Termites; Why are they known as ‘Silent Killers’?

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Termites get that special title widely known as ‘silent killers’ because of their ability to destroy things so quickly, and yet undetectable. By the time the homeowner realizes it, the damage are mostly already severe to the extent that it is impossible to be repaired.

Lucky for you, we know our pests and the way to get rid of them for good.

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What are termites?

Just in case you haven’t encounter one yet, termites are small pests that feeds on cellulose-based plant materials. These materials that we’re talking about are referring to wooden items that includes the furniture, ceilings, floors and even wallpapers in your house. Unfortunately, all homes can provide this cellulose food for termites infestation. Thus, beware.

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Termites has three level of castes namely the workers, the soldiers and the reproductives. Be aware that these three castes has their own role among the colony:

  1. Workers – To gather food
  2. Soldiers – To build shelters
  3. Reproductives – To reproduce another colony of termites

Identifying termites in the early stages are important, and it eliminate the risk of being heavily infested by them. Make sure to look for mud tunnels or mud tubes around the house, on the window pane, door sill and also the walls of your house.

How to prevent termites?

IMG-20170725-WA0021Identifying termites are the first step into getting rid of them. The next step would be to minimize or get rid of the ideal habitat of termites. You can do this by eliminating moisture around your house. Eliminating moisture means to:

  1. Keep your gutters and downspout clean
  2. Repair any broken or faulty faucets, water pipes or air-conditioner unit
  3. Divert water from foundation in case your house tends to collect puddles (mostly happens when your house is on a slope or has a failed drainage system)

These should keep termites away from harboring themselves to your house.

What to do when the house is infested?

It doesn’t matter what season it is, termites will come to your house by crawling or flying. At some stage of their life cycle, termites develop wings and travel in a group. They’re mostly attracted to lights and when the ‘wings’ season is over, they’ll leave their wings behind and starts to look for shelter. Your house could be a target.IMG-20170603-WA0000

Should you come across termites in your house, please call the Pest Management Professional for an immediate attention to the termites issues. Know that to get rid of termites are not just a one-time event, it would take an all-year process to completely eliminate the termites, and to ensure that you and your household live in a safe environment with the comfort of your own home – without termites intervention.

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Tips to prevent bed bugs from hitch hiking their way to your home

Bed_bug,_Cimex_lectulariusBed bugs are parasite insects that live near or inside beds and bedding or other sleeping areas. Unlike active insects like mosquitoes, bed bugs are dormant creatures which means that they will only show up from their hiding place when it’s dark or when they feel safe. Despite being dormant, it cause problems to humans for the irritation on the skin that follows after its bite that can lasts up to two weeks or more. It’s best for everyone to prevent bed bugs before they infest your home severely by.

Travelling

When travelling, some hotels, motels or even home-stays might have bed bugs problem. Know that bed bugs are hitch hikers, crawling with their 6 legs (they do not have wings to fly nor long legs to jump) and embed themselves on your bag or luggage or on your sleeves when you’re travelling. Note that they’re so good at hiding themselves, away from human sights that you might have to be extra sensitive when it come to bed bugs inspection.

live-bed-bugsBest advice? Check your hotel room before you crash on the bed. Examine the bed, closet door, sofas, and even the curtains. Typically, bed bugs tend to stay at the corner or on the ends and seams of the fabrics and furniture. You should be looking for a live bed bugs, eggs, black stains(almost moldy), and shed skin as that could mean that bed bugs are around.

Coming home after holidays

You’ve taken the necessary steps to prevent bed bugs from tagging along with you. Next step is to take further precaution to avoid the unwanted ‘souvenir’ from spreading in your home. Transfer your clothes first in a black bin liners and never place the clothes you use for travelling scattered around the house upon arrival because that’s how bed bugs spread. Wash your travel clothes in hot water preferably at 60oC because adult bed bugs and their eggs can be killed completely in this temperature. It is advisable to put your luggage under the sun immediately even if you have taken careful steps in preventing bed bugs from sticking on your travel bags. Keep in mind that bed bugs HATE the blaring sun or any open space thus that should get rid of them. Overall, if you have encountered bed bugs in your homes, you can get help at Ridpest.

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