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Humane ways to keep insects out of your home

Spring and summer brings about a wonderful burst of life into our gardens and local areas. Along with this burst of life however comes all manners of creepy crawlies we don’t want in our homes. Today I will be talking about the humane ways of keeping insects out of your home and in the brilliance of nature. 

There are multiple kinds of insects to keep out of your home. This blog will cover the main 3 types, Spiders, Ants and Wasps & Bees.

 

Spiders

Spiders are some of nature’s wonder builders. With spiderwebs being up to 5 times stronger than steel they are truly a marvel. Keeping them out of your home can be very simple so that they may continue spinning in a more appropriate place! 

  1. Installing screens across windows will prevent many types of bugs from coming into your home. Simple screens can be bought alongside most modern windows however picking up some cheap netting from your local hardware store will also cover it and will not prevent any air or freshness coming in from open windows. 
  2. Creating a bug repellant spray using 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil to 400ml of water is a great way to reduce spiders in your home. Spray a small amount into the corners of rooms and other places where spiders appear to see then never return. 
  3. Clearing debris, wood and other buildups from the outside walls of your house will also stop the attraction of spiders as well as many other bugs. Storing firewood and other items like this at the end of your garden or simply away from the area immediately close to your house will reduce bugs coming close to your home.

 

Ants

Ants have been around for millions of years and can build intricate homes with tunnels running extremely far. There are many simple and organic solutions to keeping them from entering your home.

  1. Cleaning. General cleaning and keeping food waste away is the easiest way to stop ants coming into your home. From crumbs to a leaky bin there are many things that can attract ants. Sweeping or hoovering often and wiping surfaces with antibacterial sprays or wipes will do wonders at keeping them away.
  2. Keeping food away from the ground is also a good way to keep them away. From dry goods kept in cupboards to animal feeding bowls being removed from the ground and cleaned after each use. 
  3. There are also many natural repellants you can make using things around your home too. Adding lemon juice to small gaps that ants are entering in will also repel them. 
  4. If you have a trail of ants coming into your home, follow it back to the entry point and block it. This will stop them entering that way as well as removing whatever they are leaving too. 
  5. After you have cleaned this you should wash the trail that the ants have followed using a mixture of vinegar and water. To make this smell better you can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, this will also repel other insects.

 

Bees and Wasps

Similar to most other animals, bees and wasps will only attack if they feel threatened. Most of the time if you simply leave it be it will fly away after a short period of time. This method however does not work for inside your home. 

  1. Lavender and Basil are natural repellents for bees and wasps. These also make great additions to any garden as lavender makes for very pretty flowers. It have also been proven to have relaxation effects and can aid in sleep. Basil can be used in most pasta dishes.
  2. Wasps and bees are also quite territorial creatures. This means that something as simple as hanging an inflated brown paper bag outside your house can deter many from coming near as they will treat it like it is not their territory. 
  3. Removing flying creatures from your home can also be fairly simple. Having windows and doors open briefly in the early hours of the morning with all interior lights turned off can work as an effective solution as they will be attracted to the natural light of the outdoors.
  4. Another simple way to remove a trapped bee from your home is to place a fresh flower on the outside of an open window. The bee will be attracted to it and fly out following the scent leaving you free to close the window without touching or trying to trap it!

 

These very handy tips came from the Peta.org website. 

In my next blog, I will be covering larger critters such as mice, bats and even larger animals such as racoons. Be sure to follow us to not miss those tips!

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COVID-19 5th January Update

 

Just to let you know we are open for business as usual and you can continue to have your cleaner clean your house.

The government has made it clear that cleaners are still permitted to work inside peoples' homes as long as Government Guidelines on social distancing and staying safe are followed (see below). In summary:

You can be outside of your home for work purposes where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home, including if your job involves working in other people's homes.

The full text can be found here New National Restrictions from 5 January (in England; there are similar texts available for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Specifically relating to cleaners, the guidance continues: 'This guidance applies to those working in, visiting or delivering to home environments. These include, but are not limited to, people working in the following areas:

  • 'This can include work in other people's homes where necessary - for example, for nannies, cleaners, social care workers providing support to children and families, or tradespeople (this is not an exhaustive list)'

Note this guidance is for people who are fit and well, and is dependent on the following social distancing guidelines being followed:

  • No work should be carried out in a household where people are isolating or where an individual is being shielded.
  • The cleaners can continue work, providing that they are well and have no symptoms. No work should be carried out by a cleaner who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild, or when someone in their own household has symptoms.
  • No work should be carried out in a household where any occupants are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, or households with a possible or confirmed case of coronavirus.
  • Whilst in the house. a cleaner should maintain a safe distance of at least two metres from any household occupant at all times, and ensure good ventilation in the area where they are working, including opening the window.
  • Upon entering the home, cleaners should wash their hands using soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Cleaners should wash their hands regularly, particularly after blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing, and when leaving the property.

The good news with regard to cleaning is that the cleaners can social distance from their clients very easily, and we would advise that, if you are at home when they are there, that you remain in a separate room to your cleaner.

If you are happy to adhere to the government guidelines - and if your cleaner has not been in touch already - then please just call the office and we will ensure that your cleaning continues.

Best regards

The Cleanhome Team