Pets are uninvited guests in many households. These tiny, slippery creatures move at lightning speed and are very difficult to get rid of once they invade a household. We’ll give you advice on where they most often hide from your view and, once they’ve invaded your home, how to get rid of them fastest.
They love damp environments
These tiny silver insects love damp environments and will enter your home through cracks and holes. A warm and humid environment is a comfortable home for it, so try to reduce the humidity in your house as much as possible. This will not only prevent pondweed from visiting your home, but it will also prevent mould.
They’re resourceful in hiding
You’ll often find pondweed on your bathroom floor, most often in the crevices between tiles. But you may also come across them in the bathtub. Fortunately, they don’t move well on slippery surfaces, so when they try to climb in or out of the tub, they often slide back down.
They also like to hide under laminate and parquet floors or in cracks in walls.
The damage they can do in the home
Although they don’t transmit diseases, ladybugs can aggravate allergies. Their presence can manifest itself, for example, in watery eyes or a runny nose. They can also cause damage to your pantry, for example:
- products containing carbohydrates and starches,
- flour, sugar and other stored foods,
- arrange bits of paper,
- they can also get into glue.
Keep them out of the house
It’s easier to stop them from entering the house at all than to get rid of them afterwards. Make sure you avoid moisture as much as possible by ventilating. For example, let your clothes air out well on a balcony before storing them. If you are struggling with damp in the house for a long time, use a humidity controller. After mopping the floor, don’t leave it wet for too long and instead mop it dry, especially at the edges and corners.
How to get rid of them easily
Potatoes are helpful against fish, so you can mash them up and spread them on pieces of paper that you leave on the floor. They bury themselves in this mashed potato and in the morning you just throw the paper in the bin. A slightly more expensive, but also effective option, is vanilla bean pods. Vanilla is avoided by terns. Place pieces where they like to be and wait a few days. If none of this works, chemical pest control products are certainly the last resort.