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Don’t let Rains Turn Your House into a Breeding Ground for Pesky Pests

It is a delight to finally have the rains here, the smell of fresh earth and to watch the children play in puddles is highly de-stressing. Despite the much needed rainfall, there are a host of other issues that come to the fore when it rains incessantly. Right from damp spots, seepage, growth of mould and pest infestation, the list becomes overwhelming and all of these problems demand instant attention and care.

Pests can be truly irritating, infesting food and grains, climbing on every available surface, and they are not just unsightly but most of them also pose a health hazard.-It is not uncommon to see trails of ants,both big and small around food containers, stored grains and if you follow their path you can track them down to cracks and crevices in tiles, walls and floors.

When your home becomes infested with pests during the rainy season or even before the problem begins, it is best to address it and have it resolved in the initial stages itself. Ants in particular can be quite tenacious in making their presence felt, and you will have to take steps to eliminate the entire nest. House flies and mosquitoes also breed more in the rainy season and spread several diseases such as gastroenteritis, malaria, and dengue and so on.

Precautionary measures are always advisable in comparison with trying to fix problems after they have occurred. It helps to have good ventilation, and ensures that excellent waterproofing is done in the house everywhere,make sure all cracks and crevices in every nook and corner of the house is filled and sealed with a quality adhesive, and in general maintain cleanliness and hygiene to minimise the prevalence of pests.

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Similarly, good practices such as keeping all food covered, making sure garbage bins are also covered tightly and not allow water to collect anywhere – so as to avoid seepage and mosquito larvae from growing will go a long way in eliminating the problem.Household remedies such as baking powder, dried neem leaves, neem oil, and essential oils like lemon, tea-tree, citronella and peppermint are very effective in repelling pests. They may have to be replenished and reapplied periodically to make it more effective.

However, it is important to seal cracks in tiles on walls and floors, and to have all susceptible surfaces adequately waterproofed to eliminate conditions that support the growth of pests. For instance, use tile and stone adhesives from the Roff range. Also use joint fillers or tile grouts from Roff  that can be used for ceramic and vitrified tiles in internal and external walls and floors. It is a blend of white cement, special polymers and pigments, and has good UV and water resistance properties. It implies that these are also available in a range of attractive shades to match the décor and have the flexibility to accommodate physical and thermal movements. Similarly, ensure effective waterproofing with the range of Dr. Fixit products which are designed to last and match every home owner’s requirements.

This monsoon invest in your home and health and keep pests away with these simple yet effective solutions.

About Nalini Malaviya

Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on art (visual arts, performance, photography, etc) and also on health and lifestyle. She contributes to Times of India, Deccan Herald and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of various anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, guides, and articles on buying and collecting art and on displaying art in interiors. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Nalini curates art exhibitions and conducts classes on art appreciation and writing. She also teaches arts management and marketing for artists through workshops. Currently, she contributes to the experts section on corporate blogs on interiors and lifestyle.

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