Pest Control during COVID19- Do’s and Don’ts
The world is facing a health and economic crisis that has put many businesses and organizations under immense pressure. Important areas of healthcare are at the frontline of the battle against COVID-19.
Pests in most urban areas are vectors of diseases, they contaminate and consume food supplies and cause physical damage to buildings.
Pests like flies, cockroaches, fleas and ticks are a health and economic threat; most buildings provide ideal environments for many of these opportunistic pests.
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through pests; however, numerous other deadly diseases are transmitted by pests.
To prevent an infestation from taking hold while things are still impacted by COVID-19, people should make proactive pest control a priority. Below are some tips for you to pest control during COVID19.
Let’s look at ways in which you can do this
Perform regular inspections inside and out
Inspection could really help you in the long run. Knowing where to look can help you control an issue before it gets out of hand.
Look for signs of rodent infestation such as live or dead rodents, nests as well as rub marks. Kitchens and bathrooms should get most of the attention while looking for cockroaches, signs like droppings or eggs should tell you that there is an infestation.
Carefully inspect the storage areas where materials may be packed closed together providing excellent cover for pests.
Reduce pest entry ways
The most effective way to prevent an infestation is to prevent pests from gaining access to a structure. Rats can fit through small holes so make sure to fix cracks and gaps on the outside of your structure.
Experts also advice to screen all vents, doors and windows and install door sweeps to prevent pests from entering through the gap between the door and the floor.
Remove any food sources
Pests like rodents and cockroaches are attracted to food processing and service areas where food is in plenty. It is crucial to get rid of food that is expired or left uncovered.
You should store any consumable food items in sealed containers and keep trash receptacles sealed. Regularly remove garbage from inside the facility and clean the areas prone to rodents.
Consult a licensed professional pest control company
Working with a licensed pest control company can help make your life easier. They are the experts and will be able to help implement an integrated pest management plan.
They will inspect, identify and treat the infestation and ensure the facilities are left clean and compliant with the health guidelines.
Don’t transfer pesticides to other containers
Pesticides should be stored in their original containers. Only mix as much as you are going to use at one time.
Do not use empty pesticides containers to store anything else. Children may be poisoned accidentally consuming pesticides stored in food cans
Don’t use outdoor chemicals indoors
Many chemicals intended for use outdoors are dangerous to use indoors because they will remain toxic longer while on the inside than they would on the outside.
Don’t use your own prescriptions
Always read and follow the label directions. Using too much pesticide can endanger your health and that of your family.