If that doesn't work, I jump up and down and say:
Let's sweep, let's sweep, let's really sweep. Let's dust, let's dust, let's really dust. Let's scrub, let's scrub, let's really scrub. Let's sweep, Let's dust, Let's scrub.
(They scatter, afraid - much like you. It works like a charm. I'll maintain what's left of my summer sanity or have a clean house. Either way, it's a V-I-C-T-O-R-Y for me.)