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Ancient Termites: Forefathers of farming 25 million years ago

Agriculture exist 25 million years ago but it was not practiced by humans. In fact, humans did not even exist 25 million years ago, but who is responsible for the agriculture if there were no humans back then?

The answer is termites. Scientist have sufficient evidence to back this claim, according to evidence, micro scale farming was carried out by termites when Homo sapiens did not even exist.  These ancient farmers who are the pioneers of agriculture produced fungus.

Termite workers tending fungus in their garden.

Termite workers tending fungus in their garden.

Based on a research team, led by Eric Roberts from James Cook University and researchers from Ohio, they have found some of the hoariest samples of “fungus gardens” in a 25 million year old termite nest fossil in exposed cliff sides in the Rukwa Rift Basin of southwestern Tanzania.

Based on a journal published by PLOS ONE, some species of termites develop fungi in “gardens” in their underground compartments or nest to help them transform plant substances into termite food that is easier to digest. Scientist also found out that termites have an “obligate symbiotic relationship” with the fungus. This indicates that both termites and fungus cannot exist without one another. Thus, this is further confirmed when DNA from modern day termites showed that termites have started fungus farming approximately 25 to 30 years ago while the fossil in southwestern Tanzania also serves as evidence to double confirm the date and granted researchers better understanding of the symbiotic relationship between termites and fungi.

The relationship between termites and fungus is also expected to be one of the factor that influenced how nutrients were concentrated across the landscape, manipulating the evolution of Africa’s animal and plant life.

In conclusions this is a groundbreaking finding because it helps us to understand more on evolutionary biology and environmental changes throughout the multi-million year time frame which scientist believe the earth has existed.

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The wrath of Zika Virus: Invasion of Florida

Zika virus has started its dreadful charge and it has arrived in Florida, a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It has strike fear on the local population and tourists.

The current risk level is being updated to “moderate” by Public health England due to 4 people in the state have contracted Zika virus although the victims did not been to Zika hotspot or having unprotected sex with any infected partners. Tourist in Florida were also advised to refrain from unprotected sex while having their vacation.

Pregnant women were recommended to delay all unnecessary flights to Florida, following the epidemic of the virus. Thus, people returning from Zika- affected areas should aware or symptoms such as rashes, itching, joint pain and headaches because those are some of the symptoms of the virus. In fact, 80% percent of people who are infected never suffered any symptoms but infection in pregnant woman can cause miscarriage and microcephaly also known as abnormal smallness of head in infants.

Prevention is better than cure! Call us now at 1800 88 1777 to find out more about our Mosquito killing methods! Kill it before it attacks you!

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MISSION TRIP TO BORNEO: JUNGLE WARFARE WITH PEST

Have you ever thought that there were pests (I mean pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes, rats, ants, etc, etc) roaming in the homes of those residing in the uttermost remote villages of Borneo? Or perhaps your thoughts could have swung to the other pendulum and said: “Having pests residing in such places shouldn’t be a great surprise – after all one could easily conclude the sanitation there ….”

Having said it all, do you know that RIDPEST is involved in social responsibilities because they believe their responsibilities goes beyond just making profit to include protecting and improving society’s welfare? Besides, Stephen Liu, the CEO of Ridpest having a concerned spirit for the people of the land, has embarked on a tracking journey to the interior part of Sarawak to providing proper training to the residence there in controlling pests. Before going there, he has extended this social concern to reputable companies like Imaspro, Compesti and Sumitomo for providing the safety equipment, sprayer and chemical for this project. The primary objective is to combat cockroaches and rodents which were aplenty in all the homes. These pests have become not only a ‘nuisance’ and are a ‘threat’ to the health of the people at large.

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Map of central Borneo

The journey to the destined place was indeed very challenging –  having to follow the contours and thick undergrowth of the jungle area. Nonetheless, it is worth it all as you may want to know how thankful they were to have their pests under control.

Providing training to the locals on how to spray the insecticides to control the pest problem

Providing training to the locals on how to spray the insecticides to control the pest problem.

Two banners showing Ridpest joining hands with Compesti and Imaspro for eradicating pests to the community at large

Two banners showing Ridpest joining hands with Compesti, Imaspro & Sumitomo for eradicating pests to the community at large.

Second close up on the joint sponsorship with Ridpest, Compesti and Sumitomo for rats and cockroaches control to remove rodents.

The whole kitchen's cupboard was badly infested with cockroaches. They must be eradicated to give the locals a better living condition.

Snap shot of the tremendous heavy infestation of cockroaches at the kitchen area.

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One of ours spraying pest control chemicals

One of ours spraying pest control chemicals

Having a wonderful dinner session with the locals, it is truly great to experience the local cuisine and culture.

Had a wonderful dinner session with the locals, it is truly great to experience the local cuisine and culture.

It is awesome that the overall experience of this mission was superb. Helping the society is always a noble thing to do. Through our experience in Borneo, we realized that the biggest reward from helping the society is when the people we helped said thank you because they are living in a better condition and we can see the happiness on their faces. We are also happy that our pest control’s effectiveness that backed the success of this mission.

