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How to keep pests away

Friday, November 10, 2017
By Property Team

Pests are not only one of the scariest things in the world, but certain pests can actually damage your house. Here are some ways to deal with the problem

Increased urbanisation and busy lifestyles lead to unhygienic conditions, as our cities become more crowded. The incidences of pests and pest-related diseases are bound to increase. In such an environment, pest control is not a luxury but a necessity. Just because you don’t see creepy crawlies in your house doesn’t mean they’re not there. The old saying says that “you are never more than 10 feet away from a spider”. So, what should you do if you see signs of infestation?

Since it’s not possible to pest proof your home totally (as they are a part of nature, and will always come back), the trick lies in ‘intelligently managing’ the pest problem. And is something best handled by a pest control service. Not only will a Pest Management service take care of your immediate problem, it will also (through periodic checks and treatment) keep the problem continuously at bay.

Pest management a must
Pest Management involves identification of the type of the pest, its harborages and then, treatment at the source – thus leading to a long-term solution. Not all pest problems are serious or need professional help.

You need professional pest management if you have powder falling from your wooden furniture – that sounds like a serious woodborer attack. If  you see mud tubes on the wall – it means that millions of termites are at work 24 X 7. Your building already has termite problems in other flats – it means your home is vulnerable too. Termites are a whole other can of worms. Besides damaging wooden furniture and additions (decks, railings) termites can put the structural integrity of your house at risk.

You’re buying a new flat – always check if pre-construction termite treatment has been done by the builder. Unfortunately awareness about pre-construction is low and hence industry is not as professional as it should be. As always, prevention is better than cure and hence it is essential to give your building a pre-construction termite protection from a reputed service provider. Nowadays, pest control companies also offer pre-construction treatment which is done while the building foundation is being laid. Pre-construction anti-termite treatment consists of creating an invisible chemical barrier between the structure and soil. The termites can’t breach this barrier and enter the structure.  

Effective treatment
There are two types of pre-construction protection.  One is the classical way of spraying chemicals at construction stage. The new innovative way is to set up a system of reticulated piping system. These are called reticulation systems and are installed by the pest control company during the building’s construction. Once installed, this system uses a network of pipes to deliver termiticide to all points of the building. Reticulation systems are the most effective and efficient way of delivering termiticide repeatedly over long periods of time to various parts of a building.

There are thousands of types of pests, and you may be subject to dozens of them depending on the area, weather and season you’re in. We will cover the basic types, but in case of an infestation, you should always contact a pest control service provider. Each pest is different, so you need a qualified pest control service to help you remove and eradicate infestations.

Basic types of pests and their harbourage

  • Bedbugs are a nightmare for homeowners. They are dreadful as they can survive in all weather, and can spread like wildfire if the conditions are right.
     
  • Flies and mosquitoes are the two most common winged pests you can come across. Flies thrive in places where sanitary conditions are poor.
     
  • Termites love dark, moist areas in or around your house’s foundation.
     
  • Ants are definitely unpleasant to deal with. The problem with ants is that they form underground colonies.
     
  • Like other most pests cockroaches thrive in dark, moist places, and eat virtually anything they find.

So,if you are not able to sleep in night and you are getting bitten – you may be having pest  problem which is spreading widely. Its indication that you need to take pest problem seriously and keep your home away from the encroachment of harmful pest in a much more convenient and hygienic manner.

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