Prevent Termites from Taking Over your Home!

Termites consume cellulosic material from dead wood or wood by-products. In Malaysia, Subterranean termites are usually the primary species that destroys human made structures including furniture, paper, books and other wooden objects. They are essential in nature as they decompose fallen timbers to make way for new growth in the jungle, albeit being feared by most homeowners because of the damages and cost incurred. Termites may forage through houses that are developed on top of their habitat (soil beneath the ground) to seek for sustenance, hence finding their way into your home. Read More »

Mosquito Trending in Malaysia

Many have considered mosquitoes to be harmless due to its small and fragile nature. But little did they know that, mosquitoes have caused more human fatalities compared to any other creatures on earth. Although they may not look dangerous, mosquitoes are actually carriers of deadly diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya.

Recently, Aedes mosquitoes have posed a serious threat in Malaysia due to an increasing hike in dengue cases. As of 5 July 2014 compared with same time last year, the number of dengue cases have shown a significant growth of 246% with 46,681 cases reported with 87 deaths. Read More »

Rats Infestations and Leptospirosis Cases in Malaysia

In the recent years, Leptospirosis cases have increased at an alarming rate and proven to be a major public health concern for fellow Malaysians. A total of 3,665 cases were reported in 2012, an increased of 1397 cases from prior year.

According to a study done by the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health Malaysia, Leptospirosis has been around Malaysia for almost 90 years since it was first diagnosed in 1925. Read More »

I is for Insects

Yellow summer roseFinally the weather has warmed up and it feels like summer is here – did we skip spring? Time to throw open our windows and let the warm, fresh air into our homes along with some flying insects of course – am referring to the usual suspects of flies and wasps.

Like many others, I will aim to spend lots of time in the garden soaking up as much vitamin D from the sun rays as possible (whilst wearing sun protection of course!) and no doubt listening out for that all too familiar buzzing sound of wasps and bees –a sound almost synonymous with summer time. It seems insects of all shapes and sizes, crawling, flying, biting and stinging have arrived with the good weather. Read More »

H Is For Holidays – But Not For Pests

Olive trees around poolSipping tasty sangrias by the poolside.  Reading the latest Dan Brown book on your sun lounger. Drinking your early morning cappuccino whilst people watching in the main piazza at the start of another blissfully baking hot sunny day. Whatever a holiday means to you, we all know we couldn’t do without it. And, if we are lucky enough, some of us manage to go on several holidays per year.

Spare a thought then for your common household pest. Pests do not go on holiday.  Sorry to bring this up, but it’s true. In fact, occasionally we manage to transport some pests back home with us – bed bugs just love to travel home in our luggage – as highlighted by Alicia’s Christmas bed bug warning post. Read More »