How to Prevent Rodents from Coming Into Your House

As the Coronavirus infected more people day by day, one person from southwestern Yunnan province passed away after contracting the Hantavirus. In 1993, the virus was first reported in the U.S and is transmitted to humans by rodents such as mice and rats. However, it does not easily pass between humans and only be caught through contact with the bodily fluids and excrements (urine,feces,saliva) of the rodents that sometimes can cause potentially fatal disease in humans. Until now, there is no WHO-approved Hantavirus vaccine available, therefore preventive measures must be taken in order to reduce your risk of contracting this virus.

Rats and mice are rodents that give rise to the most common and serious pest problems in Malaysia. This is due to the poor public sanitation and the abundance of their primary diet which mainly consists of disposed of food found in the trash of homes, restaurants, shopping centers and even hospitals.

Norwegian Rat

There are 2 types of control methods to prevent rodents from coming into your house.

Physical Control 

  • All holes and cracks on the walls and ceilings should be sealed up to prevent the entry of rats.
  • Door gaps and windows should be closed by using door-seals or door-sweeps.
  • All air ventilation systems in the bathroom and kitchen should be covered with mesh screens that make it inaccessible for any rats or mice.

Chemical Control

  • Eliminating rats and rodents can be done by using rodenticide which acts as baits.
  • The baits should be kept in a small holed container to prevent children or pets from accessing them.
  • Outdoor baits must be placed inside a plastic wrap to prevent them fromrain and shine.

This is RIDPEST’s Approach to Prevent Rodents from Coming Into Your House

Physical Barrier

Accessible holes are sealed or covered using wire mesh. Door gaps are sealed with door seals.

Door Gap Sealed with Door Seal 

Accessible Holes Covered with Wire Mesh   

 

Mechanical Traps

RIDPEST uses several mechanical equipment to control rats and mice such as rat glue board and cage traps

Rat Glue Board
Rat Trapped on Glue Board

 

Chemical Control

Indoor Control

RIDPEST uses toxicant rat baits that contain anti-coagulants which triggers the blood to clot and blocks the effectiveness of vitamin K, preventing blood clotting.  Usually, the rodents upon consuming the bait will die within 4 – 10 days from internal bleeding.

Rat baits installed Indoor

For indoor areas, 3 blocks of rat baits will be placed. The baits are properly placed (under or behind furniture or inside a cupboard) out of sight from infants or pets.

Outdoor Control

For outdoor control, a rat baiting system is known as Tempered Rat Bait Station (TRBS) will be used. The station is made of PVC that comes with a secure lock. The station comprises of ‘first line defense’, ‘second line defense’ and ‘third line defense’ placed along the perimeter of the premises.

Cylindrical TRBS with Lock

First line defense is a system where the cylindrical TRBS are put along the fencing areas around the premises.

 Square TRBS

Second line defense comes in the form of square TRBS placed against the outer wall edge around the premises.

Third line defense also comes in the form of square TRBS placed around the inner wall edge of the premises.

At least 3 blocks of rat baits will be placed inside the stations. The baits are monitored and will be replaced regularly. The number of baits consumed and the presence of rodent feces; if any, will be recorded. The recorded data will give information on the heaviness of the infestation.

Here are 10 signs to tell your house having bedbugs

For some people, the thought of bedbugs will cause itchiness on their bodies. Bedbugs don’t carry any disease but they feed on human blood and can be stressful to live in.

Bedbugs are very tiny, flat, oval insects that are very skilled at ‘hide-and-seek’ in household furniture.  The adult bedbug only can grow up to 7 mm (approximately the size of an apple seed). This is why bedbugs can live pretty much anywhere.

Ten signs of bedbug infection that you should never ignore:

  1. Itchy red spots when you wake up

The most detectable sign of a bedbug problem may be found on your skin. The bites are typically small and red, and can be very itchy. The bite may also become inflamed. However, not all people react to bedbug bites which causes red spots on their bodies.

The neck that has been bitten by bedbugs

 

  1. Noticeable a single file line across upon skin

Bedbug’s bites generally form a line and has a distinctive bite pattern on your skin. You might be able to differentiate from the bites caused by fleas. The flea bites can be identified by a dot with a dark red center and are usually scattered around the body parts.

