Pests such as rodents and insects can spread illness-causing germs all around your home. Find out how to stop pests getting into your home and how Dettol can help you destroy the germs they spread.
As well as damaging your home, food and property, pests such as flies, cockroaches, rats and mice, can spread a variety of infections. Some pests, like mosquitoes and ticks, transmit germs by biting us. Others deposit germs from their bodies or body fluids, on the surfaces and equipment in our homes, on our skin, or in our food.
Pests are attracted to places where they can find food, warmth, places to breed or bedding materials. By denying them access to these things, you can reduce the risk of an infestation.
Likely entry points for rodents include uncovered drains, broken air-gratings, openings around pipes and ill-fitting doors. To stop rodents getting into your home, you need to block openings with strong materials such as concrete, sheet metal or mesh. Stop flies and insects getting into your home by covering windows and ventilators with fine gauze (fly screens). In countries where malaria and other infections carried by mosquitoes are a problem, insecticide-treated bed nets may also be necessary.
If you notice a pest in your home or see other signs of an infestation, e.g. droppings, gnawed material, nests or rodent grease marks along walls, you should deal with the problem quickly to stop the pests multiplying and spreading germs. You can use a variety of pesticide products to control pests. These include aerosols, mats, coils and liquid electrical devices to kill or repel mosquitoes and flies. Various traps and baits are also available to control rodents and cockroaches. However, you must take care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using these items to ensure safety and effectiveness.