At this pandemic stage of COVID-19 in Singapore as the coronavirus cases are still clocking in everyday, our health and safety are at risks from contracting these bacteria and viruses. However, do you know? The dengue cases in Singapore is also on an upward trend. Find out if your place of residence falls under the dengue cluster here.
In this article, Rentokil shares more on what you need to know about both indoor and outdoor pest control service, what are some of the risks and implications it can pose on our health and how much does pest control cost in Singapore if we were to engage them
It is important to understand pest infestation causes for example what makes them attracted to your home.
With so many types of pest species in the world, which pests are usually present in a residential home? Firstly, cockroaches and ants are common in homes because of the food source availability. Secondly, mosquitoes as we stay in a tropical city where mozzies presence is inevitable due to rain and the hot climate. Thirdly, so long as there is wood, soil and structure, termites will strive especially in this moist and humid weather of Singapore. Lastly, rats can jump, swim and travel through outdoors and burrows, and enter into residential premises with just a tiny gap.
Knowing their favourite hot spots can help to minimise further pest damage and protect your family from further harm. Here is a list of pest key risk areas in a home:
Common places where pests hide
Firstly, greenery and carbon dioxie attracts the mosquitoes that travel from location to location. They are usually present in the garden, lawn area or backyard. Secondly, rats that lurk around the disposal waste area, drains, gully traps and manholes. Lastly, termites such as dampwood termites found in your front porch or garden area, among logs, tree branches and trunks or woody furnishing.
Their teeth can grow up to 5 inches and gnaw hard materials including steel and aluminum
Nocturnal pest and emerge at night for food sourcing
Social pests that will live and hang around in groups
Can produce around 20 offspring at one time
Female mosquitoes bite to seek blood meal for protein and survival
Can lay up to 300 eggs at one time
Average lifespan is usually less than 2 months
Attracted to body warm, lactic acid and carbon dioxide
Seek moisture and humidity to breed and strive around wood source and home foundation
They are social pests and comes in colonies building
Usually found around logs, dead trees, picket fence and post
Colony consists of swarmers, soilders, king and queen
Generally, most pests are harmful to a space, property or to our health and safety. Rentokil Singapore shares some of the harm and risks they can create:
In fact, we all are guilty of committing some of the common home mistakes that can invite a pest problem. For example, not ensuring adequate home proofing from external to internal that allows rats to enter. In addition, mosquito control is neglected as we take for granted some form of fogging would be carried out by authorities. This is also not forgetting the mosquito breeding sources we created due to poor housekeeping or sanitation habits. Above all, termites is a pest that are unseen and unnoticed. Without proper landscaping and facility management, rotten and decaying wood or tree through moist may occur, thus inviting termite infestation.
It helps to detect signs of pest infestation as early as possible. Early detection helps to identify the pest type species, root cause and apply proactive pest control measures to minimise damage impact. Here are some pest signs you can keep a lookout.
Presence of dark brown rat droppings in a spindle shape
Bite or rub marks on surfaces
Scratching noises as they climb through pipes or crawling spaces
Burrow or “digging holes” as they dig their way in to hide
Experiencing mosquito bites on your body
Physical adult mosquitoes flying around the premise
Presence of mosquito breeding sources or larvae lying around on stagnant water
Buzzing sound of the mosquito around your ears
Presence of damaged and infested wood in the garden, usually they are damp
Fecel pellets and dead swarmers found on the wood and surfaces
Wood infested by Dampwood Termite typically looks clean and smooth
Eaten grain across the wood, that is patched back by their fecal matter
To take care of the pest matters outside your home, here are some pest control options you can consider
For the additional protection particularly during this COVID-19 period, outdoor surface disinfection service is essential. This is so if you have kids or elderly hanging out at the courtyard and garden with many surface contact points. Diseases transmitted with tonnes of bacteria and viruses found on them. Above all, things might turn worse if family members fall and suffer from open wounds. We do not hope to contract with this disease-causing organism.
As the name suggests, the disinfection treatment is organic and safe for application on your outdoor surfaces and materials including metal or plastic. Besides removing harmful microorganisms and pathogens including bacteria and viruses, it can protect your family from spread of diseases. Some of the features of this environmentally friendly surface sanitisation solution includes:
Pests are everywhere so long as there is food, water and shelter to survive. In addition, it does not mean so long as we shut our doors tight from external surroundings and we are safe. Pests could enter and lurk in our homes through various means. Firstly, cockroaches and ants can enter from any possible holes and cracks and breed in the home due to food meals available for their feeding and poor housekeeping regime. Secondly, termites love wood and every part of your home internally is a delicious meal for them to survive. Thirdly, mosquitoes can fly in through the windows or breed from the stagnant water in the balcony. Finally, Let us not forget the risks of transporting bed bugs back from any lodging or external environment that has presence of bed bugs.
