Friday, 16 June 2017

Bedbugs: How to Get Rid of Them

Bedbugs come from the cimicidae family, this family is thought to have around one hundred different species of insects. The human blood sucking species is the most common but there are some species that prefer to feed from bats and poultry. Some species also prefer warmer tropical climates.

How do bedbugs look like?

The appearance of these insects varies depending on how old it is. They start off life as light colored, clear insects when they are first hatched and as they grow older, their color changes to a darker brown. When they are fully grown they usually measure about five millimeters in length and three millimeters wide. They have a flat, oval appearance, are wingless and are usually reddish brown in color. They are very tiny and will usually not grow anymore then 1/4 of an inch long.

The bed bug can spread fast, as females can produce around 500 eggs in her life time. Think that is scary? It only takes the nymphs around a month to fully mature, so infestations can spread quick if they are not tended to immediately.

Bed bugs target mostly humans that are in a deep sleep, and once they start sucking your blood it can take anywhere from 1-3 minutes. Most of the time you will not even feel it when it is happening.

Besides people, bed begs also will make meals out of your pets if you have them. Birds, cats and dogs are primary targets as well.

Bed bugs leave a mark when they are finished feeding. So if you arise to being covered with insect bites, that could indicate a pretty strong infestation. The best thing to do is to treat the insect bites with a antibiotic cream, itching can just spread the rash.

By piercing the skin of their hosts, the bedbugs secrete saliva which carries chemicals that stop the blood from clotting and also act as a anesthetic. The insects have two tubes one of which they use to inject the saliva into the human and the other one they use to suck the blood from their host. They normally feed continuously for around five minutes and then return to a hiding place, the insects normally come out of hiding about once or twice a week to feed, but can survive for many months without food.

It is usually many hours later before the human realizes they have been bitten, due to the fact that it takes time for the body to react to the chemicals that have been injected through the saliva. Usually the bites appear as a rash that the hosts feel like scratching. Sometimes, usually in rare cases, the human can develop an allergic reaction to the bites and become very ill.

There are products available on the market that help to deal with the effects of the bites, taking the overwhelming urge to scratch away. The products also have properties that fight the spread of infection from scratching. Available in spray, lotion and creams, these products offer vital relief from the burning sensation left by the bites. Oral medication is also available for those who take a bad reaction to the chemicals.

You may see signs of bedbugs on bed sheets, these could be blood spots or traces of feces. Regular vacuuming of the home, including vacuuming the mattresses should help to prevent an infestation of these insects. If you should be unlucky enough to find these insects in your home then it is probably best to call in experts to exterminate the home. If you do find them in your home and you have pets, the pets also have to be treated as the insects could be living in the animals coats.

Suffering a bedbugs infestation is bad news for everyone; they spread like wildfire, suck your blood leaving small red, itchy bite marks on your skin. To successfully eradicate them you have to be very thorough and methodically work your way through the infested area, if you miss any, then you will probably have to repeat it all again in a few months time. Save yourself the expense of getting in a pest control company to do the job.

Here are some tips on how you can get rid of bed bugs effectively and economically:

Identify the source
The first thing you need to do is identify where the problem is coming from. Strip off all bedding and check the mattress over for any live bugs or eggs, also search inside the seams. You are likely to see tiny blood stains on the mattress as bed bugs suck your blood while you sleep. When checking it's important also to look at the areas around the bed, such as the bed frame and headboard, skirting boards, wallpaper joints and any furniture next to the bed. Put all your bedding, including sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers, in the washing machine on the hottest wash suitable.

Spray thoroughly
The mattress will need to be sprayed all over to ensure no eggs or insects are left. It's possible to find bed bug killer spray that is lethal to insects but causes no harm to people and leaves no stains or smell.

