7 Facts About Dengue Every Parent Should Know

7 Facts About Dengue Every Parent Should Know

What are some facts about dengue?

  1. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection common to tropical and subtropical countries worldwide.
  2. The symptoms of dengue are wide-ranging and varied.
  3. There is a specific breed of mosquito that carries the dengue virus.
  4. Dengue cases rise in warmer months.
  5. Dengue mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
  6. You can get the dengue virus up to 4 times in a lifetime.
  7. There is no cure for dengue, but it can be prevented.

In the Philippines, the dengue virus is quite common. In fact, as of October 2022, there have been 173,233 cases and 528 deaths in the Philippines since the start of the year. Additionally, we regularly hear reports about dengue in the news and on social media.

Have you ever wondered why this is so? Why is dengue so common, and why is it so deadly? More importantly, what precautions can you take to avoid contracting dengue?

We’ve compiled this list of facts about the dengue virus to help answer your questions. Best of all, we’ll give you some quintessential tips to minimize the risk of contracting dengue in your home and public.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection common to tropical and subtropical countries worldwide

The Philippines is not the only nation prone to dengue mosquitoes and the virus they spread. Mosquitoes in general proliferate in areas that are warm yet humid, because of the availability of stagnant water (we’ll get to that more in a later section). 

Thus, areas near the sea and the equator are usually well-populated by mosquitoes.

The symptoms of dengue are wide-ranging and varied

The symptoms of dengue are wide-ranging and varied

The illness caused by dengue is often called dengue fever, but actually, once you’ve contracted dengue, you could have any of a varied set of symptoms, or you could have no symptoms at all. If you’re not asymptomatic, some signs of dengue include sudden high fever, nausea, skin rashes, fatigue, vomiting, or body pain.

These symptoms are often mistaken for something else, but dengue should never be disregarded as an option because, at its worst, dengue can be fatal. If you experience these symptoms, consult a doctor immediately.

There is a specific breed of mosquito that carries the dengue virus

It’s called the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is most active during the day. That doesn’t mean it can’t strike at night, though. In fact, several bites have been found to happen in the evenings.

Dengue cases rise in warmer months

This is because the Aedes aegypti mosquito is more active when it’s warm. That doesn’t mean you should be careless during the cold months—remember, we still live in a tropical climate—but rather, you should be more careful when it’s hot out.

Dengue mosquitoes breed in stagnant water

Dengue mosquitoes breed in stagnant water

Like all others, the aegypti mosquito lays its eggs in stagnant water. It doesn’t take a lot of water; mosquito larvae can thrive in even a small puddle or a cup of clean water. This is why many of them flock to swampy areas, but also why they can thrive in urban areas, where people tend to store clean water for human use.

You can get the dengue virus up to 4 times in a lifetime

There are 4 dengue virus strains. Once you get infected with one strain, you develop immunity, but only to that specific strain. Therefore, it is possible to be infected up to 4 times, if you’re really unlucky.

There is no cure for dengue, but it can be prevented

There is no cure for dengue, but it can be prevented

Doctors and scientists have yet to discover a quick cure for dengue fever. If you contract the disease, they will likely give you medication and monitor your blood count.

The good news is, however, it can be quite easy to prevent contracting dengue in public spaces. Supermarkets always carry mosquito repellant, which is cheap to buy, and avoiding places where stagnant water can collect is a relatively painless activity.

You can also prevent dengue at home by doing the same things, plus investing in pest control services that target common household pests like cockroaches, ants, termites, and mosquitoes. This is recommended if you notice a large number of mosquitoes near your home in warmer months, or if you’ve dealt with an infestation before.

Key Takeaway

Now that you have some facts about dengue in your arsenal, you can be smarter about how you prevent infection and the spread of the disease. Because dengue can be an inconvenience at its best and a cause of death at its worst, it’s much better to be safe than sorry

Keep mosquitoes away from your home with Topbest, the leading pest control service in the Philippines. Our technicians and inspectors are fully-equipped and well-trained to spot areas of concern, and not only will they provide the best mosquito prevention control, but they’ll also even give you some more tips on how to prevent further or future infestation.

