As COVID-19 continues to spread across Queensland, businesses, schools, and organizations are reeling from its effects. The restrictions set by the government to slow the spread of the coronavirus are affecting every aspect of many people’s lives.
The impact of the pandemic is not limited to just humans. As people change their routines and habits to adhere to the restriction measures, common pests are finding new ways to get into their homes. People are now spending more time at home, leaving many offices and commercial buildings vacant. All these are the reason for the increased cases of pest infestations, which are calling for new health concerns.
Why People Should Worry About Pest Infestation During COVID-19 Pandemic
There is no evidence that pests can transmit the coronavirus, but some pests can transmit other deadly diseases to humans. For example, rodents can spread diseases such as hantavirus and salmonella. Apart from rodents, other pests that can cause illness include bed bugs, fleas, ticks, lice, and mosquitoes.
The diseases transmitted by pests can affect the immune system and make people more likely to develop severe COVID complications. People need to do whatever they can to boost their immune systems and lower the risk of diseases. Among the many things that one can do to reduce the risk of illness is preventing pest infestation.
How To Preventing Pest Infestations
Homeowners and facility managers now need to make proactive pest control a priority. Here are some of the things that people can do to prevent pest infestation in homes:
Perform regular inspection
Knowing what to look for and where can help stop a pest issue before it gets out of control. The most common pests in many homes in Brisbane are rodents. Some of the signs of a rodent infestation in homes include :
Nesting materials (fabric, shredded paper, or dried plant matter)
Signs of chewing in some food packages
Droppings around drawers, cupboards, under the sink, and around food packages
Scratching noise (especially at night)
Rub marks, footprints, and urine pillars
Apart from rodents, they should also check for cockroach infestation. Many people think cockroaches are harmless, but they can transmit cholera, E. Coli infections, Typhoid fever, Listeriosis, Leprosy, Dysentery, and many other diseases. Cockroaches like to live in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, basement, and in drains. Some of the common signs of a cockroach infestation include:
An unusual odor (a musty smell)
Droppings and eggs
Damages in food packagings, leather, and books
Shed skins in areas they are likely to hide
People should also check the outside of the house. Clear the vegetation around the building that may be attracting insects and rodents. Checking shipments for pests before taking them inside can also help prevent pest infestation.
Cockroaches and rodents are attracted to places where food is in abundance. Covering leftovers, storing food items in a sealable container, and discarding expired food help keep the space clean and deny pests a chance of getting food. Regularly cleaning high traffic areas, emptying garbage, and keeping the trash receptacle closed help prevent pest infestation in homes and other facilities. Cleaning messes in the kitchen and dining table can also help keep the house clean and stop rodent and cockroach infestation.
Reduce pest entryways
Making it impossible for pests to gain access to a structure is the best way to prevent infestation. Sealing cracks, gaps, and holes on the wall with sealants can prevent pests from getting into a house. Install door sweeps to prevent rodents from getting in through the gap between the door and the floor.
Partner with a licensed pest control company
Pest control companies have professionals who know how to deal with different pests. They know what to look for, where, and what to do to get rid of pests.
LessPest is helping families in Brisbane stay safe from pests and the common problems they cause. They use a holistic and customized approach to inspect, identify, treat pest issues. For more information about pest services and to book an appointment, visit www.lesspestcontrol.com.au or call 0497 006 400.
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