Our last post on “8 tips to keep mold and mildew out of our humid Singapore homes” has been getting a lot of traction, especially in the months of January and February. Could it be because it is the most humid months of the year?
We have also received some questions via email on exactly how we’d solved our mold & mildew (M&M), and booklice issue. As such, we’ve decided do a follow up post on this topic to give you some direction, should you be facing a problem with M&M.
Here are our suggested steps:
First: Keep things light-hearted and discuss the next steps with your family members. 🙂 These next steps may take some time to carry out so don’t pressure yourself to solve every single issue immediately.
Second: Assess the seriousness of your M&M issue. Are there M&M visible in many parts of your home, especially your kitchen and bathroom? Are you seeing bugs like booklice and silverfish lurking around your closets and shelves? Are you and your family members falling sick quite often? Does your home have a wet and musky smell? If your answer is yes to most of the above, then perhaps you have a moderately serious situation of M&M in your home. At this point, we want to say “Well done!” as you have taken the first step in researching about it and stumbling upon this blog post. 🙂
Third: Get a mold expert in for an inspection. We had invited a Mold inspector from AOM to visit our home. When he came, he had a device to measure the humidity of our walls. As we had been dehumidifying quite often at that point, he said that the humidity levels of our home is pretty good. At this point we still had some sightings of the booklice – which he said was normal as they would need some time (even months) to realize that our home does not have anymore food (M&M) for it and it will find its way out (yay!).
We had the inspection done at the end of 2016, and it was a free home inspection then, but please do check if that’s still the case. If you had to pay a small fee, we feel that it would be money well spent. After the consultation, the consultant should be able to advise your next steps. If it’s serious enough, they may even advise you to fog your home with insecticide and/or wipe down your walls.
(These next steps we had taken for ourselves are in accordance to our lifestyle. Based on the context of your M&M issue, you may need to alter this up or down.)
Fourth: We cannot stress this enough – buy a dehumidifier! At least for a start, dehumidify each room per week every night (close the windows when you do), beginning with the room that has been hit the worse with M&M. In the day, air your home as much as possible. Open the windows as big as you can, especially if someone is at home the whole day.
Fifth: Get this Bio-X spray and spray it generously on the walls and corners where you have seen booklice or M&M. This has been very effective for us, even though we know that it is quite pricy. For a start, spray it every alternate day, then 3 times a week, then weekly. We use this on our mattress too whenever we change our bedsheets. You can find BioX at Cold Storage or Selffix in Singapore. Typically I’ve found it cheaper at Selffix but you can do a price check. This spray does keep booklice at bay and prevent them from coming back. However, the root is still to remove their food source – which is M&M.
Last but not least: Follow the 8 tips that we have listed in this post. 🙂
All the best!