When we mention ‘pest’, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind? Maybe cockroaches, ants, and mosquitoes? The truth is, there are so many types of pests that can potentially infest a home. All of these pests are small creatures, but they can inflict massive damage to property and people’s health if they are allowed to proliferate.
Here is an overview of some of the most common pests in Singapore homes:
Ants are very common pests, and they are voracious eaters of sweet foods, greasy foods, and decaying matter. They live in colonies in hidden spaces such as underground, behind the walls or under the floors. Thus, whenever you see one or a few ants in your home, it is usually a sign that there is a whole nest hiding somewhere nearby. Ants typically enter the home through small cracks and crevices, and most prefer to reside in moist and humid spaces.
Bed bugs are responsible for causing sleepless nights through their itchy bites. As the name suggests, they are most often found on beds. However, they also love hiding in other textile-based items like clothes, sofas, and carpets. Their source of food is mainly human blood. Although bedbugs don’t usually spread any harmful diseases, their bites alone are enough to label them as pests. Often, they enter the home through infested items that people bring home, such as secondhand items, luggage, and so on.
Cockroaches are one of the most detested pests, and for good reasons. Almost every kind of food can be an attraction to cockroaches, so you need to be extra careful of leftover and uncovered foods. Although cockroaches are not known to bite, they can be a carrier for harmful contaminants as they scuttle around the home. Cockroaches are also expert hiders, preferring dark, warm and moist places, and typically only come out at night to scour for food.
Flies can refer numerous types of flying insects. The most common ones in the home are the housefly, fruit fly, sewer fly, and flesh flies. For these four flies, their names already suggest where they will commonly be found. The problem with flies is that they move swiftly in the air and are difficult to catch. Furthermore, they can spread contaminants readily from dirty surfaces to human food. Hence, flies are detrimental to health and are near the top of the list of pests in Singapore.
Most people will be familiar with the itchy bites from mosquitoes. Aside from the itch, some species of mosquitoes are also known for spreading viruses. For example, the Aedes mosquito can spread dengue fever and chikungunya from an infected person to a healthy person. Only female mosquitoes feed on human blood, while male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar. Mosquitoes infest homes by breeding in stagnant water bodies.
Rats and mice are formidable pests due to their ability to gnaw through many things. Attracted by food, they can cause massive destruction through their bites, as they have been found to bite through electrical wires, furniture, clothes, and more. To make matters worse, they are also transmitters of multiple diseases like bacterial infections. These elusive creatures are notoriously difficult to capture and eliminate.
Termites are wood-consuming insects that look like white ants. Generally, they reside in the wood itself or underground. There are various species of termites, some of which are fonder of moist, decaying wood, while others feed on dry wood. As expected, termites are generally unwelcomed because of the damage they cause to furniture and wooden items.
Now that you know a little about the common pests in Singapore, it might be time to check your house for any of them. Although they are all called pests for a reason, you shouldn’t fear if you see signs of an infestation in your home. With the right steps, most infestations can be eliminated. If you ever need help with pest extermination, don’t hesitate to contact your local pest control team for professional solutions. The expert exterminators are sure to be well-versed in termite control, bed bug control, cockroach removal, ants extermination, and more.