Use of special mattress covers
Special mattress covers can be purchased to protect against bed bugs; they help to protect the bugs from spreading and the infestation from getting out of control. You can find them for sale online; they are also suitable for dust mites, mold, and bacteria. A mattress cover will prevent you from having to waste time and money on throwing out your old mattress when it can merely be treated and covered.

Electrical products
Using electrical products for pest control is emerging as a popular method. They are favored by householders due to their simplicity of use and removing the need for sprays, powders or any other chemicals. Safe to use, they can be effective against all kinds of pests and are powered from the mains or battery operated.

The internet has a wealth of information on DIY pest control of bed bugs and other insects; it can also help you to identify them and provide tips and advice on how to tackle the problem yourself.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Where Do Bedbugs Usually Hide

Bedbug infestation is a major menace that is causing sleepless nights among those affected. Ever been bitten in the middle of the night only to wake up to nothing? It happens. The problem with bedbugs is that unless you are extremely keen, you may never see them. You can see them at night, but if you happen to spot one during the day, count yourself lucky. So, where do these small creatures hide? Bed? Well, that could be where the name bed bug comes from, but they can just be found anywhere. Bedbugs mostly hide in odd places that even a suspecting person cannot spot them. Here are some of the places where bedbugs hide:

1. Bed
Bed bugs hide in beds mostly because that’s where they get to you faster. You’ll find them in your beddings, but only if you are keen. Bed bugs will hardly move out of your bed and beddings unless you interfere with them. But that is still not a guarantee that all of them will relocate. Some will hold on for as long as they can! If you are the kind of person that will not be awakened by a bed bug bite, they have no reason whatsoever to leave your bed. You are their soft spot, and they are guaranteed of six to eight hours of feasting every day.

2. Couches and Chairs
Some people spend more time on their couches and chairs than their beds. Those people who are addicted to TVs, for instance, will hardly go to bed. Some even end up sleeping on their couches unknowingly. Unknown to them, every time they spend on their couches and chairs, bedbugs feast on them. These kinds of furniture make great hiding destinations for bed bugs.

3. Ceilings and walls
While beds and couches are the immediate hiding destinations for bed bugs, when there is a severe infestation, they will spread to unsuspecting places such as walls and ceilings. The crevices and cracks in walls make them a safe hiding spot for bed bugs. Bed bugs that hide in ceilings and walls are hard to get rid of, let alone to spot. The only good thing is that they won’t get to these places unless there is a severe infestation.

4. Carpet edges and baseboards
Ever thought that you can find bed bugs in carpets? Perhaps not. Well, bedbugs can hide in baseboards and carpet edges. Unfortunately, these are the places you can’t even suspect. If there is a severe infestation, some bed bugs will hide in these places and come out occasionally to feast. They usually have little holes and gaps where bed bugs can conveniently hide.

5. Nightstands and dressers
Dressers and nightstands have holes and corners where bedbugs can conveniently hide. They also have areas that are rarely disturbed, and bedbugs will mostly hide here. When there is an infestation, and you decide to take action, ensure that you look into nightstands and dressers.

6. Clothing
Although finding bed bugs in clothing is a rare happening, you should not ignore them. If you find bed bugs in your clothing, you should check your closet because the chances are that they are hiding there. If you are the type of person who does not wash clothes regularly, or you keep clothes dirty and unattended to for long, then don’t be surprised to find bed bugs in them. Sometimes, you can find bed bugs in the clothes you are wearing and quickly conclude that you have bed bugs in your home. But that is not always the case. It could be that they got to your clothes when you were at a friend’s house. It’s a rare occurrence, however.

7. Alarm clocks
Alarm clocks? Yes, some daring bed bugs hide in alarm clocks! Bed bugs won’t be bothered by the sound of alarm clocks because, by the time it rings, they will be with you on the bed. And when it dawns, they will get back to the alarm clock. Most people keep their alarm clocks close to bed, making it easy for bed bugs hiding in them to get to the bed. They are safe there because if you decide you are pouring hot water on your bed, you won’t get to those hiding in alarm clocks.