We look forward to hearing from you. Get a quote from us today!

10 Things Businesses Can Do Before and After Pest Control

10 Things Businesses Can Do Before and After Pest Control

What are things businesses can do before and after pest control?

  1. Restrict pest access
  2. Remove furniture
  3. Clear out your kitchen and bathroom
  4. Take away potential hiding places
  5. Wait
  6. Protect yourself
  7. Discard any leftovers
  8. Do not clean immediately
  9. Get rid of pest food sources
  10. Keep checking for stragglers

Pests can be a menace in your business. Not only are they unsightly — they also pose health problems. They carry disease, germs, and dirt into your establishment, which can end up affecting you, your employees, and your customers.

Hiring a pest control service is the quickest (and most effective) way to deal with this problem. However, there are some things you need to do to prepare for this service. To help you out, we’ve prepared a guide on things businesses can do before and after pest control.

Note that while the kind of pest you’re dealing with will dictate what pest control method is used, the following tips are useful in all cases.

What to do before pest control?

Here are the things your business can do to prepare for treatment, before your partnered pest control gets to your building: 

Restrict pest access

You should try to restrict the access these pests have to your business as much as you can. Try repairing any cracks or holes in your walls and flooring. Sealing these up with caulk, cement, or any other sturdy material will prevent any more pests from entering. And, it will prevent the pests inside your building from escaping.

Remove furniture

Remove furniture

We also recommend removing any furniture and appliances from your building before pest control comes in. This will not only make the area less cluttered with obstacles, it also ensures the treatment can be applied more effectively. 

Doing this can also protect your things from being exposed to the pest control chemicals being used. 

If you can’t remove some furniture or appliances, we recommend covering their surfaces with something disposable. A plastic sheet will do! 

Clear out your kitchen and bathroom

If your business has a kitchen and bathroom, make sure to clear these spaces out. Empty your trash cans, clean out your counters, remove any food, and store all your utensils, cutlery, and dishes in another space. 

Typically, your kitchen storage spaces — such as your cabinets — will be sprayed down or treated. This is because they are a prime spot for many pests, such as cockroaches. 

Additionally, we recommend covering any outlets (especially those for water) with plastic. However, any sinks might also need to be sprayed or treated, so avoid covering these. 

Take away potential hiding places

Smaller pieces around your business, such as plant pots, paintings, and even décor can be potential hiding places for pests. You should remove them before pest control arrives to prevent any insects or rodents from taking cover. 

What to do after pest control?

Once pest control has arrived and applied their treatment to your business, there are a few things you should to do to get your business back into order: 

Wait

If you had to vacate your building, wait for pest control to do their thing. Stay out of the premises for the recommended time, before heading back in. 

Protect yourself

When entering your business again for the first time after treatment, we recommend protecting yourself. Wear pants and a long sleeve top to protect your skin. And, wear a pair of disposable gloves if you’re handling sprayed surfaces or objects for the first time.

Discard any leftovers

If you accidentally left any food in the building, we recommend throwing it out (unless they were in an unaffected and protected area, such as inside your fridge. 

Even if pest control used organic chemicals in your building, you can’t be sure if the food is safe enough to eat. 

Do not clean immediately

Do not clean immediately

Though pest control professionals won’t leave behind a mess in your business, you still have to clean up the area afterwards. That said, you should wait before doing so. If you wipe down surfaces too soon, it can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. 

Generally, it’s a good idea to wait at least a week before deep cleaning your business. 

Get rid of pest food sources

Things like leaks and stray paper or cardboard (of any kind) should be removed as soon as possible. Paper and cardboard can provide a food source and nesting for pests. Leaks, on the other hand, can serve as an entry way for others. 

Getting rid of these things can help prevent a re-infestation. 

