Bugs and insects are a common pest in the Philippines. Follow our helpful tips for getting rid of unwanted guests such as flies, fleas and mosquitoes in your home.
Controlling Flies, Fleas, and Mosquitoes at Home
Getting rid of bugs and insects need not be a buzz kill. Read on for some handy tips on fly and mosquito control, and getting rid of pests such as fleas:
- The first rule for fly control is good sanitation. Cover any uneaten food, wash dishes immediately after use, make sure your bin has a well-fitting lid and is cleaned regularly. To clean your bin, use an all-purpose bleach like Domex. By removing flies’ food sources and potential breeding grounds, they are more likely to take up residence elsewhere.
- A basic swatter (or even a rolled up newspaper) is useful for getting rid of flies, but you’ll need to be coordinated. House flies tend to rest indoors in the sunshine during the day, so are easier to swat – most flies take off backwards, so bear this in mind when you’re taking aim. The less coordinated can invest in electric swatters, sticky fly strips or chemical fly sprays to get rid of flies and other airborne bugs – make sure to always read the label before use, and always use chemicals and sprays as instructed and in a well-ventilated area.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
- Getting rid of flea infestations can be a frustrating and costly experience, not to mention itchy! You’ll need to treat both the source of the fleas (usually a domestic animal), and any lived-in areas of your home. Treat your pet with a vet-approved flea shampoo or treatment. Safety first: always follow the instructions on the label to ensure that you are using the product correctly.
- Once you’ve treated your pet, you’ll need to get rid of fleas throughout the rest of your home (only 10% of a flea infestation is likely to be living on your furry friend – the rest will be in carpets, cushions, bedsheets and furniture). Thoroughly wash all toys, bedding and soft furnishings that could have come into contact with the flea infestation. Anything that can’t be washed will need to be thrown away. Use a vacuum cleaner across all surfaces, including the sofa – don’t forget to empty the vacuum far away of the house so as not to reintroduce the fleas or their eggs.