Home Health Checklist – Pest Prevention Tips & More
By: Rita Stadler
The seasons are changing, and the autumnal equinox is upon us. This day marks the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fun Fact: The word “equinox” comes from Latin aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, “night.” On the equinox, day and night are roughly equal in length.
During this time when there is an almost perfect balance of daylight and darkness, we can examine the balance in our own lives as well. Let’s use this opportunity to check in with our environment – both inside and outside the home. Take the time to make sure you are surrounding yourself with the things that support health and harmony for you and your family.
Creating a World of Protection at Home
Little things have a way of building up all around us and we might not notice their cumulative effect, but over time, these things cause us stress. Clutter and neglect take away from our health and well-being, and that can cost us dearly. Some of these things are objects that can be organized, stored, or given away – like clothes that no longer fit, equipment from hobbies no longer practiced, and that stack of junk mail that continues to grow. Some of these things are habits and choices we make – like ordering late-night delivery while scrolling through Instagram with a serious case of FOMO. All of these things can affect our quality of life and the impact we have on the world around us.
By focusing on non-toxic living and co-existing with nature, you can strike the right balance in your home and daily life. Adopting healthy habits will improve your physical and mental well-being, along with many other benefits. You’ll end up saving money, and (this is where EarthKind’s expertise can truly shine) you’ll be free from the stress and mess of pest infestations too!
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Home Health Checklist
Download this free checklist and take a quick inventory of your home life. Simple steps, like keeping up with home maintenance and swapping out household products containing harmful chemicals for natural alternatives will make a big difference!
- Do a ‘clean sweep’ to find any harmful chemicals that need to be removed from the home. Check under sinks, in basements, garages, attics, and closets for toxic cleaners and pesticides.
- Check all products for expiration dates, and lookout for leaking or damaged containers.
- Review disposal instructions on product labels. Look up local hazardous waste disposal guidelines as many of these items are not suitable for curbside pickup.
- Make any necessary door and window screen repairs to keep pests out, then let in some fresh air.
- Inspect faucets, appliances, and utility lines for moisture accumulation to prevent mold, mildew, insects, and rodents.
- Clear leaves and debris from gutters and any other areas where they may build up.
- Safely store outdoor and patio furniture. Remember to include a pouch of Stay Away® to deter spiders and prevent mice from chewing up and nesting in cushions.
A Note About Seasonal Pest Behavior
Common pests are affected by seasonal changes just like any other living being. Rodents and insects will be looking for warm and cozy places to spend the winter as the temperature drops. Make sure your home is unwelcoming to household pests. Start by finding and repairing any cracks or gaps around doors, windows, utility lines and the building’s foundation. Blocking these entrances makes it harder for creepy crawly critters to get inside. This will help keep your heating costs down too. Keeping things neat and tidy means mice and bugs will have fewer places to hide. Properly storing food and seasonal items will deter pest infestations and make your life a little easier too!
Like Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Using nature’s calendar as a reminder to check in with what’s going on in your own life will make it easy to protect your property from pest damage, while also protecting the environment and pests from damage caused by humans. Let’s work together to preserve nature’s delicate ecosystem, creating a world of protection for all.