Spring is here and we all want to get out and enjoy the warm weather. It’s time to open up the cottage, clean out the shed and do some gardening. A thorough spring clean-up can help you enjoy outdoor activities all season long by removing conditions that are favourable for unwanted pests that may cause discomfort and disease. The Health Unit advises that before you begin your clean up you make sure you wear protective clothing and take the following precautions:
When it comes to cleaning up the cottage, garage or shed be prepared. You may find small accumulations of mouse, bird, raccoon, or bat droppings. These droppings may have harmful micro-organisms that are released into the air in the dust as you clean up.
- Open windows and doors for ventilation for about 30 minutes before your begin cleaning.
- Wear disposable gloves and a mask.
- Wet down areas where droppings have been left with a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water.
- Shovel the wet droppings and dispose of the cleaning cloths into a garbage bag and seal the bag.
- Wash your hands well after you have finished.
- Some droppings may require extra special precautions or help from a professional.
Cleaning up around the yard, including trimming brush, will help reduce tick and mosquito breeding grounds. These pests live close to their breeding sites and can carry disease. The following actions will help control these pesky biters:
- Remove dead brush and cut down long grass.
- Empty and remove containers that hold stagnant water such as old tires, swimming pool covers, clogged gutters, unused toys or vehicles.
- Mow the grass and trim the ditches regularly. Mowing the ditch is a chemical free way to control the growth of wild parsnip. Keeping the plant mowed will prevent the plant from flowering and spreading its seeds.
- Check yourself for ticks after your work is complete.
For more information check our website at: http://healthunit.org/health-information/home-health-safety/