Keeping Your Home Bug Free: Uninvited guests can be worst, especially if they have multiple legs. Whether it’s an ant, a cockroach, or a fly, beetles are the last thing you want to deal with when you relax in your room. And with so much conflicting advice on how to get rid of it, it can be difficult to know where to start.
We spoke to experts from the Good Housekeeping Institute about tested methods of handling insects in different parts of the house and how Zevo, whose products are formulated to help kill insects efficiently and without harsh chemicals, can help.
In the kitchen
When buying or exhibiting fresh fruit and vegetables, the last thing you want is one side of the fruit flies. But sometimes, says Carolyn Forte, director of the Household Appliances and Cleaning Products Laboratory at the Good Housekeeping Institute, this is inevitable. Forte says making a simple trap with vinegar and a paper funnel can catch a lot of flies – “The fruit flies go in, but they can’t go out!”
Forte also says it’s important to make sure that mistakes in your kitchen are not invited by unattended goodies. “Make sure you don’t unpack any cookies, crackers, or crumbs and let them out,” she says. “These are insect magnets.”
For an even more targeted banning of bugs, sprays that let you hit bugs directly are a great option around the house. This is especially true for the kitchen, where they may appear regardless of your efforts to keep food away from the countertops and clean floors. The Good Housekeeping Institute tested Zevo’s Instant Action Sprays, a line developed by entomologists, and found that when sprayed on common pests such as the German cockroach and the fruit fly, the insects were knocked down fast. The active ingredients in the product are powered by plant-based essential oils that target nervous system receptors that are important for insects, not humans or pets.
In the bathroom
Where there is water, insects thrive. Therefore, it is important that you take care of leaks in places like the bathroom where you may not always think of finding insects. If you to do Forte has a tip to get the best out of a deep cleansing.
She says the first step is to take everything out of the sink and make sure it’s clean and the items are sealed. Then line the bottom of the cabinet with vinyl tiles. “Just plain vinyl tiles,” she says. “Place it so that it can be easily wiped and cleaned in the bottom of the cabinet.” An already easy-to-clean room makes the use of products like Zevos sprays even more effective. They are also a good choice if you are looking for an insect spray with ingredients you know, like lemongrass oils.
In the bedroom
When it comes to keeping insects out of the bedrooms, the best defense is a good insult. “Make sure the screens are in good condition,” says Forte. It only takes a small crack for insects to enter, especially in the warm summer months when the windows may be open more than usual.
If you see more errors than you want, using a trap may also be a good idea. Zevo Flying Insect Traps work without chemical insecticides. Instead, they use multi-spectrum light technology and simulated body heat to attract and catch flying pests. The traps are actually more effective in the dark, Birnur Aral confirms, You are director of the Laboratory for Health, Beauty, and Environmental Sciences at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Therefore, they are a great option to fix bugs while you sleep carefree.
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