Expert Advice on Keeping Your Home Bug Free
Uninvited guests can be the worst, especially if they have multiple legs. Whether we’re talking about an ant, a roach or a fly, insects are the last thing you have to deal with when you relax in your space. And with so much conflicting advice on how to get rid of it, it can be difficult to know where to start.
We have discussed with experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute how tested insects are managed in different parts of the house and how Zevo, whose products are expertly formulated to kill insects effectively and without harsh chemicals, can help you.
In the kitchen
When you shop or display fresh fruit and vegetables, the last thing you want is a side of fruit flies. But sometimes, says Carolyn Forte, director of the home appliances and cleaning supplies lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, it’s inevitable. Forte says that making a simple trap with vinegar and a paper funnel can catch a ton of flies – “Fruit flies come in but they can’t get out!”
Forte also says it is important to make sure that no bugs in your kitchen are invited by unattended treats. “Make sure you don’t leave cookies, crackers or crumbs unpacked,” she says. “These are insect magnets.”
For an even more targeted bug ban, sprays that let you directly hit bugs are a great option throughout the house. This is especially true of the kitchen, where they can appear regardless of your best efforts to keep food off countertops and swept floors. The Good Housekeeping Institute tested Instant Action Sprays from Zevo, a line developed by entomologists, and found that when sprayed on common pests like the cockroach and fruit fly, the insects were spilled quickly. The active ingredients in the product are powered by plant-based essential oils that target receptors in the nervous system that are essential to insects, not people or pets.
In the bathroom
Where there is water, insects will thrive, so it’s essential to make sure you take care of leaks in places like the bathroom, where you might not always think of finding insects. If you to do spying on an insect under the sink, Forte has a trick to get the most out of a thorough cleaning.
She says the first step is to remove everything from the sink cabinet and make sure it’s clean and that the items are sealed. Then line the bottom of the cabinet with vinyl tiles. “Just ordinary vinyl tiles,” she says. “Lay it down so that it is easy to wipe and clean at the base of this cabinet.” An already easy-to-clean space will make it even more efficient to use products like Zevo vaporizers. They’re also a great choice if you’re looking for an insect spray with ingredients you recognize, like lemongrass oils.
In the bedroom
When it comes to keeping bugs out of rooms, the best defense is a good attack. “Make sure the screens are in good condition,” says Forte. A small tear is enough for insects to enter, especially during the hot summer months, when the windows can be opened more than usual.
If you see more bugs than you would like, it may also be a good idea to try using a trap. Zevo flying insect traps work without chemical insecticides – rather, they use multispectral lighting technology and simulated body heat to attract and capture flying parasites. Traps are actually more effective in the dark, confirms Birnur Aral, Director of the Health, Beauty and Environmental Sciences Laboratory at the Good Housekeeping Institute, so they are a good option for getting rid of bugs while you doze, worry-free.
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