Heavy rain and high humidity on Australia’s east coast has already caused plenty of chaos for homeowners including devastating floods and nasty mold.
That huge increase in moisture has also created a hugely annoying problems with a spike in the number of bugs in and around our homes.
There are some easy ways to deter bugs, but the first thing you need to do is to check around the house to make sure those pesky critters aren’t sneaking in anywhere.
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“It’s the peak time at the moment, this is when they’ll be coming into your house and it’s a great opportunity to identify a problem and get on top of it,” Matt Jones, service innovation and development manager at Rentokil told the Today show.
Matt recommends checking the seal of your front door is actually sealing the space between the door and the ground, otherwise you’re leaving a path for bugs to crawl through.
Open windows might give a nice breeze, but if they don’t have a fly screen you’ll end up with lots of bugs inside. Installing a fly screen is the ideal solution, which is becoming easier with magnetic and velcro options now on the market.
Indoor plants can also attract insects so Matt warns against overwatering plants, and recommends letting them completely dry out between watering.
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Matt also suggested getting a torch and having a good look around the kitchen for spots where bugs might be hiding.
“It’s very important you’re removing any food sources. Cockroaches love the heat and the coffee grounds from the coffee machine,” Matt said.
Also make sure you’re regularly removing bread crumbs from your toaster and storing food in air tight containers.
If you find you are getting lots of bugs, there are plenty of hacks to try before calling in pest control.
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Anita Birges, a professional organizer at Mise en Place, has a quirky hack for deterring flies.
She suggests popping six coins into a snap lock bag half-filled with water, sealing the bag and then hanging it to the window frame using a piece of string.
The prism effect combined with water is supposed to scare off flies, which see differently to humans.
As for fruit flies, Anita claims her hack is a “complete game changer”.
“What you’re going to do is get yourself a bowl, and fill it up with apple cider vinegar and add in a couple of drops of lavendar oil,” she explained.
“And this is the secret, I want you to grab some Paddle Pop sticks and let them soak for about an hour, then you’re going to grab those Paddle Pop sticks and put them in the fruit bowl.”
The final hack is for deterring slugs and snails from destroying the garden and getting into the house.
“All you need is ground coffee,” Anita said.
Simply place spoonfulls of ground coffee along the footpath and you’ll stop them from making their way into the home.
If those prevention tips and hacks fail, then it’s time to call in the professionals.
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