Yesterday morning, I watched an army of ants try to hoist and carry away the family toaster while I poured my morning coffee. That’s how I knew it was officially spring- ants, at least at our house- equals spring time.
Sticky spots and crumbs on kitchen floors and counters might as well be neon welcome signs for these spring-loving insects.
And, I don't want to pick on them, but teenagers are notorious for lighting up those welcome neon signs! (I have lots of first-hand experience in this area.)
As if ants aren’t gross enough, let’s just talk for a moment about even yuckier little irritants- cockroaches. Did you know that cockroach droppings may trigger asthma and allergy symptoms? An air purifier (especially with a HEPA filter) can eliminate airborne particles for healthier air and allergy relief.
Here are a few tips to send to your teens that will maybe help you keep ants and cockroaches at bay as you welcome spring’s arrival:
•Never leave unwrapped food on counters or floors. Instead store it in air-tight containers.
•Wipe down stove top and counters.
•Use poison baits and traps. If you or someone in your family suffers from asthma, use or exposure to liquid or spray pesticides should be avoided.
•Don’t allow dirty dishes to pile up in the sink. Food particles draw zillions of ants.
•Use a covered or sealed trash can.
This is also a useful list to pack in with supplies going off to school next fall - it's never too early to start the education!
-Elaine of the AirFlow Technology Blog Team
Speaking of sending kids off to college - here at AirFlow Technology, we hear from students who have replaced vent grills with an AirFlow Breeze register vent booster fan in their dorms and apartments. The heating systems are notorious for being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter because of the long runs in the duct system. The AirFlow Breeze booster fan draws cooled or warmed air out of the ducts and into the room - keeping your son or daughter more comfortable. It probably keeps them healthier, too, because they won't be sleeping with all the windows open - summer and winter!