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Fighting Tropical Pests as a Cleaning Service

January 19, 2021

Whether you live right on the beach or in a crowded city, pests are a common problem for homeowners and Airbnb hosts alike. Especially in places like Hawaii, with tropical weather all year long, it is important to keep these critters out before they make a living in your home. From flying pests to creepy […]

Whether you live right on the beach or in a crowded city, pests are a common problem for homeowners and Airbnb hosts alike. Especially in places like Hawaii, with tropical weather all year long, it is important to keep these critters out before they make a living in your home. From flying pests to creepy crawlers, use these tips so your cleaning service can keep homes pest-free.

Sprays for Cleaning Services

Most general stores sell a variety of bug sprays. There is a wide variety of products to choose from. In fact, there may be so many that choosing just one might be difficult. If the pests are already in your home, consider purchasing a general household insect spray. The Raid Multi Insect Killer spray is effective against over 10 common household pests, including ants, roaches, and spiders. This product is easy to use and effective. Simply shake the can and spray the product away from your face at around 18 inches away from the target.

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If you are looking for a way to prevent pests from entering your home, consider purchasing a perimeter pest control spray for your cleaning service. These products are specially designed to be sprayed along the exterior of your house. The Raid Max Bug Barrier is especially effective against German cockroaches. Nobody likes cockroaches, so we know your customers will be happy to know that you’ve taken preventative action against them. As a cleaning service, it is important to go above-and-beyond to remain competitive in this industry.

Traps

Another possible solution to bug problems are traps. When used properly, most pesticides are pet friendly. However, some might prefer to stay away from potentially harming their furry friends. The downside to traps is that they are more specifically designed towards certain pests. Purchase glue traps for rodents, bait traps for ants, or hanging traps for flying insects. Placed strategically, this method of pest control can be very efficient and pet friendly. From personal experience, the Victor Fly Magnet Reusable Trap with Bait works tremendously well. Simply add water to the provided bait and set the trap outdoors. This particular flytrap does not emit any odors, and is safe for use around both pets and children.

Fly on leaf. Photo by Aron Jager on Unsplash.

Homemade Methods

If all else fails or simply because of preference, you may also choose to create a home remedy. Simple, around the house items might surprise you in their usefulness against pests. Essential oils are especially useful. To use, mix 15 drops of peppermint essential oil with one cup of water in a spray bottle then spray around your house. The strong mint smell drives away many common household pests.

If you are struggling with fruit flies, combine apple cider vinegar with a few drops of dish soap. Place this mixture into a jar and cover with plastic wrap, poke some holes in the plastic wrap for the flies to enter through. The fruit flies are attracted to the smell of the apple cider vinegar, but the dish soap disturbs the surface tension, causing the flies to sink to the bottom.

Concluding Thoughts

Now that you have some new ideas for preventing tropical pests, you can be confident when it’s time to face these creepy crawlers. Use one of Taskuro’s Cleaning Company Checklists to help you remember to take these extra steps. With the help of sprays, traps, and other homemade methods, your cleaning service will never struggle with unwanted pests again. Thanks for reading, until next time, keep on cleaning!

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