8. Under beds
Under beds are dark, especially in a poorly-lit room. In point of fact, even the most daring kids hate under beds. Most people know that bed bugs live in bed and mattresses, but they don’t think that they can get to under beds. Bed bugs love places where people hardly get to as they won’t be easily noticed. Since bed bugs love fabric and wood, they can take up residence in bed frame cracks or even wood slats. Once in a while, look into your under bed to see if you can spot them.

9. Electrical outlets
Bed bugs usually spread out in a heavily invested home. Some of them spread out to electrical outlet plates when your home is heavily invested. Who would even suspect this? Unless you previously saw a bed bug in an electrical outlet when trying to charge your phone, it would be extremely hard for you to even think that bed bugs may live here. Well, they do! If you have outlets near your bed, and there is bed bug infestation, there is a high possibility that you will find some in these outlets.

10. Books
Bed bugs can also hide in books. If you have a drawer in your bedroom where you keep your books, bed bugs can hide in them, especially if you rarely read them. Hardcover books are bed bugs favorite as they can comfortably lay their eggs in them. Bed bugs, however, will only get to books when there is a severe infestation. Nonetheless, be on the watch out.

Nobody in Singapore and other places of the world like bed bugs. That's a fact. But, how many people know where these tiny creatures hide? Very few! Other than beds, there are plenty of places where bed bugs hide as seen above. Remember the earlier you notice that you have bedbugs in your home, the easier it will be for you to get rid of them. Get rid of them before they spread to other unsuspecting places.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Top 9 Best Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

If you notice blisters, itchy spots or red rashes when you wake up in the morning, it might be a sign of bed bugs infestation. The tiny little pests are very hard to notice, particularly during the initial stages of their infestation. Unlike other pests like the cockroaches that come as result of poor hygiene and dirt in the house, bed bugs can infest the most prestigious places. The pests mostly infest the mattress, box springs and bed frames. Getting rid of them is the most difficult thing since they are not easy to detect and they also multiply very fast. But it is important to destroy them as quick as you can before they can infest other areas of the house. But how can you do this by yourself without hiring an exterminator? Here are 9 best natural remedies to get rid of bed bugs:

1. Find the infested areas
This should be the first thing to do if you want to eliminate these pests completely. You need to find out the areas that have been infested and work on them immediately. The mattress and the bed should be the first place to look for, particular if you woke of with sign of bed bug bites. Make sure that the mattress is thoroughly checked to ensure that you are not leaving any traces behind. It is important to note that even leaving a handful of bed bugs can cause another severe infestation within a very short time.

2. Freeze items
Sometimes the pests might have infested small items that not necessary need to be through away. In such cases, you need to come up with measures such as freezing the items. Take the item and put in a freezer and leave them to freeze for not less than two hours. Note that bed bug can withstand harsh condition for a very long time. For instance, they can live up to years without food as long as they are provided with a cool room. But they cannot withstand freezing temperatures. Temperature below -17 degree Celsius is enough to kill them in two hours.

3. Use Hot Steam
The benefit of using hot steam is that both the bed bugs and their eggs will get destroy. But you must ensure that you have found the infestation for this method to be effective. It is indeed one of the most effective homemade methods of getting rid of the bed bugs. Unlike most of the methods, gets rid of a pest that also hiding in the crevices and cracks together with their eggs. But you must also the right temperatures to make sure that the bugs are gone forever. The steam should not go below 60-degrees Celsius.

4. Use a Vacuum Cleaner
A vacuum cleaner will do a great job in getting rid of bed bugs. Though it might not do a lot for the infested bed frames, the vac will work very well on the mattress. A vacuum cleaner sucks up the bed bugs very easily and within a very short time, you will be done. While sucking bugs on the mattress, used a stiff brush to loosen the remaining eggs from the material. This will ensure that you have dealt with these pests once and for all.

