Pest Control and Home Cleaning Before Diwali

Diwali is just around the corner. We have often seen people undergo pest control and home cleaning before each Diwali. Sometimes we wonder why.
In India, people visit each other’s houses during this festive season. No one would rather go to a neighbor’s house full of spiders or a house full of bed bugs. There is nothing scarier than walking into the bathroom with a cockroach or lizard staring at you. Imagine that you are sitting on a sofa at your friends’ house and you have the feeling that a mouse has just crossed your foot and is hiding just under the sofa. You can’t even drink the tea peacefully and interact normally. Or imagine that when you are walking you hear a creak coming from the wooden floor that the termites have chewed up halfway. But we still haven’t found a solid logic why always before Diwali and not at other festivals. Diwali is celebrated shortly after the monsoon ends. With all the cool weather and the happiness that the monsoon brings, a lot of germs, insects and diseases also arrive. Also during Diwali, there are large-scale preparations of delicacies and that invites many pests. While we enjoy it as a “Festival”, the plagues enjoy it equally as their “Pestival”. So in fact, all the health risks that the monsoon brings are neutralized by our ancient traditions of pest control and thorough home punaises de lit cleaning. People are often surprised when I say that pest control along with cleaning has been a tradition since ancient times. They ask – “Are you serious”? Cleaning, I get it, but how the heck did they get pest control services back in the day? It is a surprising fact that every Hindu tradition has a valid scientific and logical reason behind it.
Well! The ancient indigenous practice of applying a fine paste made from cow dung, Gangajal, clay and cow urine, served as a disinfectant and “Environmentally friendly pesticide”. This was a very scientific form of pest control because cow manure has a bacteriophage, a virus that infects and replicates within a bacterium. FAO and many other renowned world institutions have recognized the ancient Indian practice. Search Google and Wikipedia and you will find extensive proof.
How is pest control done?
Pest control makes sure that all the germs and infestation that brought the monsoons with them are eradicated. Cleaning along with painting and polishing ensures that there are no cracks or crevices left on the wall and furniture to allow them to reproduce, shelter and multiply even more.
1. What if only cleaning is done and pest control services remain?
Effective pest control requires a lot of trained mind, experience, and resources to tackle them. As you know, pests also have brains and they are smart and intelligent. You can clean the physical dirt, but the pests will immediately hide in the cracks and crevices. And the next day, you will find your droppings, hairs, fat marks, etc. So simply cleaning and avoiding Pest Control would be a big mistake.
2. What happens if pest control is done but cleaning is not done? A professional cleaning includes the removal of not only dust particles, but also the cleaning of grease and sludge material, food residues, pest droppings, clogged drainage, etc. It is important that pests do not find their food and water. A clean house is actually a hostile condition for pests. No one, be it a human being or a pest, wants to arrive as a guest in a hostile environment. If they do not find the entrance door, food and shelter, surely in that place they would not like to stay. Nor is a further reproduction of pests possible in such a hostile condition.