Posted On : January 25, 2019
While pests in UAE are a year-round nuisance, but some of them become most active in warmer months of the year. Household pests like bed bugs, cockroaches, ants and termites love summers and they are already out to scare you in this summer. From bedrooms to toilets and to kitchens, they can be found anywhere during summers. Pests thus become a homeowner’s worst nightmare if the situation is not handled properly. This blog discusses about the various summer pests and proven methods to prevent their infestation.
Bed bugs in United Arab Emirates has become one of the significant pest issue. Although optimum temperature of bed bugs is 18°C to 20°C but they multiply rapidly when the temperature sours up in the month of June and July. Since in these months people don’t go out so often and rest at their places, bed bugs can find blood meal easily which is why they multiply rapidly. The signs of bed bug infestation are blood stains on fabrics, bites and bug excrement.
One of the natural ways to prevent bed bugs from multiplying is cleaning deeply and frequently washing the bedding and clothes with hot water and keep them in plastic bags. Essential oils, such as that of lavender, peppermint, and lavender or tea tree have been effective to address the menace of bed bugs. Spraying these oils frequently will keep bed bugs at bay. Vacuuming frequently can also help in prevention of the bed bugs.
When it comes to level of annoyance, nothing can beat mosquitoes. They are highly proactive during summers and are out in full force in search of food, and what is there food? Blood. They are present everywhere in summer. However with some prevention methods in place, you can simply prevent them from harming you or enter your premises.
One can simply stop mosquitos from harming by applying mosquito repellents. However, some traps like beer traps, dry ice traps, and coffee bean grounds have also been effective. Spray of essential oils as discussed above can also help in preventing them from entering your premises. Mosquito repellent plants are also very effective in keeping mosquitos away from your home. Marigolds, Citronella, Catnip, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, Lemon balm are few to name.
These are most common species that are found almost on all places of the world. Like mosquitoes, they are also proactive in summers to scare you out. Kitchen is their favourite dwelling place where they feed on food items. One of the best ways to keep these out from your house is to keep your house clean. Bay leaves can be used as a fragrant during cooking. Another way is to apply the mixture of baking soda and sugar to the areas where cockroaches move frequently. Solution of garlic, onion and peeper can also be applied to prevent them from entering your home sweet home.
Although termites are essential component of ecosystem, but they can prove destructive when they enter your premises. Termites are well known pest species that are responsible for damaging the property. If left unchecked they can multiply in colonies who will eventually eat out wooden furniture, foundations, shelves, leather and even books.
Termites can be controlled through various natural methods such as cardboard trap, exposing the affected area to sunlight, eliminating moisture, using borates etc.
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