The global pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has resulted in a global pause in the world’s economy. Over 50% of the world’s population is still under some form of stay-at-home or lockdown order. The businessinsider.com notes that, as of 16 May 2020, only 40% of US residents are still under lockdown orders. Earlier this year, this number was as high as 90%, but it has steadily come down as people start to go back to work again.
As an aside, it is important to note that most European countries, as well as the USA and Canada, seem to be past the worst of the pandemic, and countries are starting to reopen slowly and carefully so that a second wave of the virus is not triggered.
Emma Marris notes in her article titled, “Rats come out of hiding as lockdowns eliminate urban trash,” that, because people across the globe have changed their daily behavior to control COVID-19’s spread, rats have been driven out of hiding because they are hungry. They are running around the deserted streets, and they are invading homes in a desperate search for food.
Ways to control pests during the global pandemic
Therefore, the salient question that begs is how manage and control pests during the COVID 19 pandemic?
By way of answering this question, let’s consider the following points:
Consult with the experts
Rats, mice, and other pests carry diseases like the Bubonic Plague, Rabies, Salmonellosis, and Hantavirus. Therefore, it’s inadvisable to leave a pest infestation in your home environment.
How do you remove a pest infestation?
The salient answer to this question is to consult a professional pest control company like Rove pest control. Their experts will not only remove any current pest infestations, but they will also advise you on how to prevent these pests from moving in again.
Maintain your home’s external structure
One of the ways to keep pests out is to make sure that your home maintenance regime is kept up to date. This schedule should include the following:
- Make sure that there are no holes in the external insect screens covering external doors and windows.
- Check for holes or cracks in your home’s external structure.
- Ensure that your house’s roof tiles, or roofing are in pristine condition with no spaces between the roof and the external walls or that the roof has no holes where the pests and rain can get in between the roof and the ceiling boards.
Keep your home
Rats and mice congregate where food is left lying around inside the home. Therefore, it’s critical to keep the kitchen clean. Wash all dishes as soon as they have been used, clean countertops, and store all foodstuffs like flour, potatoes, and sugar in storage containers with lids so that pests cannot get into the food.
Finally, make sure that there is no rubbish left lying around your yard and home. Additionally, rubbish bins must be emptied, cleaned regularly, and put your refuse out for collection on the correct day.