5. Hot wash bedding
This is one of the most effective and user-friendly ways of getting rid of bed bugs. All you need to take all the infested cloth and bedding and hot wash them. The lowest temperature that can kill bed bugs is 60 degree. Make sure that the temperatures are right and that you have allows them to burn for a longer time. This will ensure that you have killed at least all the bugs and their eggs. This is probably one of the easiest ways that you can deal bed bugs.

6. Use a Hot Dryer
Bed bugs are very stubborn and they will not die that easily. They will even after putting the cloth through a hot wash, there might also be some bugs that survived. This is where the use of a hot fryer becomes necessary for complete the job. After a hot wash, make sure that you have dried the clothes in a dryer set to a hot setting. This will make sure that the clothings have been sterilized from bed bugs. By doing, you will make sure chances of bed bugs coming back is zero.

7. Encase Pillows and Mattresses
This is a great natural method of preventing these pests from biting during the night. Encasing is putting a tightly woven cover to prevent bugs from entering in the mattress or pillow. It also stops the bed bugs from escaping. Once you have the mattress and the pillow are encased, the bed bugs will be trapped inside. Make sure that the encasement has been kept for at least one year to ensure that they are all dead. This will stop more infestation and also all enable you to control them naturally.

8. Use Tea Tree Oil
You can make natural insecticides with the available plants. Tea tree oil is a natural pesticides that can be used to get rid of these pests. Tea tree is a herbal plant that is known for its insecticidal properties and all you need is to make a spray out of it. Just put twenty drops of the oil in a spray bottle, add water and shake well. It will killing all bugs hiding in cracks, joints, and crevices. Use it daily until there are no signs of the bed bugs or the pests disappeared completely.

9. Lavender Oil Pesticide Spray
This is an excellent natural pesticide spray that will effectively kill bed bugs. The oil also comes with insect-repellent properties and very toxic for insects thus making it very effective. The oils can be combined with peppermint oil for effective killing of the bugs. Lavender oil also destroys the insect eggs and larvae thus making it very effective.

These are the 9 best natural remedies to get rid of bed bugs. Try them and you never have a problem with the bed bugs again. They have been tried and found to work very well.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Bed Bugs: Symptoms and Control

These creepy little pests are usually mistaken for cockroaches. They are about 4 cm long and have flat dark brown bodies. Unfortunately they are much nastier then cockroaches because they feed from human blood which makes their existence near people not only annoying but a health hazard as well.

The adult bugs are very resistant and with time they have already develop immunity to the usual pesticides people use to get rid of them which makes their extermination even harder forcing pest control specialist to be creative in their work. Small, young bugs are brighter in color and not so resistant, but they can survive for couple of months without food, while adults can even survive up to a year.

When it comes to breeding, female bug can have from 300-500 eggs. The eggs are very sticky so she can literally hide them anywhere in your home, and after hatch, the young ones need approximately one month to become fully grown.

As Mother Nature has made possible for these insects to develop intelligence through years of evolution, they are rather smart. During the day they hide in safe places but never too far away from food source, and during the night they come out to eat. This is why it is not that simple to notice that these unwonted guests have moved in so you need to be careful and look for the symptoms of bed bugs.

Here are some symptoms of bed bugs in your home.

1. If you can see bites on your body that get smaller over time.

2. If you are itchy at night that may be a symptom of bed bugs.

3. Sometimes you can see darkened patches on the bed cover which are caused by the bugs excrement.

As much as their traveling from one host to another is very easy because they tend to hitch a ride on peoples clothes and personal possessions, getting them out of your home is a hard and exhausting task. Mainly because they multiply very fast and if you do not exterminate them 100% efficiently, soon they will multiply again and all your work will be in vain. If you are not ready to cope with these insects yourself, it is best to look for help of a professional exterminator.

