10 Kitchen Tips To Keep Flies And Insects Away During Monsoon
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One of the biggest issues every Indian household faces during monsoon is that insects and flies of all sorts come out of the woodwork (sometimes, literally) and contaminate everything from your utensils to the food you prepare. Yes, it is a huge health hazard and can lead to foodborne diseases during monsoon season. So, preventing any insect or fly infestation during monsoon, especially in your kitchen is very important. 

But why do flies and insects increase their infestation in kitchens during monsoon? Monsoon brings heavy rainfall and increased humidity, creating a favorable environment for breeding and survival of flies and insects. The moisture-rich conditions provide ample breeding grounds for insects, leading to higher populations. Monsoon often leads to the accumulation of stagnant water in various places, such as puddles, waterlogged areas, and open containers. These water sources serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, flies, and other insects, contributing to their increased infestation. 

That's not all. The monsoon season leads to the decomposition of organic matter more rapidly. Accumulated fallen leaves, rotting vegetation, and damp soil provide abundant food sources for insects, attracting them in larger numbers. Due to the pleasant weather, people tend to keep doors and windows open during the monsoon season. This creates easier access for flies and insects to enter homes, increasing the chances of infestation. 

And the final reason for infestations of flies and insects in kitchens during monsoon is that they are attracted to food sources, including exposed fruits, vegetables, and food waste. Improper storage or disposal of food during the monsoon can attract a higher number of flies and insects. 

So, it is very important to take preventive measures, such as proper sanitation practices, maintaining cleanliness, and addressing standing water, to minimize the infestation of flies and insects during the monsoon season in India. Here are all the kitchen tips you need to keep flies and insects at bay during the monsoon season. 

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Maintain Cleanliness

Keep your kitchen clean and free from food debris. Wipe down countertops, tables, and other surfaces regularly to remove any spilled food or sticky residues that can attract flies and insects. 

Seal Food Containers

Store food in airtight containers to prevent insects from accessing it. This applies to dry goods such as grains, cereals, and snacks as well as perishable items like fruits and vegetables. 

Dispose Of Garbage Properly

Make sure your garbage bins have tight-fitting lids to prevent flies from entering. Dispose of food waste regularly and keep the area around the bins clean. Consider using sealed compost bins if you have a composting system. 

Clean Drains And Pipes

Clogged or dirty drains can attract flies. Regularly clean your kitchen drains and pipes using natural cleaning agents or specialized drain cleaners to prevent any buildup of organic matter that may attract insects. 

Use Fly Screens

Install fly screens on windows and doors to prevent flies and other insects from entering your kitchen. Make sure the screens are intact and have no gaps or holes where insects can get through. 

Plug Window Leaks  

During the monsoon season, when insects are more prevalent, minimize the entry points for them by keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible and plugging any leaks. Use door sweeps or weather stripping to seal any gaps around doors. 

Use Natural Repellents

Place natural insect repellents in your kitchen to deter flies and insects. Some effective options include planting insect-repelling herbs like basil, mint, and lemongrass near your kitchen window or using essential oils like citronella, lavender, or eucalyptus. 

Avoid Standing Water

Check for any stagnant water in and around your kitchen area, as it can attract mosquitoes. Ensure there are no leaky pipes, dripping faucets, or water accumulation in sinks or trays. 

Clean Kitchen Appliances Regularly

Clean appliances like toasters, microwave ovens, and blenders regularly, as food residue can accumulate and attract insects. Pay attention to areas where crumbs or spills may gather. 

Professional Pest Control

If you have a persistent problem with flies and insects in your kitchen despite taking preventive measures, consider seeking professional pest control services to address the issue effectively.