For more pest sharing information, please visit our blog caring.ridpest.com & www.ridpest.com

In view of special offer for the month of August, we would like to give a further discount of RM100 for General pest control services (Ants, Cockroaches & Rats).

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Zika Invades Indonesia!

There’s a new warning tonight for tourists heading to Bali, with the dreadful Zika virus has invaded Indonesia from its birthplace, Brazil by spreading its threats among the population. It is extremely disturbing that officials have warned that there are people who are currently infected in that tourist island. Department of Foreign Affairs also updated its travel alert urging caution.

Zika virus is a threat that cannot be treated light because victims do suffer from serious outcomes such as birth defects. So, the Department of Foreign Affairs issued warnings to pregnant woman not to take risk by visiting Bali

Lastly, a new travel advisory also warned that Indonesia is experiencing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne virus. Thus, pregnant women should discuss any travel plans with their travel doctor and consider postponing travel to Indonesia.

Video courtesy- 9 News

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Infants and Zika: Uncertain future, Prevention is the answer!

From CNN

The urban coastal city of Recife is the “ground zero” of the terrifying Zika Virus which is mosquito-borne; months on, many babies suffered from dreadful symptoms and burdens due to the Zika virus.

Development problems

Many test have to be done due to the world’s latest pandemic. There are various development problems and the discoveries of the problems are painful especially to parents that heartbreaking.

Development problems can consist of

  • Hearing problems
  • Speaking problem
  • Vision problem
  • Deformities

Affected victims will need regular physical therapy sessions and requires vast amount of medical expenses.

Painful prejudice

Disabilities is not the only thing victims and their families need to deal with. Thus, painful prejudice do happen because they fear that society will shun them, just because they look different. It is also important that the society should not show prejudice and also fight against it.

Hope for the future

It is understandable when parents have to struggle when their baby was born differently due to the Zika virus. There is also no guarantee that therapy will contribute significant improvement in the victim’s development.

Therefore, it is very hard to say how long the victims can live and prosper. But there is always hope for the better future as long there is a strong will to move on.

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Dengue Kills-Stay protected from Zika & Dengue for FREE* worth more than RM600

Are you aware of zika and dengue outbreaks? Ridpest is giving FREE (1 time treatment) if you are a pregnant mother or dengue patient. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites with Ridmozzie Outdoor and Indoor. It is a proven effective and NON TOXIC solution to control Aedes genus that carries ZIKA and the deadly DENGUE virus.

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Benefits of Ridmozzie Outdoor

  • Less harmful chemical used, Safe to humans, flora and fauna
  • Reduce usage of Insecticide, uses PlantZom Technology a plant based organic formulation
  • Long-lasting protections (up to 28 days)
  • Indoor treatment using a very ecofriendly repellant.
  • Save time and sustainable costs
  • Non-invasive / no extra space needed
  • It’s proven (significant reduction in mosquitoes of 70% to 85%)
  • Dengue Free 100% Moneyback Guarantee**

Benefits of Ridmozzie Indoor 2 in 1 

  • Repels Aedes that carries Dengue and Zika virus
  • Disinfect your home from air-borne bacteria.

How to qualify for free 1 time treatment outdoor & indoor (worth more than RM600)

  1. You need to proof that you are a pregnant mother by submit your appointment card to upload here.
  2. If you are dengue patient by submit your medical report to upload here.

* First 100 qualified pregnant woman Or dengue patients’ home will be treated with Ridmozzie Outdoor of PlantZom spraying and maximum 5 units of Ridmozzie Indoor treatment.

Buy ridmozzie from our Online SHOP and enjoy more special discounts!

 

For further inquiries, please contact us at 1-800-88-1777. Want to know more about RidMozzie? Click here.

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Ridpest’s social responsibility to beautiful gate kepong centre

Beautiful Gate Kepong Centre was established in 1996. It is a home where they provide services to disabled people who suffer from spinal injuries. Such services include providing physiotherapy treatment and rehab training to the disabled, enabling them to regain self-confidence and image to building back their life again. This Centre has been very successful helping the disabled to move around in motorcycles, doing their own marketing, cooking and enjoy other necessities in life.

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Hostel of Beautiful Gate

The above figure is a picture of the Beautiful Gate Hostel where it houses 20 boys and 18 girls. Late December last year, this Centre encountered bed bug problem. Ridpest seized this opportunity to help eliminate this pest as part of their social corporate responsibility because they believe their responsibilities goes beyond just making profit to include protecting and improving society’s welfare.

Bedbug (Cimex sp.) is a tiny creature yet can be a great nuisance to mankind. They strive on human blood. They are reddish brown in color and emit a distinctive ‘bug’ odor.  You may be surprised that the female bedbug may lay up to 350 to 500 eggs in their lifetime and the adult bedbugs are known to live to 3 to 6 months.

After mating, female bedbug lay white eggs into cracks and crevices and later the eggs will hatch into nymph. The nymphs will undergo five nymphal stages before becoming an adult. Each stage require blood meal before molting into the next life cycle stages. The five nymphal stages are completed in 5 weeks.