Bed Bug Control - Signs You Need Help

When it comes to bed bug control, many people don't realize that they need help. Because of their small size, you may not actually see them and explain away any symptoms you experience. Unfortunately, the longer they are overlooked, the more of a problem that they can become. They are difficult to get rid of and sometimes, even throwing away sheets, comforters, or furniture will not solve the problem.

If you are experiencing any type of unexplained bites, it might be time to have a bed bug control company come in and take a look around. As with other insects, you probably won't be able to see them actually do it, but you will experience a red welt where it took a bite. Family members experiencing something this this can cause rashes, other reactions and can make sleeping uncomfortable.

Finding Skins
As with other insects, these creatures molt. You may find an accumulation of these skins somewhere in your home, giving you a clue that it is time to call for bed bug control. Again, because they are small, you are looking for smaller, clear colored skins. They molt often (at least six times) before they become fertile and are able to reproduce.

Cluttered Areas for Hiding
Look around your home for areas of clutter. Just by moving some piles around, you may be able to find some of them out and about. Also, check all around the mattress, under the mattress and in all of the crevices. You may be able to find some of them hiding in hard to reach or hard to find places. Also, check around the baseboards of the room. This is another great place for them to wait until the next time they feed.

Next Step
If you are sure that you need bed bug control, you need to make a phone call as soon as possible. Even if you aren't sure that you have an infestation, it could be worth it just to have someone come out to take a look. Professionals typically know exactly where to look and can confirm that you may need some assistance.

Unfortunately, because they are pretty resilient, they are difficult to get rid of. While there are some ideas for how to handle the situation on your own, most of them are ineffective. These creatures can live for an extended amount of time without coming out of hiding. You may think that they are gone, by in essence, they are just taking a little break and will be back out in no time.

Usually, there are chemicals that need to be used inside of the home. You want to make sure that someone that knows what they are doing handling these types of things. People inexperienced in this area may cause more problems than solutions. Again, even if you suspect that there is a problem, it cannot hurt to have someone come in and take a look. At the very least, it will give you some peace of mind.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Bed Bugs: What You Need to Know About Them

Bed bugs are a menace that leave their victims terrified. Although science has proven that bed bugs do not transmit any diseases, this pest has taken away the joy of many people. A research actually connected a suicide commission to the infestation of bed bugs. Bed bugs have also been linked to depression. So what should you know about bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small
These pests are really small and measure only a quarter inch. They have a flat oval shape and this enables them to fit in small cracks and crevices. They have 6 legs and thankfully, they cannot fly.

Bed bugs can live long without feeding
They can actually live for months without having a blood meal. This means that you can get a place that has been vacated for months with bed bug infestation. Adult bed bugs can live as long as 12 months without a meal

Bed bugs can affect any habitation
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs will not attack a home simply because it is dirty. Bed bugs can live anywhere and are not repelled by cleanliness. All you need is a male and female bed bug to get an infestation in your home.

Bed bugs lay up to 5 eggs in a day
Bed bugs took the expression 'be fruitful and multiply’ too seriously. A female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime. Most of this eggs hatch into bed bugs that live on to lay more eggs. It is quite easy to have a major bed bug infestation few months after they enter into your home.

Bed bugs bite everybody
Nobody is immune to bed bugs but some people do not get allergic reactions to bed bugs. Bed bug bites leave a red, itchy bite on the skin of the affected person. They usually prefer arms or shoulders. If you experience this marks on the skin, do not worry as it is could be another pest like the mosquito. Ensure, however that you investigate and find out the real culprit.

Bed bugs are most active at night
This is one of the reasons that make this pest quite elusive. It usually has very hard to find hiding places and mostly come out when the lights are off. They also have aesthetic in their bites that keep the victim from feeling any pain. Once the victim reacts to allergic reaction by scratching their skin, the bed bugs are usually long gone. It is important to note that bed bugs can come out anytime as they have heat sensors.

Bed bugs can live in a wide range of temperatures
It is erroneous to think that bed bugs cannot live in a cold place. They can withstand a very cold environment and a high temperature of up to 43 degrees Celsius.