Bedbug generally form a line

The bites caused by fleas

 

  1. Bedbugs don’t like long commutes

Bedbugs crawl over you each time they feed as they are unable to fly or jump. They’re in danger whenever they expose themselves, which they usually do only when they’re hungry. This is why bedbug infestation living within 5 feet or the places you spend most of your time.

Bedbug’s infestation

 

  1. Obvious blood stains on your bedsheets

Waking up with bloodstains on your bed linen, pajamas or your skin may signal the presence of bedbug’s feeding. Sometimes the accidental squashing of bedbugs during your sleep will result in obvious bloodstains.

You might’ve killed bed bugs in your sleep

 

  1. Dark, rusty-colored spots on your mattress

If you notice dark and rusty-colored spots on your mattress it may signal bedbugs’ infestation. Bedbugs frequently leave fecal stains on bedding whenever they congregate in large numbers and you can be sure to have an unpleasant odor.

Dark spots on the mattress and you may see bedbugs, too

 

  1. Dark spots on your walls

Though it might sound odd, bedbugs can hide under wallpaper and leave fecal stains on walls or under the wallpaper.

Fecal stains on the wall next to an electrical outlet

 

7. You can find a collection of bedbug’s shells

The eggshells of bedbug are white, husks-like specks. When they grow, it shed their skin. Though you might find these shells in your mattress it’s also possible to uncover them between your sofa cushions or under the furniture.

Bedbugs’ shells

 

  1. Do bedbugs fly?

No. Bedbugs can’t fly or jump either.

The maximum distance bed bugs can travel is 100 feet per night but they typically do not roam further than 20 feet, which is great news for us because we can control the spread of the infestation.

Bedbugs only can crawl everywhere they go

 

  1. Can be carriers

You might not realize that bed bugs can spread from person to person. If you visit a neighbor’s home or a hotel room that is infested with the bedbugs, you could carry them back with you to your home.

Suitcase infected by bedbugs

 

  1. Infestation from second-hand furniture or used mattress

One of the most common ways bed bugs are introduced to a home is through used and discarded furniture.

 

Check used furniture before bringing it into your home

 

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WHY PEST CONTROL IS NOT A ‘DIY’ JOB

The presence of pests at home is always a nuisance and the first thing that comes to your mind is probably to eliminate pests with “DIY” ideas.  Nevertheless, there are some factors pest management professional control service understands that you may not give thought to. Pest control is a job for the experts because:

Safety risks – Pesticides often contains dangerous chemicals and without proper pest removal training by chance can harm or poison pets and people. Removing pests irresponsibly may get hurt. For example, you can be stung by bees and raccoons carry disease like rabies. Ridpest has both the training and equipment to remove these pests and keep everyone safe.

Environmental Damage – Pollution and toxicity of water sources due to pesticides can contribute damage to nearby plants or animals. Ridpest knows how to tackle the problem pests and apply the chemicals properly.

Lack of training – Each kind of pests’ problem requires its own method of removal and an inexperienced person doesn’t know the method to use insecticides or traps safely. Ridpest has the knowledge and skills to rid of the pests without causing any harm and damage to the surroundings.

Applied Cockroach Gel at the infected area

Lack of understanding – A novice usually identify the pest problem based on what they see (e.g. present of termites in their house) and try treating the problem with their own remedies without treating the cause which will allow the pests to return. Ridpest knows how to identify the source of a problem and solve it from the root.

Lack of guarantees – DIY solutions are not long-term solutions. Ridpest will help you deal with your pest problems in just one phone call away. Our experts will guide you and give recommendations regarding a course of action that is needed to be taken and carry it out the process safely.

Waste of money and time – The result of DIY solution might not be as effective as you probably wished for. Carrying on these efforts is a substantial waste of money and time. Ridpest provides the ultimate solution at a reasonable and agreed-upon price.

Residual Spraying Treatment

Eliminating pests with “DIY” solutions is always a risky move, be it with the chemicals waste or the pests themselves. Leave the risks to Ridpest and free yourself from the unnecessary burden and worry.

Call Ridpest now at freephone 1 800 881 777 for your professional pest treatment.

