects have become a major public health challenge globally due to their rapid insurgence. Increased international travel and trade have directly been associated with their rise in their number. Several households have markedly applied distinct methods designed to eradicate the pests, most of which are conventional, but they have been unsuccessful due to the rise of the insecticide-resistant breed.
Therefore, this article will provide a detailed analysis of all you need to know about bedbugs and some of the approaches that can be employed in not only controlling but annihilating them.
The History of Bedbugs
Bedbugs have a long history that dates back to the ancient times when people used to live in caves. Human and bat blood was their primary food until man began building homes. As people moved from caves to homes, they also moved with them and made cracks of beds, walls, and floors their homes; hence named bedbugs, after their place of dwelling. These pests were and still are the most hated household insects. People in the ancient times believed that the gods used to send them as a form of punishment if they failed to follow instructions. Because having them in their beds was much uncomfortable, they devised methods of getting rid of them.
To solve the bedbug predicament, people used to throw out the infested items or sin worse situations burn them. But this only spread the problems since the insects fell off and crawled to hidings on transit. On the other hand, rich people had slaves and servants who could change beddings and clean homes daily. This reduced the number and suppressed infestation in their homes while the poor could suffer. Thus, the primary control mechanisms during this period were sanitation and exclusion. These pests have continued being a challenge since then.
There was a 19th-century case of England whereby in the late 1930s, more than half of the 8 million residents in the country reported having bedbugs in their homes. The insects were a nuisance that even extermination was arduous as well as risky to people as to pests. Not only was the task herculean to England, but also to America and other countries around the world. During the Second World War, most US barracks were infested, and this led to the availability of DDT, a chlorinated hydrocarbon, which was used as an effective spray for years.
DDT was banned in the 70s, culminating the introduction of organophosphates or carbonates that could kill bedbugs for more than 8 weeks long after they were applied. The chemicals were useful in the 90s but the beginning of the year 2000, everything changed. People often traveled across the globe carrying the bugs unknowingly from one location to the other. Back in the cities, like Pulau Ujong, those looking to save money, such as students and squatters, would use discarded furniture and mattresses not knowing that they were infested with bedbugs.
The Biology of Bedbugs
An adult bedbug is oval and dorsoventrally flat with short wing pads. They have a three-segment beak that they use to feed on mammals (human, birds, and bats). They have a pair of compound eyes, and their bodies are usually covered with short golden hairs. The vestiges, in the form of wing pads, are found on the thorax albeit the wings are non-functional so the insect can’t fly. The lower segment contains the digestion and the reproductive system.
The male penis is at the tip, so males have a more pointed end as compared to females. The male pierces the female’s cuticle with its needle sharp male organ and injects semen through the wound. When the female gets pregnant, it lays eggs in their hiding places. The eggs are normally a millimeter long, and for a female to produce more than 200 eggs in its lifetime, it needs to lay 3-5 eggs per day. Eggs hatch 1-1.5 millimeter nymphs in 6-17 days, which are usually ready to feed. Bedbugs take around 21 days to grow from a nymph to an adult. Bugs live in mattresses or sofas occupied by people or 15 foot from them. They can survive a year without feeding. They can take 6 times their weight while feeding and this can last 3 to 10 minutes.
A Guide to Prevention
Prevention requires absolute vigilance. It’s advisable to be always aware of your surroundings to avoid accidentally picking these insects. Always examine the seats while using public transport and check yourself and your bags once again after alighting to avoid carrying them. This applies to restaurants, clubs, theaters, and gym lockers. Use bedbug trappers on your bed and take off bed sheets that make contact with the floor. Create a safe zone in the house to place your belongings immediately after arriving at your home. This also applies to visitors, deliveries, and foreign pets, although we might want to be courteous to them, we also need to protect our homes, since they too can carry bugs.
A Guide to Treatments and Extermination
Since Singapore is not immune, the common species found in the isles are Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterous. Treatment comes into play once you are sure that bedbugs have infested your home. Treatment may involve hot water cleaning of bedding, linen, & curtains, vacuuming of beds, and getting rid of clutter around your bed. Extermination entails the use of effective chemicals to kills the pests.
Monday, 20 February 2017
It is really important to vanish insects from our home to improve the health and hygiene of our family members. There are many ways to eradicate insects and pests in your home. Pests are always looking for food, shelter, and water for the living. In most of the cases removing these items may get rid of the termites. We come up with the best tips that you can vanish pests from your life.