Bed bugs can easily be identified
Although they are sneaky, you can easily determine that you have bed bugs. Look for blood stains on your sheets to confirm their presence. They also leave small droppings on your sheets so it should be easy to identify them. They are also quite visible to the naked eye although they move quite fast. They also have a terrible smell once squished so you can squish them to confirm your suspicions.

How to Control and Prevent Bed Bugs

Be quick
Once you notice any signs of bed bugs in your house, you need to be quick to act. If they have not spread too much, it is much easier to control them. It takes around 3 months for a female bed bug to mature and start laying eggs.

Get mattress safe cover
Ensure that you get encasement for your mattress. This will prevent your mattress from being further infested. You should get this covers even if you do not have an infestation as a preventive measure. The casings are usually durable and made of good quality fabric.

Be careful about used items
Bed bugs usually spread quickly through second hand items such as chairs, beds and mattresses. Never bring into your home used furniture. Even if you try to first inspect this items, you may not be thorough and all it takes is 2 bed bugs for an infestations. You should also be careful about used electronics.

Get vacuum sealed bags
These bags are airtight and will ensure that bed bugs do not have access to your clothes. Do this especially if you want to store items such as blankets and sweaters and you are afraid of bed bugs getting into them. You can also do this before you call pest control.

Contact a pest control
You may be tempted to control this pest yourself but it is never a good idea. Do not make the mistake of underestimating bed bugs. Call professionals who are able to handle the tools and products for killing bed bugs. It may cost a little more but getting good uninterrupted sleep is worth it.

Wash and heat dry your bed bugs
Your blankets, bedspreads and bed sheets are all perfect hiding places for bed bugs. Ensure you regularly wash and heat-dry these items to eliminate any bed bugs or their eggs. You should also do this to clothes that touch your bed or floor.

Be careful about the places you visit
This does not mean that you always look over your shoulder always. Simply enjoy yourself where you are but look out for bed bug infestation signs. Even if your friend has bed bug infestation it may be hard to carry them home if you are not having a sleep over. This is because bed bugs spend 90% of their time hiding.

Take precautions when visiting hotels
It is always good to be safe rather than sorry. If you visit an unknown place and you plan to spend some nights in a hotel, ensure that you cover your suitcase in plastic. If during the stay you notice any bed bugs, report to the hotel staff. Wash all your clothes in hot water once your return from the trip. It is wise to intentionally look for beg bugs once you visit a new hotel.

Do not let bed bugs take away your sleep or joy!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Bed Bugs Symptoms And Infestations

Bed bugs symptoms are most important to identify if you're suspicious of having bitten by any of them. These tiny bloodsuckers will make your life disgruntled! The first step in determining if you have them is to identify the insect. For inspecting them, there are always certain symptoms we should look to identify when looking for these parasites. Let us take a few minutes to learn how to identify the common symptoms.

First of all, we need to identify the frequency of the bug bites. If you're bitten just once or randomly few times it is not a concern of bed bugs as it may be any other insect which may have bitten you just in case you were asleep. So you need not worry about the bed bugs at all. But if you are getting bitten all of the time when you sleep, then there is a great chance that you have a bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs are very habitual insects. Once these find a spot to feed, they make it a habit to visit it every night to get their dinner. So the one bug brings the others too for dinner. Now you would be curious to know how the bed bugs sense the humans. Well, they sense the carbon dioxide which we exhale.

We exhale more carbon dioxide during our sleep hence they are attracted at night. These are hence the nocturnal insects which come out at nights.

You wake up in the morning with bites all over your body and you become curious to spot them out, but they may not be visible during the day. In the beginning stages of the infestation, you may not see any symptoms. They usually hide in clefts and dark places such as under the carpet, behind walls, under floors, and other places where you cannot see them. But as the infestation grows, it becomes much easier to see symptoms during the day.

