Beauty and aesthetics, let’s face it, who doesn’t favor them? As home owners are swarmed with creative design palettes that inject modern, lifestyle and thematic décor, we end up choosing looks over practicality and home safety. A potential pest problem trigger, find out which unwanted guests favor your home interior choices and come knocking at your door!
Garden beds, flora-inviting shrubs, tree shades and tropical greens elevates the sanctuary experience, but before you turn your front yard into a magical garden, think again how this may elevate your pests’ woes.
Pest Problem 1: Mosquitoes
Carbon dioxide which is produced by plants is one example of mosquito magnet. To make matters worse, our body generates more carbon dioxide as we breathe harder during exercises, and the perspiration and release of lactic acid means elevating the mosquito magnet level, putting us at risks of mosquito bites.
Pest Problem 2: Snakes
Unkempt tall grasses and shady shrubs are snakes favorite hide and seek, especially in the hot afternoon, snakes will not only hide from getting noticed but to keep cool from the heat. In fact, the front yard is just like a typical snake habitat, especially after watering the garden lawn, the mulched green areas are ideal cooling hideouts for these snakes.
For some personal presence, dark-colour themes incorporating matt black finishes, earthy dark brown tones or fiery red are often applied into the home décor. Do reconsider again! Introducing them too much to your home certainly raises some pest risks: For example, mosquitoes are attracted to black, brown and dark blue while bed bugs are a fan of red and black.
We all know termites are home’s best friend. However, some home designs might heighten termite invasions such as the Scandinavian or Industrial concepts. For such themes, furniture with wood features, wooden flooring or door frames, walls with timber or white bricks fittings, raw unfinished look and fixtures or any other wood accents are largely applied to the interior.
Termites such as subterranean termites can make their way in to your home very easily so long as there is any contact between soil (the earth) and wood and over time, with moisture (which is no. 1 termite attractant), a termite infestation will arise. Hence, door frames, pillars, stairs/steps are not spared Due to space constraints or storage convenience, build-in furniture such as wardrobes, cabinets, kitchen fixtures and functional wooden dining table and chairs are used. Drywood termites lived in these features!
Open concept homes are nice, modern and close to nature and outdoor environment. However, while it may exude a contemporary lifestyle, open concept homes may introduce some pest concerns as it allow opportunities for them to enter. Homes within dengue clusters are at risk of dengue diseases as Aedes Mosquitoes are often outdoor-driven. They are attracted to greeneries enter into homes for blood host targets. Finally, cross infestation can take place, where your neighbours pest infestation may spread to your home, and matters are worse if there are ample openings.
So what if your home has been fully renovated with these home concepts? Fret not. The critical key to minimise any further damage is detection. Self-inspection may not be as easy if we are not familiar with identifying these early signs. Let the experts help you.
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