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There are some pests that we deal with every day at home that is pretty straightforward in controlling and removing them. So long as we maintain diligent housekeeping, secure entries with sound proofing measures, removing any food source that attract pests, treat with repellant sprays or traps from off-the-shelves shops, there are some pests that is more challenging to deal with.
Here are the top 3 most difficult pest to get rid of unless with professional help.
#1 Termite signs often go unnoticed till damaging symptoms surface
Similarly, like an illness or disease, the early warning signs are an indicator that we are not well. However, there are symptoms that are less obvious just like a termite infestation. Termites live in soil and build tunnels underground to above ground to carry food for survival purposes.
With their hide outs in these structures, beams, flooring and panels, unless with professional detection tools and technology, it is highly unlikely knowing if there is a termite activity taken place within.
However, if you notice mud tubes lining up on your wall, cracked or damaged structures, or saw dust lying on the surfaces, then it may be a sign that your home has been attacked by termites.
#2 Bed bugs hitchhike and travel easily through place and people
Like us, bed bugs commute easily from location to location, people to people or item to item. Because they are tiny and flat, they tend to “ride for free” without been noticed. As small as an apple seed, they take cover and breed at places that are blind spots to us and multiply quickly into a full blown serious bed bug infestation.
There is also a misperception that bed bugs tend to happen at really dirty and old homes. It is totally untrue; in fact, they are highly associated to lifestyle activities such as traveling, recreational activities and staycation.
Throwing away infected furniture with bed bugs and engage thorough vacuuming and cleaning do not do the trick as well. Bed bug eradication requires professional inspection, residual spraying at required intervals and heat treatment to ensure both adults and eggs are removed during the entire bug lifecycle.
In fact, even after a thorough eradication and diligent steps taken, some home owners experience repeated infestation! This is because due to its cross-infestation nature, it may return to your home again through luggage or clothing.
Not sure if you are receiving proper treatment, equip yourself with useful questions and tips on what to expect during a bed bug treatment.
#3 Rats squeeze, climb and hide like a contortionist
Ever wonder how we are unable to spot these rats scurrying around when we try to lure and trap them? Yet, we see signs of rats’ presence and infestation around the area such as droppings and scratch marks.
This is because rats are nocturnal pest that only comes out at night to hunt for food, are very intelligent pests and highly agile. Any tight spaces and impossible hideouts are not a problem for these rats to keep out of reach and sight from us.
Other influencing factors include their resistance to baits, the structural design of buildings today due to urbanization and modernisation.
With proper inspection, integrated pest management together with sound and diligent housekeeping and facility maintenance, taking proactive steps can help prevent an infestation growing out of proportion or minimize the damaging impact resulted.
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