Another symptom of bed bugs is the location of the bites your body. The signs become clear that it's them when you find the bites on your upper half of the body. In some instances, people with a flea infestation may stumble upon mistaking flea bites for bed bugs bites. But you can differentiate Flea bites with that of bed bug bites in that the Flea bites are more likely to occur on your legs, while the bites on your back and arms could be fleas or more commonly the bed bugs.

Various other symptoms which are more characteristic of the bed bug and more pronounced are Presence of large wheels which slowly reduce to a red mark and then gradually fade over a few days. Feeling Itchiness. Reddening of the skin. Persistent Localized swelling. Formation of Blisters around the bites. Wear and tear of tissue around the site of bite In case you find the bite marks but unable to spot out the right insect or if you are not sure about the presence of bed bugs around you, here are some of the ways to help you out. A thorough examination of the surroundings as these bugs hides in clefts and crevices them being nocturnal. If there are any small bloodstains from crushed bugs on the bedding. Sometimes dark spots of the excreta of the bed bug can be found on the mattress hence you can confirm them. Their scent glands secrete sweet, musty, offensive odor which may help in spotting them out.

How Bed Bugs Travel And Invade

How many times in your life have you heard that little phrase? When you were a child, did you wrap yourself up in a cocoon so those little terrors wouldn't get to your precious skin? Did you ever wonder where that seemingly simple saying came from? Well, it's time you had your questions answered. Today is the day you find out how bed bugs get around and infest the things you own.

These bugs don't move around all that often. They only "pack up camp" when food becomes hard to find, or meals are too far in between. However, when they do get ready to go, they do it with surprising effectiveness. They only move around at night when humans are asleep. Also, their small, flexible bodies can fit into small places. They move across pipes and boards quickly.

These insects can make their home in many different kinds of building. They are often found in moving vehicles, furniture rental stores, homeless shelters, and our homes. They're so small that they can hide in almost anything and you wouldn't be much the wiser. They can even make their homes in your clothing without you noticing.

If you're wondering how these bugs get into your house at all, you're in for a long list. The simple fact of the matter is that almost anything you bring past your threshold can be infested with these vermin. Furniture you buy or rent, clothing, stuffed animals and even wooden items such as kitchen tables or brand new doors can hold these creatures. Bed bugs are known to travel over lines and piping so they could even come from your next door neighbor or from a package you accept from a mail truck. Some people get bitten by these bugs and don't even realize it!

Researchers have decided that bed bugs prefer to hide in materials made of wood or fabric. Even so, they seem to be more than willing to expand beyond that if they need to. They can hide in dust, clutter, and shredded paper just as long as they are close to a food supply, usually a bedroom or frequently used living area.

Because they are so fickle when it comes to their nesting grounds, it can be hard to locate and stop these bugs unless they become concentrated. Unlike ants or spiders they are prone to moving around. They like to stay where the food is, and if you switch the room you sleep in, you ultimately switch which room they live in.

Ultimately, bed bugs are a tough bug to crack, so to speak. They're small, smart, and adept at avoiding detection. Hopefully, now that you know how bed bugs get around you'll be better able to beat them at their own game.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

How To Keep Your Landed Property Free From Pest

Singapore enjoys a tropical rainforest climate with lots of rainfall and fairly uniform temperature throughout the year. This makes it incredibly easy for all sorts of pests to thrive in the area, which is why many homeowners need to be constantly vigilant with their property. Whether indoors or outdoors, Singapore pests have been known to multiply in numbers if not given proper attention as soon as they’re noticed.

