If you’re experiencing pest problems at home, don’t worry, there’s a simple way to address your problem. Just follow these steps to guide you through the process.
STEP 1: Identify the Pests
Different types of pests thrive in Singapore. Some of them are harmless, while others are dangerous to your health. Take a look at the most common kinds of pests you might encounter at home:
Ants are tiny insects that are attracted to sweet food. They travel in colonies, so when you see one ant, chances are, there’s more. Fortunately, ants are one of the least dangerous pests in the country. The most harm they can do to you is an ant bite which can cause itchiness.
Mosquitoes, on the other hand, are of a harmful variety. They can cause harmful diseases like dengue fever and malaria, which can be fatal when left untreated. Since it’s the rainy season, you can expect to see more mosquitoes in the environment as they’re drawn to puddles and stagnant waters.
Termites are harmless to humans, but they cause the most damage to your homes. Termites are drawn to moist environments with an abundance of wood, cardboard, or paper. What they do is they’ll dig through the wood and eat it from within, causing severe structural damage to your furniture and walls. They leave behind discarded wings, wood pellets, and feces, which eventually dirties up your space. They also build tunnels in your homes where they can breed and thrive.
Cockroaches enter your house through cracks and crevices. Like termites, they prefer moist environments, so you’ll tend to find them behind your kitchen refrigerators or under the sinks. Cockroaches are very dirty insects that trash cans. They carry with them pathogens that may be disease-causing bacteria that are harmful to your health. As such, cockroaches are considered dangerous pests.
Rodents are rat species that can crawl inside your home through cracks and crevices. They’re mobile creatures that can survive in both land and water. They are attracted to food and rummage through garbage cans to find resources. Like cockroaches, rats are well-traveled creatures that bring with them germs and bacteria. When this pest has contaminated your food, it may lead to food poisoning and infection.
STEP 2: Follow Best Practices
Now that you have a better understanding of different pest identification and their preferences, you need to take action to avoid infestation. After all, the best solution is prevention. Follow these guidelines to ensure that you keep your home pest-free.
Maintain good hygiene
Good hygiene is the cornerstone of a clean environment. Because pests are mostly drawn to dirt and clutter, you don’t invite pests into your homes if you practice good hygiene and properly maintain your house.
Dispose of trash properly
By keeping your homes clean, you ensure that there are no possible sources of food to attract pests. Trash cans contain food wastes that pests need. By taking them out of your homes and disposing of them properly, you direct the pests away from you.
Wrap food tightly
However, even if you’ve disposed of your trash but don’t keep your leftovers in tightly sealed containers, there’s still a small chance that pests can enter your home. The scent of the food draws the attention of ants, cockroaches, and rats. As a solution, never leave food out where it’s within reach of pests and keep them in secure containers.
Keep all surfaces free from scraps and food particles
After setting food aside, it’s still possible that some crumbs have fallen to the table or the floor. After eating, it’s important to wipe down all surfaces, vacuum and mop the floors.
Use the toilet properly
Because the bathroom has an abundant water source, pests are more attracted to it than any other part of the house. That’s why you should take extra care to use the bathroom properly. Dispose of toilet paper properly and make sure that there are no broken pipes that may cause leakage.
STEP 3: Hire a Professional
If for any reason, you still experience pest problems, the next step to take is to call the professionals.
As a rule of thumb, do not DIY pest control for the home as they may inflict more damage to you and your space. Hire pest control services as they provide the necessary pest control services and solutions to eliminate the problem.
Pest control offers customized treatments to help you get rid of all pests once and for all. They provide long-term solutions to prevent future infestations.