Prevent Termites from Taking Over your Home!

Termites consumes 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. Besides causing a huge headache to the architectural design and the beauty of your home, termite could damage the structural integrity of the building as well. That is why there is increased educational activities in recent years to create awareness on termite infestation in Malaysia. ​​​Notably, due to the fact that this pest is a silent destroyer, homeowners will take precautionary actions to prevent termiteattack​s on their home ​​and also to keep them a  ​way. In hindsight, there are also people who couldn’t care less and will only look for professional services after the infestation occurs.

Here are the ​​top 3 common signs of a ​termite infestation:

  • ​Swarmers -​ Can be winged male or female termite adults that emerges when humidity is high and are attracted to bright lights. Their presence can be confirmed with the sightings of discarded termite wings on window sills, floors etc.
  • Termite mud trail​s – These shelter tubes are constructed when they leave their underground tunnels to look for food to protect their bodies from heat and light.
  • ​​Damaged  ​and hollowed ​wood​ -​ Termites will eat almost all of the inside of the wood while leaving a wafer thin veneer on the surface, leaving no evidence of their activity.

​Take a look at the infographic below on some sharing of interesting and fun termite facts and learn more on methods in keeping termite infestation at bay. Little remedy goes a long way in protecting your sanctuary effectively!

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.

Here are some symptoms of dengue fever that normally begins 4 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito:
• Fever, up to 106 F (41 C)
• Headaches
• Muscle, bone and joint pain
• Pain behind your eyes

The Health Ministry has been taking numerous measures to minimise the spread of dengue but besides relying on government’s efforts, the public is also responsible to take initiatives in getting rid of mosquito breeding grounds. By taking small efforts such as discarding unwanted items that collect water around your home, it helps in preventing mosquitoes from breeding. This prevention method can really make a huge difference in reducing the dengue menace.
Take a look at the infographic below about the deadliest animal on earth; mosquito and learn the best preventive measures for your home.


Prevent mosquito infestation infographic

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.

The Leptospirosis situation in Malaysia indicated that rats were the main carrier, spreading this infectious disease. Bacteria of the Leptospira ​type is transmitted to humans through contact with the urine of rats or other infected animals, ​entering through the mouth, nose, eyes or cuts and skin abrasions. Leptospirosis cases will usually peak towards year end during the monsoon season; people are vulnerable to getting infected while wading through monsoon waters which have a high possibility of being contaminated. Rats are also forced to infiltrate our homes because their natural habitats are destroyed by flood waters.

The best way to minimise risk of infection is to prevent rat infestations in your house and its surrounding areas. Take a look at the infographic below to learn a thing or two about rats infestations in Malaysia, and educate yourself on the tell-tale signs of their invasion into your lovely home.

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Rat Infestations in Malaysia

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 »