How can I control pests at home? A survey was recently conducted and revealed the top 3 pests that home owners are struggling with at home are 50% on ants, 30% on cockroaches and 13% on lizards. It is no wonder these are the common pests since they feed on similar food ingredients like us, such as sugar, bread and cakes and require water to survive, which is commonly present at various parts of the home such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Yes, kitchen tops the list among 76% of the respondents as the pest risk area. A small percentage of 11% indicated the living room and 9% mentioned the balcony. While only 4% of the respondents identified bedroom as a key risk area for bed bugs, it can be a challenging epidemic to eliminate without proper bed bug control.
The question is; how can I control pests at home? 70% agreed that practicing good housekeeping and using off the shelve tools found in retail shops or supermarket are some ways to get rid of pests. While 42% of the respondents will resort to D.I.Y. methods, very often sourcing from online self-learning or getting recommendations from friends or family. But do they really work?
Close to half of the readers agree that recurring pest infestation is the common struggle and frustration dealing with these pests at home, while 28% are affected with the visible droppings and stains found on the surfaces of walls or cabinets. 9% mentioned about the bites and allergies, which are caused by mosquitoes, bed bugs and cockroaches.
In fact, home conditions are 1 factor that contributes to pest infestation, such as cracks in walls and structures while 20% of the respondents noticed that in their homes and 8% experienced leaking pipes, wet floors and infested built-in beams, panels, kitchen cabinets and wardrobes. Damaged flooring, laminates and tiles form the minority of 6%, however it could be a potential start of a termite infestation where they feed on wood structures and cellulose materials.
Seeking the website and internet seems to be the go-to method where 65% get their answers and solutions in the event they suspect of an infestation or already experience pest issues, while 27% turn to their family and friends for tips and advice.
With only 1% of the respondents’ indication to engage in proper pest control, many find that pest control is too pricey, or conditions are not severe enough for the need to call for a pest control specialist. Pest control prices are often a deciding factor for many home owners. Depending on the type of pest, size of the affected area and property coverage, number and frequency of the treatments and solution type, residential pest control can be customise and made affordable either for a 1 time off service treatment or a monthly protection.