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5 Helpful Tips for Getting Rid of Gamu-Gamo

They're said to herald the end of the dry season.

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You may have noticed gamu-gamo flying around your outdoor lamps at dusk or even sneaking into your home and crawling all over the place. The swarming is said to signal the end of summer; and there’s a bit of truth in that, as experts say that while this event (also known as “synchronized flight”) happens in different times of the year, its peak happens just before the wet season begins.

Having gamu-gamo however, may also be a sign that your home has a termite infestation. It often starts with signs that one tends to miss—like mud tunnels, or dust mounds, or gamu-gamo swarms. It’s a must to deal with this issue immediately, but if you wish to first get rid of winged termites, you can try the following tips:

How to deal with gamu-gamo

1. Have thick curtains to cover your windows and glass doors 

Gamu-gamo are attracted to light, which is why its recommended to close your curtains or blinds at night, to make your home seem less inviting to them.

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2. Do the lightbulb-and-mirror trick

Turn on a lightbulb and place a bowl of water directly under it, with six to 10 inches of space in between. The water will reflect the light causing the gamu-gamo to fly to the bowl of water, trapping them.

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3. Soak a piece of cardboard with water and pesticides

Apart from light, gamu-gamo are attracted to cellulose and humidity. Cellulose is present in cardboard, that’s why adding water to it can lure them in. As  gamu-gamo chew on cardboard, adding pesticide to it can help lessen their numbers. Just make sure to place it away from children and pets.

4. Use an electric insect killer

A simple solution: buy an electric insect killer. There are a lot of options online, depending on where you plan to put it.

5. Get to the root of the problem

As mentioned, gamu-gamo may be a sign of termites. Check your home for swollen bulges in wooden walls or columns, unexplained mounds of dust, and a strong scent of mold or mildew, among others. You can see if your home is positive for other signs here. If so, then it’s may be time to call in an expert.

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