 

RIDPEST’S SOCIAL CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY AT SOLS 24/7

The Science of Life Studies 24/7 (SOLS 24/7) was founded in 2000 by Teacher Raj Ridvan Singh. Through various education and social empowerment programs, SOLS 24/7 works unconditionally towards transforming underserved communities to develop their true potential and break the cycle of poverty. Using revolutionary and custom-designed models – Science of Languages, Science of Technology and Science of Life – their organization provides free education and social empowerment programs to underserved communities in Malaysia.

Hostel of SOLS 24/7

In late November 2019, the SOLS 24/7 encountered bedbug problem at the boys’, girls’ and teachers’ dormitories. 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.

Below are some pictures of the situation encountered by SOLS 24/7

  

Bedbugs found on the sides mattress 

  

Eggs of bedbugs found on the side of board panel and mattress

  

Bedbugs found on the board panel and plug socket

  

Dead bedbugs found at plug socket after treatment done

  

Ultra – low volume and residual spraying done

                  

Mr. Saiful and Mr. Hilal entomologist from BASF

Mr. Saiful and Mr. Hilal entomologist from BASF, were also on the site to help along in making inspections on the bedbugs. We also used a new formulation named Seclira SG in this procedure to get rid of the bedbugs’ infestation which is non-staining, odorless and harmless but controls a broad spectrum of pests including ants, cockroaches, wasps, bedbugs, mosquitoes, and other crawling insects.

As of to date, the teacher’s dormitories were free from bedbugs infestation and the infestations at the boys’ and girls’ dormitories were reduced. Thus, helping SOLS 24/7 were indeed rewarding as the quality of life of the students and teacher were improved tremendously especially knowing well enough they now have a good slumber and living in a pest-free environment.

3 Deaths reported, 15 Epidemic areas declared due to Increasing Dengue at Negeri Sembilan

Source : The Star

SEREMBAN: Dengue cases in Negri Sembilan increased by 200% in the first two months of this year compared with the same period last year, with three deaths reported.

State health, environment, cooperatives and consumerism committee chairman S. Veerapan said the number of cases increased from 176 to 528 with some 80% reported in the Seremban district alone.

“The three victims were adults who also had other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and heart-related ailments.

“There is certainly a cause for concern as there were no deaths reported in the first two months of last year,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 28).

Veerapan said that there were 15 localities in Seremban that had been declared as epidemic areas.

He said Aedes breeding grounds had been discovered in illegal dumps, clogged drains, vacant properties, idle and abandoned plots and children’s playgrounds.

“We need everyone’s cooperation to destroy these breeding grounds which may be within or outside your homes if we wish to bring down the number of cases,” he said.

He said several agencies such as the district health offices, local councils, police, Fire and Rescue Department, SW Corporation, Information Department, Education Department and Syarikat Air Negri Sembilan had taken steps to destroy potential Aedes breeding grounds.

“It is my hope that house owners would make it a point to clean their surroundings every week and spray aerosol in their homes to kill adult mosquitoes,” he said.

Veerapan said the public should also take preventive steps when doing outdoor activities from 5pm to 7pm and from 5am to 7am as this was when the Aedes mosquitoes were most active.

 

Malaysian Taking Bus Ride to Singapore along with Bed Bugs!

Source : World of Buzz

The yearly journey back to our hometowns for CNY may not always be the easiest, but this poor lady had it much harder than most! A Malaysian girl was afflicted with a painful outbreak of rashes and blisters after taking the bus to Singapore from her hometown of Taiping, on February 6. Upon diagnosis, bed bugs were found to be the cause, which were most likely hiding within the seats.

According to a post uploaded by her brother, the incident had occurred while the female passenger was sitting in the seats numbered 14 and 15 (middle row), on a Starmart bus with the car plate AKX15. He advised everyone to be aware for the sake of their health, and shared pictures of the bus ticket as well as his sister’s injuries.

In a report by China Press, it was also learned that the passenger was bitten in over 40 places on her body, from her neck, face to her hands and feet. Worse still, over 10 of those injuries started blistering, resulting in the passenger having to rush back to Malaysia to seek medical help. Imagine how you’d feel if that happened to you.

Sadly, this is far from the first time Starmart has been in the news for the wrong reasons. The bus service, which is headquartered in Taiping and services daily routes between Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, has already been the subject of several bed bug complaints that went viral on social media in the past, dating as far back as 2016. We wonder why there hasn’t been any action taken yet!

Read more at World of Buzz!