Require moisture to survive and live in underground and below your home
They build mud tubes as a source for traveling their way up
2 common species includes subterranean and drywood termite species
Usually more active in warmer climates and weather conditions
Common ant species we are familiar with is the sugar ants or carpenter ants in our home
Feed on sweet and sugar stuffs, nectar, juices, insects and water
Able to swim and survive in water by holding their breath for a period
Ants use pheromones to communicate with each other
They don’t fly but glide and able to move very quickly as they seek retreat
Feed on almost anything, including decaying or decomposed matters
Cockroaches are nocturnal and surface at night seeking food meal
Hold their breath well and able to submerge in water for at least 40 minutes
These common pests may sound less harmful or scary as compared to outdoor pests such as bees, rats, snakes or even birds. However, indoor pests can cause some detrimental consequences if left untreated.
We all look forward to returning to our cosy home after a hard day’s work. As we get too comfortable, we tend to neglect or procrastinate some essential home needs. Firstly, we tend to snack and eat on the sofa while watching TV or even in the bedroom that leaves food crumbs behind. Secondly, we leave cleaning and sweeping as the last priority in our home checklist. Thirdly, clutters, boxes, newspapers and parcels accumulates in the storeroom. These piles are likely removed only during the spring cleaning period. Fourthly, we love plants while forgetting the excess water and spills that create mosquitoes breeding opportunities. Finally, drips and droplets of water after hand washing or shower becomes a trip hazard. These also create opportunities for pests to breed on, for instance termites! Read more on the top home mistakes we are all guilty of.
Usually pest signs are not easy to identify or spot, unless it is obvious or too visible due to high infestation level. Here is a summary of common pest infestation signs for termites, ants and cockroaches.
Presence of mud tubes and mud trials running along wall
Surfaces that look dusty and dirty along window wills or door frames
Walls that are damaged or cracked or bubbling floor surfaces
“Flying termites” or known as alate hovering around the home
Crawling ants seen on the wall, table or counter tops
Presence of ants nest usually found deep within cabinets
Ant trails or also known as pathway for ants to leave their pheromone
Dead ants that seen or found in drinks and glasses
Cockroach droppings that looks blackish and grainy
Egg cases that is brown in color and oval shape
A musty and unpleasant foul odour coming from their urine and droppings
Presence of live cockroaches creeping from cabinets and behind appliances
Internally, there are also pest management solutions to cope with pests found within the home.
Rentokil Initial has recently launched the indoor surface disinfection services that effectively removes pathogens including bacteria and viruses. The disinfection treatment has proven to last for 30 days even if there are regular washing and cleaning in place. In addition, food-safe graded means it brings another level of safety and assurance to sensitive application locals including homes.
Besides the transmission of the COVID-19 viruses, there are other pathogens around us, such as bacteria and disease-causing organisms caused by pests. Firstly, there are vector-borne diseases such as the dengue fever. Secondly, rats can cause hazardous implications such as fire. Thirdly for commercial businesses, flies presence is detrimental for food businesses particularly restaurants, food processing and catering. Flies control is essential to get rid of flies and control flies infestation. Lastly, we should not compromise our safety relating to home structure stability.
Intense and stringent pest control programmes are not necessary unless the infestation is heavy, involves a complex or massive coverage, premise is undergoing critical regulatory audit compliance standards or there are multiple pests to deal with. Generally, most services are held monthly. However, for critical pests such as mosquitoes, they may be required to be carried out every 2 weeks or less. For acute or ad-hoc cases, additional one-time-off pest jobbing is conducted. Above all, monthly inspection and yearly renewal expected to control infestation in a consistent and stable manner. Read more on when and how often to engage pest control company.
With all reasons and needs to have pest management in place, of course one of the major concerns in taking the first step is about price and cost. Pest solutions are available to suit an individual’s budget and affordability appetite. For instance, for commercial businesses who undergo taxing operating costs, Insect Light Traps with energy cost savings is available. The comfort level of investment determines the frequency or type of active ingredient used. However, cost should not be considered on a short-term basis, but essential to engage in credible and quality solutions that can protect you on a longer-term basis. Read more on factors to determine how much do we really need to invest and commit to pest control management.
Personal hygiene including hand hygiene has to be diligently complied during this period. Washing hands with soap properly and adequately, applying hand sanitisers for additional protection and even installing toilet seat cleaners can help optimise hygiene standards.
Engage adequate pest control services to keep infestation control at bay. This helps to minimise any additional health safety risks and business risks such as penalty and business closure.
Here are some pest preventive tips you can adopt to enhance your safety:
Call Rentokil Pest Control at (65) 6347 8138 for professional pest control services today.