Kinds of Pests in Landed Property

* Pests are mainly insects – which means that you are not just dealing with one or two but a whole colony. Landed properties – as opposed to those that are in apartments or condominiums – are more prone to pests due to their proximity to the soil. Here are some of the most common pests you’ll see in Singapore land:

* Ants – ants in a landed property are virtually impossible to get rid of. They burrow into the soil and make their colonies deep down. For the most part, these ants do not really pose a threat as long as their colony is not disturbed. For those with children, however, removing the colony is a good idea since ant sting can be incredibly painful when experienced en masse

* Stinging Insects – stinging insects are fairly common in landed property, especially if there are lots of trees, bushes, and flowers nearby. Stinging insects aren’t limited to bees as they may sometimes include the more dangerous wasps

* Fleas and Ticks – for land owners who happen to have dogs or cats, you will find that fleas and ticks become more prominent. This is mainly because fleas and ticks love the ground and lay their eggs on the surface. If your dog plays on the soil and walks back in the house, you’ll find that flea infestation is not far behind

* Mosquitoes – of all the pests you will encounter, this is perhaps the most annoying. Mosquitoes often make their home in plants and hunt for food when necessary. It’s only the female mosquitoes that suck blood but that doesn’t make the male ones any less annoying

Of course, those are just some of the pests you will find in Singapore. There are also rats, termites, flies, centipedes, spiders, and more. While many of those can be seen in apartments, you can be sure that a landed property will prove to be more tempting.

DIY Pest Extermination

It is perfectly possible for YOU to effect the pest extermination yourself, especially when it comes to the smaller insect issues like a small colony of ants. For the most part, this can be solved through quick and natural methods that won’t cost too much on your part. However, there are instances when DIY methods are no longer enough.

When to Hire Pest Control Professionals

Singapore is home to some of the best pest control professionals in the market today. In case you’re no longer sure about undertaking the DIY pest control measures yourself, then bringing them in to finish the job would be the best course of action. Here are some instances when you should skip the DIY application entirely and go straight to the professionals:

* When stinging insects are involved – it does not matter whether they’re bees or wasps, stinging insects must be approached with care. When disturbed, these pest would have no second thoughts attacking and defending their queen. It takes a professional to know exactly how to approach and remove the colony without causing damage to anyone.

* When infestation is massive – if you are dealing with lots of pest infestation which goes all the way to you house, it’s time to call in the professionals. They will be able to do a clean sweep which a DIY solution would not be able to accomplish

* When you’re not sure where it’s coming from – having a hard time finding out where the colony is located? Or perhaps you can’t figure out exactly why all these pests are in your landed property? Either way – professionals have a solid technique on how to solve this problem

* When the pests are located in a dangerous part of the land – such as on top of trees, inside the grates or in the attic. If you are not sure exactly how to approach the colony, then have the professionals do it for you. They often have all the right tools and materials to perform the job without having to break anything unless it’s absolutely necessary.

What Can a Pest Control Professional Do?

A pest control professional would be able to:

* Assess the situation and figure out exactly what pests are present, what kind of damage they are doing to your property and what’s the best way to handle the problem. You’ll find that most professionals perform a clean sweep of the area to fully understand the scope of the problem

* The assessment involves more than just the land but also every nook and cranny that could be harboring pests. The beauty of hiring professionals is that they have access to information you normally don’t.

* Provide the best and most encompassing solution for the pest infestation. This includes fumigation and the destruction and removal of colonies.

* Quickly and efficiently get rid of pests within a reasonable amount of time. The procedure usually takes less than a day, 24 hours at most. Fumigation may require homeowners to leave their home for the night in order to fully immerse the property in the gas.

* Pest control providers also offer preventive measures to ensure that the same thing won’t happen again. They can give you tips, techniques, and products that will keep your land pest-free

* Most importantly, pest control professionals can do all these without doing damage to your property. They’re trained to handle the pests and only the pests – thereby leaving your land and home still in good shape

Pests are a danger not only to your health but also to the status of your property. If you have plants or fruit bearing trees, you can be sure that ants will get to them before you do. Mosquitoes are carrier of diseases while termites can cause the collapse of homes. Simply put, they’re not something you should ignore or leave to change. It’s crucial to act on them now and protect your property from invasion!