Keep checking for stragglers

Keep checking for stragglers

For the days following pest control treatment, it’s likely that you’ll see dead pests around your building — this is normal as the treatment takes effect. This should also lessen as time passes. 

Clean these up to make sure they don’t attract any other pests.

As the amount of dead pests lessens, you should still consistently check for any pests. Make sure to inspect problem areas regularly, and keep these spaces neat and clean. 

Key Takeaway

Keep our guide on things businesses can do before and after pest control in mind while booking your appointment. 

While this list is by no means exhaustive, they should help you increase the effectiveness of this service. Make sure to coordinate with your partnered pest control company to make sure that your pre- and post-treatment routine fits your needs best. 

In search of the best pest control company in the Philippines? Message Topbest. We can help you make this process as easy as possible, and ensure that your pest infestation is dealt with immediately. 

4 Industries Prone to Rodent Infestation

4 Industries Prone to Rodent Infestation

Which industries are prone to rodent infestation?

  1. Wholesale food
  2. Restaurant and cafe
  3. Retail
  4. Manufacturing

Here at Topbest, not only do we take pride in our pest control services, we also pride ourselves in knowing our industry well and educating others about how to prevent pests in their homes and businesses.

If you’re a business owner, the last thing you want is pests anywhere near your products, materials or equipment. Because of that, if your industry is prone to rodent infestation, you need to take extra care to prevent their entry and infestation.

If your enterprise belongs to any of the following industries, you might want to consider pest control measures against rats and mice. Here are 4 industries prone to rodent infestation:

Wholesale food

Wholesale food

When you consider establishments that may be at risk of rodent infestation, you’ll probably think of places containing food, and lots of it. And you’re right, because wholesale food stores, such as groceries and food warehouses, are prime targets for rodents.

Rats and mice are hungry pests that know how to find food in even the most well-secured places.  And, the moment they find a food source, they’re all set to start infesting your building. Thus, most places selling wholesale food like supermarkets and trading companies are susceptible.

Restaurants and cafes

Another player in the food industry are restaurants and cafes. For the same reason that wholesale food suppliers are prone to rodent infestation, restaurants and cafes are likely areas for rodents to fester in due to the food—either fresh or spoiled—in and nearby.

In fact, restaurants and cafes might be more likely to have an infestation if they are in the city. Rats are city dwellers because that’s where their food supply is, so establishments within or near the city are doubly at risk.

Retail

You might think rats only infest food industries, but in actuality, most rodents are very opportunistic. Additionally, because malls are so common, it’s possible for rats to eat somewhere and nest someplace else—for example, in a retail store. It’s additionally possible that shoppers and patrons who were allowed to bring food inside have left crumbs that rats and mice will gladly sniff out.

This is especially troubling for people who work in stores that sell products like fabric, because the slightest whiff of food on your products could mean rodents gnawing and tearing them.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Due to their sheer size and closeness to rodent food sources, warehouses and factories could also be susceptible to the feisty little things. Buildings like these are often huge and hard to keep sanitized, since you’d have to keep cleaning them regularly. Unfortunately, a dirty area is very prone to all kinds of pests, rodents included.

Additionally, if your warehouse or factory is close to a food source like a farm, a bakery or a kitchen, you can expect a mouse or two to come running every so often. Your best bet is to keep the place as clean as you can and get pest control service every so often.

How to Prevent Rodent Infestation

If your business is at risk of a rodent infestation, prevention is always step one. To start with, you can avert a rodent infestation by keeping your work spaces, offices and factories clean.

The less food you have around your workplace, the better, so a good precaution is to have your employees or workers eat in places other than their workspace. This will minimize the risk of crumbs, spills or stains on important things like products, office equipment, appliances, materials and machinery.

Another way to avoid rodent infestation is to have your work space cleaned regularly. Hire an in-house cleaner, or if you can’t afford one, there are a number of cleaning services online that can do regular deep-cleaning sprees once a week or so.