1. Fixing the leaky plumbing
Look in the house, is there any leakage? Is there any other source of water in your house? If it is then repaired it immediately. Remove the water anything that brings insects in your home. If you do that then insects will find another source of water in your home.
2. Always tightly seal your food
Pests will come in your home if you will not remove garbage from you home. Never leave food everywhere in your house it can be one of the biggest mistakes. Whenever you see foods always clean it at the same time. Always seal your food properly and remove garbage every day. If you do every day then pests will starve for the food and start finding out new places for the food.
3. Remove the water of pets
When you are asleep, pests work for their food and water. They do anything to feed themselves, so they eat whatever comes in their way. So it's really important that you remove food and water before sleep. There are some places where the food can so check out and remove it safely.
4. Close the hiding places and the entryways
There one more way to get the hell out of insects. Close every entryway in your house and seal hidden places where they can go. They will suffocate to death when you do that. It's all about oxygen that they will never get it after sealing it. There are many places in the house where they can hide. Find out each place and seal it. it will help you to stop every insect from hiding in your home.
5. Clean your house
Whenever possible clean your house efficiently. If it is possible then do it regularly. Do you have a garden near to house? Clean it too. Some garden is full of insects that can come in your house easily. Whenever you clean your garden take safety measures with yourself. If you will not take then insects can affect you. If you have chemicals then use it carefully because it can be harmful too. Remove all most all dust from the house and get rid of old carpets. They are many pesticides can be used to remove it so if you are using it then use it in the right quantity and at the right place. Do every possible thing to remove the insects in your home.
6. Keep away all the liquids
Whenever liquid in your house, remove it as early as possible. There are possibilities that you can find liquid in awkward places. There are excess of insects at some places. It can be in the corridor or it can be in the place that you cannot find anything. it can be at hot waters heaters and can stay there. Find out and clean it.
7. Remove Shelters
As I said before, insects are in your house for shelters. If you remove the shelter then you can remove every insect from the house. Insects used to live at small places in your house such as crack and crevices. Pests can habitat and breeding on that places. It would be great if you seal anything in your house. Make sure you find every place in your house and seal it. Take major actions to remove the shelters of insects. If you do it then they will die one by one.
8. Spray hairspray on the body of insects
Is it a way? Yes, it is a proven way. Many people in Singapore are doing it, whenever they see insects in their house. Hairspray is made from the various chemical that finishes every insect in your house.
9. Install window screens
If you have a problem with flying pests then install window screens in your windows. Flying insects usually come from your window. If it has any hole in it, then fix it as early as possible. The window screens are one of the widely used methods in the Singapore. You can use to prevent the insects in your house
10. Engage to Pest control companies
Is it not possible to do by yourself? Then there are many pest control companies in the Singapore. Call them and use their services. They will find every insect in your house and make your house safe. It can possible that you miss out something while cleaning the house but pest control companies have professional staff.
11. Close every hole
Maybe you close every hole on the floor but there are many others holes too. Maybe on sealing or somewhere else, take everything into account and seal it. Holes are the house of insects. So there if there are no holes then there are no insects in your house. If there is any gap or something like that then seal it that too. It is all about how well you can seal it. if you seal it well then pests will die in your account.
12. Mint Leaves
There is the mouse in your house. Have you ever seen the mouse in your house? If yes then mint leaves method are one of the best methods for it. Min leaves prevent to come mice in your house. A mouse hates mint and always stays far from them. put it in your house and mice will never come in your house again.
So these are the best tips to pests control in your life. You can use to stop pests or insects in your life.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
There is nothing better than spending your leisure time with your family, friends, or relatives lounging in the garden grounds, perhaps after successful celebrations. However, if there is one thing we all hate most while relaxing is that high-pitch sound of a mosquito. Apparently, the mosquito in question is flying towards you looking for a smooth part of your skin to bite. I am sure that a mosquito has bitten everyone, not once, not twice, but many times. If that is the case, that must have experienced the swelling, the redness, and the uncontrollable itching that comes with that nuisance bite of a mosquito. Indeed, it is just enough to ruin any picnic or barbecue!