Big Rat filmed scamper in the kitchen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From The Star Online

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): Australian customers of popular restaurant chain Din Tai Fung were left rattled after spotting a big rat scurrying across the kitchen in a Sydney outlet.

The rodent was captured on video running across the counter-top of the outlet at Westfield Sydney shopping mall in Pitt Street, local media reports said.

In the viral video, a man’s voice could be heard saying: “You don’t see the rat?”

It is not clear when the footage was taken, but it surfaced online on Thursday (Jan 31).

The Sydney Morning Herald, quoting a City of Sydney spokesman, said on Friday (Feb 1) that the city’s central business district has noted a recent rise in rat sightings due to an “unprecedented number of major demolition and construction works”.

Just last week, a video showing four rats scampering across the floor at fast-food restaurant Oporto in Sydney had gone viral.

In a statement to 9 News Australia, Din Tai Fung said that it takes the incident very seriously and has since activated pest control specialists to inspect and disinfect the premises.

Din Tai Fung added that it is conducting thorough investigations into the incident and told customers that “we can do even better”.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, an environmental health officer had inspected the restaurant on Thursday.

The restaurant was issued a prohibition order on its business, which means that it can reopen only following a satisfactory inspection.

Din Tai Fung was founded in 1958 and started off as a cooking oil retail business before it was reborn in 1972 as a restaurant selling noodles and soup dumplings.

It is famous for its xiao long bao, or steamed pork dumplings.

Over the years, it has made a mark in cities across South-East Asia, East Asia, the United States and United Arab Emirates. It has 22 outlets in Singapore.

In December last year, Din Tai Fung opened its first outlet in Britain at London’s iconic Covent Garden to much fanfare. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

 

CSR program with Orang Asli community

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

During last week, Ridpest got the privilege to contribute our little help through our CSR program with Orang Asli community at the brand new unfurnished Homestay at Kg Orang Asli Ulu Gumum, Pekan, near Tasik Chini in expelling “The Silent Uninvited Guest”.

The primary objective is to combat termites which were aplenty under the pillars of the brand new house.

The brand new unfurnished homestay is a new project developed by the OA Organics community at Kg Orang Asli Ulu Gumum here.

Our Entomologist, Farah Checking on the live Termites moving along the pillar to the wooden flooring

Here’s main culprit, live termites

Active termite were found all along the wall and are eating the roof beam at one the Orang Asli House.

Ridpest Termite Specialist at work in mixing Imidacloprid Termiticides

Lim Wee Kwang, MD of Pestline Sdn BHD at work on the site, ensuring the correct mixture of the termiticides.

Ridpest Termite Specialist doing the trenching of Termiticides into the perimeter of the soil in forming a continuous barrier

Ridpest Termite Specialists at work mixing the Termiticides

Stephen Liu briefing on the termite work at the OA Homestay, Learning Centre, OA homes and Community Hall

En Kuyu, the Tok Penghulu giving the OA organic vegetable to Nur Farah, Ridpest Service Manager and Entomologist

Tok Penghulu give organic veggies to Julie Na, GM of Pestline, Entomologist

Tok Penghulu giving organic veggies to Mr. Lim, the MD of Pestline

Tok Penghulu giving organic veggies as a token appreciation to Stephen Liu

Enjoying the variety of Food especially the organic vegetables by our host and specially prepared by Orang Asli.

Helping society is always a noble thing to do. Through our experience in Kg Orang Asli Ulu Gumum, 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.

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

 

Cockroaches found on plane bound for Busan

From The Star Online

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/Asia News Network): Three cockroaches were discovered onboard a flight with Busan Air, one of South Korea’s low-cost carriers, alarming passengers and raising concerns about the plane’s hygiene standards.

The flight originated from Gimpo Airport and was en route to Gimhae Airport when the insects were found.

According to a passenger, a woman screamed after spotting a cockroach before takeoff. A flight attendant found her a new seat, but two more cockroaches were found during the flight.

Air Busan has confirmed that three cockroaches were found during the Gimhae-bound flight. The carrier underwent fumigation after all passengers got off.

It also called some passengers to offer its apologies.

But Air Busan said it was possible that the cockroaches may have entered the plane via a passenger’s luggage.

International flights must report the discovery of pests to the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, but domestic flights are not required to do so. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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