Additionally, rodents can’t infest your workplace if they can’t get in. So pay attention to your place of business. Try to observe where rats or mice might be able to get in through, such as cracks in the walls, spaces in the roof, unlocked doors, chimneys or toilets. If you can, seal them up so they don’t let in pests. If you can’t, at least make sure there’s no food nearby to lead the pests to where you are.

Key Takeaway

Finally, should the worst outcome occur—in case your business has already been infested—there’s no need to panic. Simply call us, and we’ll take care of the problem for you.

At Topbest Philippines, we’re more than a pest control service. Among the usual pests in homes and business areas, we understand that rats and mice are particularly strong carriers of diseases, and we want to prevent illness in the Philippines as much as possible.

So we work to not only clear your homes and businesses from these pests, we also provide services to prevent it from happening again. 

Are There Bed Bugs in My House? 7 Early Signs To Watch Out For

Are There Bed Bugs in My House? 7 Early Signs To Watch Out For

What are the signs that there are bed bugs in my house?

  1. An unusual, musty odor
  2. Small, red, itchy bites and bumps
  3. Bloodstains on sheets or pillowcases
  4. Dark or rusty spots on sheets or pillowcases
  5. Eggs that are loosely stuck on various surfaces
  6. Shell casings
  7. Live bed bugs

If you’re here, then you’re probably wondering “are there bed bugs in my house?”

Bed bugs are a common household pest that has the habit of hiding in your bed, and feeding on your blood as you sleep. These pests often latch onto items and can end up wherever these items are taken — which is why it is so easy for them to spread and infest a new area. 

Unfortunately, it is often hard to identify a bed bug problem, as some of their warning signs can easily be confused with signs of a different pest. As a result, most homeowners don’t even know they’re dealing with an infestation, allowing this pest to go unnoticed. 

To help you identify whether or not you have a bed bug problem, keep reading. We cover what early signs to watch out for, and how to determine if they’re caused by bed bugs! 

How do bed bugs get into my home?

Bed bugs are sort of like hitchhikers. They come from infested areas and latch onto things like your shoes, bags, clothes, and other items placed on soft or upholstered surfaces.

Once they latch on, they can easily travel, undetected, back into your home, where they will begin a new infestation. They can also easily travel between rooms in multi-unit buildings, such as apartments, hotels, and condominiums. 

Signs of bed bugs

Here is how to identify whether there are bed bugs in your house — we ranked them in order of how much certainty these signs give when it comes to confirming this pest problem. 

An unusual, musty odor

If you’re smelling an unusual odor that doesn’t come from an obvious source (such as dirty laundry), then you might be smelling bed bug pheromones. These smell sweet and musty. Most people compare it to the scent of old raspberries, coriander, cilantro, or almonds. 

Small, red, itchy bites and bumps

Small, red, itchy bites and bumps

If you’re experiencing small, red, and itchy bites and bumps around your arms, hands, and legs, then it might be caused by bed bugs. 

One thing to check is if they seem to appear at night since bed bugs prefer to feed on blood when we are asleep. Another thing to check is if the bites are in clusters of 3 or 4 bites, which is another bed bug feeding habit. 

However, bites alone might not be enough to conclude you have a bed bug problem. This is because people can react very differently to pest bites, so there’s no 100% sure way to distinguish them from one insect to another. Some people also don’t have any skin reactions to bed bug bites. 

Bloodstains on sheets or pillowcases

Another thing to look out for is small blood stains or smears on your bedding. 

We might not notice when bed bugs are biting us at night, but they don’t always get away with it unharmed. When they feed on blood, they become bloated. If you suddenly move or roll over while you sleep, you may crush or squeeze them.

This can cause some of the blood that they fed on to leak out — resulting in small bloodstains on your sheets. 

That said, always check if you have any other wounds that might be the cause of the bloodstain. If there is no other explanation, then this might be a sign of a bed bug problem.

