Everyone is guilty of procrastination from time to time and housekeeping is one example we do it regularly. Putting it off for other priorities or interest could probably result in a longer-term problem.
Why we shouldn’t procrastinate housekeeping
1. Cross-Contamination Risks
A running pest or presence of dirt, germs and bacteria can contaminate surfaces such as table or counter taps, utensils and cooking tools like your cutting board. Passing them on from these surfaces to food preparation may cause food contamination as a result.
Tips: Clean the table and tools before and after preparation and consumption, doing the dishes in the sink, and disposing the trash can minimise attracting ants and cockroaches’ while heightening hygiene standards. Procrastination starts when harden food residue makes cleaning difficult!
2. Exposure to Allergy-Inducing Elements
Delayed cleaning makes it easier for dust, mites, mould, pet fur, and other airborne debris to build-up over time, which can cause health problems such as allergies or respiratory issues. Did you know? Cockroaches’ urine, saliva and faeces can also trigger allergic reactions and asthma!
Reminder: Sweep and mop your floor, vacuum the rug and carpet, and steam clean upholstery including sofa, and curtains can help to keep the environment fresh and clean, and improve the quality of rest. If need, engage in house cleaning services to help relieve some of the household chores burden.
3. Increased Susceptibility to Bacterial Infection
Bathrooms in particular are a chore when comes to cleaning. Surfaces that are usually cold, damp and grimy, are prone to bacterial, mould, and parasitic growth, putting your family at health risks. Mould spores can irritate the airways, resulting in nasal congestion, wheezing, and coughing. Prolonged exposure may develop asthma and allergy problems.
Benefits: Scrubbing and keeping bathroom surfaces dry, not only prevents slips and falls, promotes healthier home stay, but absence of moisture also means lower opportunity for pests to harbor.
4. Spot Signs of Pest Infestation Faster
How often we take notice of the unusual amidst cleaning and packing the home. For example, cracks and damages on the wall, old pipes that starts to leak, or physical changes such as droppings, “saw dusts” and mud tubes that are early signs of pest infestation. Did you know? Distinctive smells can also be an indicator of a pest problem. Read more on the different smell indicators here.
Structural defects either can develop as entryway for pests into your home or promotes pests to hide and breed. It can also be an indicator that your home been damaged by pests such as a termite infestation, as they start to chew off the wood.
5. Minimise the spread of pests around
For the less observant individuals, we may miss out details and neglect blind spots of the home. It is too tiny to spot pests such as bed bugs, ticks or mites, until it manifests to something major. For example, spreading from room to room or people to people.
Tips: Pest control recommendations include changing bedsheets regularly to eliminate any presence of bed bugs early and take quick action in engaging bed bugs control, and check your pets and its sleeping corner for any attached ticks to prevent spreading to other parts of the home or hosts such as yourself. Read more if you think your pet has been attacked by ticks.
Find our more from a professional pest specialist on how pest control is done
Start early by taking small and simple steps, to get going. You can adopt basic housekeeping habits as a first line of defense. This include remove breeding source opportunities such as clutters and unused item. Seek pest control services to detect for any early signs of pest infestation.
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