Typically, mosquito bites are often uncomfortable and itchy, but they could lead to something even much worse. As explained by health scientists, mosquitoes are carriers of certain diseases, which are often deadly. In most cases, dangerous mosquito-transmitted diseases include malaria, chikungunya, and dengue fever. Common signs and symptoms of these diseases include body aches, fever, confusion, and dizziness. After a mosquito bite, some of these symptoms pops up in less than two days. Therefore, if got bitten by the above insect and you have flu-like symptoms, you are advised to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Since the effects of a mosquito-bite are devastating, preventing and protecting yourself against it is inevitable. Indeed, there are several important ways of achieving the above objective.
Many people turn to the insecticides-selling store to buy mosquito repellents to keep them away, but the problem with these repellents is that they often contain certain toxic chemicals that are dangerous to human health. The compound is commonly referred to as DEET.
Inherently, doctors and medical experts warn against heavy exposure to DEET. They explain that the chemical in question is linked to several health problems such as memory loss, fatigue, weakness, headache, joint and muscle pain, shortness of breath, tremors, and is particularly toxic to kids.
Needless to say, there are effective ways to control and keep away mosquitoes without excessive uses of pesticides that contain heavy chemicals and toxins. Indeed, if you know the scents that keep these insects away, then you can consider using natural mosquito remedies and ingredients. The question is, what scents do mosquitos hate?
Scents mostly hate by mosquitoes
If you are on the lookout for new natural ways to resist and keep away those annoying little bitters, then start by looking the scents that they hate most. Unfortunately, this seems a tough task since you have to do an extensive and tiresome research in the laboratory. Nevertheless, this article unveils a list of some of the natural scents that scare and keep away mosquitoes:
Usually known as Allium sativum, garlic smell is just enough to keep all mosquitoes hundred meters away from you. One of the best ways to use garlic is by cutting it into small pieces and then sprinkle around your outdoor living areas. Yard spray is required to soak the scattered pieces of garlic. Once soaked, it produces a powerful scent that keeps mosquitoes at bay.
#2. Lavender scent (scientifically referred to as Lavandula angustifolia)
Even though humans often enjoy the smell of lavender, it repels mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes dislike the aromatic scent lavender gives off. Therefore, if you want to keep them off your compound, then consider planted lavender in your gardens. Besides that, Lavender leaves can be crushed and mixed with other oils to be applied to the skin.
#3. Floss flower scent (Ageratum)
Another scent hate by mosquitoes is the smell from floss flower. Coumarin, which is mainly secreted by ageratum, is used extensively in the manufacture of commercial mosquito repellents. However, it can be utilized as raw as it is. Typically, mosquitoes find floss flowers smell offensive. Therefore, you just need to plant it in your garden, and that means; all mosquitoes around your compound will just fly away.
#4. Cadaga Tree (Eucalyptus torelliana) scent
Cadaga is another incredible tree that produces a smell that mosquitoes do not like and consequently, repels them. Inherently, in places where mosquitoes are not wanted, you just need to plant the above tree. The scent from the Eucalyptus torelliana acts as a barrier to repel mosquitoes.
#5. The scent from Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus)
When crushed, citronella grass releases incredible oil. This oil can be applied directly on the exposed part of the skin to act as a mosquito repellent. Besides that, it can be mixed with other liquids and oils before using on the skin. The catch here is that the above plant produces a distinctive smell that is hated by mosquitoes.
#6. Mint (Mentha) scent
Typically, mint is grown in many gardens purposely for its flavor. In other words, most people do not know anything further than the flavored tea of Mentha. However, one of the latest researches shows that mint is a powerful mosquito repellent. In fact, you can make yours even right now. Whether will or cultivated, all species of mint contain aromatic properties that are highly repulsive to mosquitoes.
#7. Tea Tree (Melaleuca) scent
From time immemorial, Tea Tree oil has been used as the major preventive measure against bugs on domestic animals. However, recently, it was discovered that its scent too strong to keep mosquitoes away. Therefore, you just need to apply a small amount of Tea Tree oil on the skin and for sure, you will not hear any mosquito coming close to you.
The list of scents that mosquitoes hate is just endless. However, those mentioned above are just but a few. The punch line is that all of them offer incredible experience as they scare away these small nuisance bitters with the help of simple mechanism: aromatic features.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
With all the fuss going on about Zika virus, it is clearly evident that this life threatening virus keeps on spreading everyday. This rapid spreading is happening through coming into contact in various ways with a person who has been bitten by the species of mosquito that carries that virus or being bitten directly by the Zika infected mosquitoes. And since there is no vaccine or specific proven to work treatment for this infection, you are going to want to keep yourself far from it and ensure the chances of you getting it are close to none.