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Figure 2
Life Cycle of Bedbug
Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/bedbugs/biology.html

Bedbug also can withstand starvation up to 1 year. It is dispersed by crawling from one room to another and they travel short distance spreading through clothes, second-hand beddings and furniture.

The shape of the bedbug is ovate in outline, flattened and measuring about 5mm in length and 3 mm in width giving them easy excess to hide and stay in crack and crevices.

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Figure 3
Live Bedbug found in cracks and crevices of a table

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Figure 4
Live Bedbug found on the side of a mattress

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Figure 5
Bites by Bedbugs

As mentioned above that bedbug love to hide in cracks and crevices, Ridpest chooses to provide Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) treatment to kill the bedbugs besides the normal spraying. The Ultra-Low volume treatment is a light fumigation for internal areas and it emits tiny droplets of pesticide into the open areas to eliminate the pest.

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                 Figure 6                                                        Figure 7
Ultra-Low Volume treatment done    Thorough check for bedbugs on mattress

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Figure 8
Bedbugs favorite hiding places

As of to date, we have received report from the Centre that they are now free from bedbugs. However, Ridpest will continue to monitor and provide further treatment when needed.

Protect yourself from Zika & Dengue for FREE*

If you are looking for effective and NON TOXIC solution to get rid of Aedes Genus that carries ZIKA and deadly DENGUE virus, Ridmozzie Outdoor and Indoor is the answer. Find out how you can test it for free for 1 time treatment if you are a pregnant mother.

Benefits of Ridmozzie Outdoor

  • Less harmful chemical used, Safe to humans, flora and fauna
  • Reduce usage of Insecticide, uses PlantZom Technology a plant based organic formulation
  • Long-lasting protections (up to 28 days)
  • Indoor treatment using a very ecofriendly repellant.
  • Save time and sustainable costs
  • Non-invasive / no extra space needed
  • It’s proven (significant reduction in mosquitoes of 70% to 85%)
  • Dengue free guarantee*

Benefits of Ridmozzie Indoor 2 in 1 

  • Repels Aedes that carries Dengue and Zika virus
  • Disinfect your home from air-borne bacteria.

If you are fully convinced as we are, you can choose to signup the packages below:

Package A

  • Buy 1 year Ridmozzie Outdoor/Indoor and get next year for 50%.

You save RM800 to RM8600

Package B

  • Buy 2 years Ridmozzie Outdoor/Indoor and get 1 year for free.

You save RM1600 to RM17200

For package A or B please buy from our Online SHOP and enjoy more special discounts!

How to qualify for free 1 time treatment outdoor & indoor (worth RM508 to RM1208)

  1. You need to proof that you are a pregnant mother by submit your appointment card to upload here.
  2. If you are dengue patient by submit your medical report to upload here.

Free treatment is based on first 100 qualified pregnant mothers or dengue patient, so act now and enjoy this free benefits.*

* First 100 qualified pregnant woman Or dengue patients’ home will be treated with Ridmozzie Outdoor of PlantZom spraying and maximum 5 units of Ridmozzie Indoor treatment.

For further inquiries, please contact us at 1-800-88-1777. Want to know more about RidMozzie? Click here.

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RIDPEST TERMITE BAITING SYSTEM – PROMOTION EXTENDED!

Good News again!! Due to overwhelming response, we have decided to EXTEND our “RIDPEST TERMITE BAITING SYSTEM- Buy 1 Year FREE 1 Year” promotion from 1/3/16 to  31/5/16.

Prevent your beautiful home from termites that cause millions of  Ringgit in structural damages. Now is the best time to use our “Ridpest Termite Baiting System (RTBS)” to protect structures from subterranean termites because it eliminates the whole colony, while being non-disruptive to property owners.

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Ridpest Termite Baiting System is highly effective in solving termite infestation problem compared to conventional liquid insecticide spraying and soil treatment. Conventional liquid insecticide often kills certain quantity of termites but hardly kill the termite queen and king which keep reproducing every day.

Ridpest is so confident of its Termite Baiting System that it comes with a 200% risk-free money back guarantee. If the Termite Baiting System does not work within the first 120 days after the 1st reported feeding by Ridpest, you will get:

Total Refund

  • You will get back every cent you have invested.

Choice of Termite Treatment

  • Ridpest will pay you up to the amount you have invested to get another pest control company of your choice to termite treat your house OR you can continue to use our service to treat your termite problem.

So buy 1 Year and get a FREE 1 year extended protection! Grab this opportunity, don’t miss out! Special Promotion Price  RM2,380. Buy online  and get another RM100 off and get a FREE smoke detector worth RM75.

Offer starts now to 31/5/16.

For further inquiries, please contact us at 1-800-88-1777

Terms & Conditions

  1. Valid from now until 31/5/16.
  2. Available in Klang Valley and Johor Bahru.
  3. For houses, shop lots and condominiums below 2,000 square feet.

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Want to know more about our Termite Baiting System? Click here.