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Homeowner guide to checking for pests 

The potential cost of pest damage

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If you are living in a tropical country like Singapore, you will realise that the surrounding environment is often humid and warm. Pest issues are also more common than you think, and it is a never ending battle that home owners would experience. 

There are 2 ways to approach this. One can either hire a pest control sg professional to help them with their pest issues, or seek to solve the pest issues on their own through DIY means. 

All in all, it is also important that one maintains a certain level of cleanliness in their homes to avoid pest reinfestation. Today we will discuss the basic guides for home owners on how they can look out for the signs of pest infestations and the various solutions out there. 

Signs of pest infestation

First, you would need to look out for the signs of pest infestations. There are different tell-tale signs of a pest infestation and it really depends on the type of pest that is lurking in your home. Here we will provide generic guidelines and principles to address pest infestation in general. 

(1) Constant Sightings of Pest

The clearest sign of pest infestation is the sighting of pest itself. Seeing a trail of ants is one example. Other pests such as bed bugs might be hard to detect. Bed bugs are one of the many pests that would breed quickly, and thus if you are able to detect just one bed bug, you should start taking measures. 

(2) Nesting

This is especially applicable for rats. Rats are one type of pest that would go into hiding and build their own nesting. Termites and ants would also have their own nesting. Getting rid of pests on sight would not eradicate the pests, simply because it does not address the root of the problem: the nesting and pest production. 

(3) Physical Damage To Home Structure

If you see holes, scratch marks, etc. on your furniture, then that would be one clear sign of a pest damage. Rats love to chew on wiring, and even wood. Termites is one pest that would cause great structural damage to your furniture. 

(4) Pest Droppings

Pests would definitely excrete, and more often than not, would leave droppings around the home. 

Home Inspection Checklist

Now you know the clear signs of pest infestation, it is time that you go through a standard checklist. Here we provide the top places to look for, if you suspect a pest infestation is happening in your home.

(1) Look Out For Leakages

Poor plumbing systems would leak to water leakages, which would be a water source for many types of pests. Moisture can also attract certain kinds of pests,

(2) Poorly Ventilated Areas 

Areas where mould and mildew growth are encouraged, this would attract pests such as: booklice. 

(3) Cracks, Holes, Entry Points

Cracks and holes can serve as shelter areas for pests. Rats would love to build their nesting in your cracks. 

(4) Trash

Clear your trash! Always clear your trash. Trash would encourage pests such as cockroaches to lurk and gather. Having a high standard of cleanliness would ensure that pest reoccurrence does not happen.

How to protect your home from pest

√ Clear your trash

√ Maintain a high level of cleanliness in your home

√ Store your food properly
√ Avoid recycling or using second hand furniture that might transport pests into your home

√ Set up traps and baits for common pests that might gather in your home

The benefits of engaging a pest control company

All in all, DIY methods do work, and prevention is better cure. However, at times, killing a pest on sight may not solve the root of the problem. A pest control not only can help to kill the pest that you see, but address an unseen nesting or bring out a pest that is in hiding. A professional can also do an audit of your place and advise how to avoid pest infestation in the future.

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