And how can you do that? Whether you are always travelling or staying indoors, you run the risk of catching this infection and may get suffer the miserable fate that is dragged along with it. So to help you keep this life threatening virus called Zika very much at bay, here are some helpful ways you can work with.
• Go For Insect Repellents Approved by Health Authorities
If you live in areas where Zika has been confirmed present or are planning to travel to these areas, you are going to want to buy inscet repellents to help keep off all the destructive insects Zika included. But you should be extra careful when picking the repellents as not all of them are entirely effective. Health authorities in almost every country in the world recommend that people use the repellents with ingredients like lemon eucalyptus oil, IR 3535, paramenthane-diol, picaridin and most importantly, DEET (diethyltoluamide) which has been seen to work very effectively.
See that the repellents you choose to give you sure protection contain the listed ingredients with the least amount of concentration being at forty percentage (40%). Also, make sure that you have the products that have been approved by authorities with a stamp of your country's bureau of standard. This way, you are going to avoid homemade or half baked repellents that won't have any significant amount of power over the mosquitoes.
• Make Sure Almost All Your Body is Covered
The Aedes mosquito species, as with all other species of mosquitoes that carry zika, give off the virus to the human body though a bite on the skin that is exposed. This means that if you can manage to wear long clothes like long pants as opposed to shorts, long sleeved shirts in place of t-shirts and sleeveless and short sleeved shirts, socks and shoes instead of slippers and sandals, you are going to leave very little part of your skin exposed and this will reduce the chances of the Zika carrying mosquito getting its way through to your body.
Buying and wearing clothes that have been treated with an insecticide called Permethrin which is synthetic, is quite an effective way of protecting yourself too. You can buy clothes that have been already treated or you could buy clothes you like and then treat them with the insecticide yourself.
• Try to Stay Indoors During the Day
These Zika mosquitoes are most active during the day. And you are going to find them in shades and in stagnant water. So staying indoors will help keep your chances minimal of coming into contact with them. If you want to exercise, try to do it in your room or apartment. Sweating while outside will attract the mosquito very fast as it is attracted by two things, carbon dioxide or carbon (IV) oxide and heat which are both emitted during a workout.
But this doesn't mean that you should stay in your room for a whole day. If you have to get out there, see that you use the shortest time possible and then get back in. Try to reduce your activities outside where the Aedes is lurking. And as you spend your time within the four walls, keep the doors shut and windows closed completely. You don't want to give up your free time to get a breeze outside to avoid Zika but leave the doors open for it.
• Avoid Sexual Intercourse With Infected People
It was just recently discovered that Zika is now possible to be passed on to other people through sex. If you have a partner that has been diagnosed with this virus, you may want to visit the doctor first before you think of getting intimate with them. If your partner just got from a trip from the areas that have been found to have the mosquitoes with virus inhabiting, before you get romantically rough with them, you should see a doctor for a check up and advise on how to go about it safely.
• Minimize Your Trips
If you've got a thing for traveling, you may want to reduce the number of travels you make especially to the infected regions. There are about 30 of them currently but keep in mind that the list continues to grow. If you are travelling just for sheer fun and delight, consider changing your destination or suspending it until things are under control. Many people who have caught this virus are those that travel regularly as they expose themselves to potential bites by Aedes species, the carrier of Zika virus.
But if you have to travel, for business or other important purposes, ensure you take the necessary precautions to protect you.
• Stay in Air Conditioned Rooms
It is strongly recommended that you stay in well air conditioned rooms so that you keep the air always in motion and not constant in a way that mosquitoes will be able to comfortably adapt to and go on infecting people who are inside. The idea here is to confuse them and give them a hard time getting to survive in the rooms.
• Keep Your Home Well Drained and Maintained
If you are going to avoid them and their spreading infection, you should reduce the chances of their survival and breeding spots. And clearing stagnant water will help reduce the grounds where the lay eggs and get to nurture their little ones. See to it that your home is well drained. Also cover everything that holds water in your house like vases and water cans well enough as mosquitoes can breed easily even in water on a table spoon. Remember to chlorinate the water in your swimming pool much often as this drives them away wildly too.
If you are sure to put many of these tips into immediate practice, you are going to reduce the occasions of bites from mosquitoes which will infect you with Zika, the newly dreaded disease that can't be prevented or cured. You should put them to work as early as now to start keeping them away because you don't know when they will visiting.