Dark or rusty spots on sheets or pillowcases

Seeing tiny dark or rusty spots on your sheets? These might be fecal spotting from bed bugs. 

Compared to bloodstains, these are much smaller and darker. These marks can come from bed bug droppings and can be difficult to wash out. When washed, they leave dark smears. 

Aside from your bed sheets, you might also find them on your pajamas, mattresses, headboards, and even on curtains and rugs. 

Eggs that are loosely stuck on various surfaces

Bed bug eggs are pinhead-sized, white in color, and oval. They look a lot like small grains of rice. 

If you see clusters of them stuck on a surface, then they might have come from a bed bug. You’ll often find them near what we call bed bug harborage areas, which are places where they can hide and breed without being detected. These are the gaps beneath your furniture, crevices between fabrics and wood surfaces, and any cracks or holes along your flooring and walls. 

Shell casings

Bed bugs, like many other insects, have a molting cycle. They shed off yellowish-brown casings. If you find them near your bed or furniture, then this is a reliable early sign of a bed bug problem. 

However, identifying whether the casings come from a bed bug or some other pest can be tricky, because it’s hard to differentiate the different sizes and shapes of bed bug stages from other pests. 

That said, one way to rule out other pests is if you find these casings near common bed bug hiding places, on top of seeing other warning signs on this list. 

Live bed bugs

Live bed bugs

And of course, the sure sign of a bed bug problem is if you see live ones around your home. 

Here’s how to identify if the bug you found is a bed bug:

  • Adults are reddish-brown, while nymphs are pale.
  • They are small, about the size of flaxseeds.
  • They have a narrow head and thorax, with a flat and oval-shaped abdomen.
  • They have 6 legs and 2 antennae.
  • They have vestigial wings — meaning they can’t fly. If they fly, it’s not a bed bug.

Normally, these pests don’t like to go out in the open unless they’re feeding or laying eggs. They find a place to hide — and they stick to it. So if you find a live one in your home, chances are their population is growing, and you need to act fast. 

How do I solve a bed bug problem in my home?

There are a few things you can do to control the situation, such as cleaning up the infested areas and their hiding places. 

However, the best and most effective way of getting rid of a bed bug problem is by using pesticides, which should only be used by experts to ensure that the product is safely applied in your home.

That said, if you think you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation, contact an experienced pest control professional: Topbest. We are experts in bed bug control and prevention in the Philippines, and can help you quickly identify and select the best solution for extermination! 

Key Takeaway

If you’re asking yourself “are there bed bugs in my house,” then consider the seven warning signs above. If you’re experiencing any combination of the above, and want to know if bed bugs have invaded your home, contact Topbest today. We offer free consultations!

How to Get Rid of Subterranean Termites

How to Get Rid of Subterranean Termites

How to get rid of subterranean termites:

  1. Treat with chemicals
  2. Using baits 
  3. Applying termiticides

 

Subterranean termites are destructive termite species that live for a long time, establish large colonies, and live underground. They prefer to live in spaces where they can access lots of wood, so it is common for these pests to infest the space under your home.

Here, they can weaken wood — and even metal supports — which, in extreme cases, could lead to the collapse of your home. This makes them one of the most destructive pests that you can deal with. 

This means that the moment you notice you have an infestation, you have to act quickly. Here is how to get rid of subterranean termites:

 

Treat with chemicals

One of the quickest ways to tackle your subterranean termite problem is by using chemical treatments.

These can be used on the wood structures in your home, and work to deter termites. Some can strengthen your wood, making them hard to eat through. While this can save you some money, this does make the wood age over time — eventually making them softer and more vulnerable to termites in the future.

Other treatments repel subterranean termites from chewing through wood. Keep in mind that these spot treatments will only work against attacks in these areas. This isn’t and shouldn’t be considered a complete treatment. 

Another option here is to create a chemical barrier in the soil around your property. By doing so, you can prevent subterranean termites from gaining access to your house. To create one, use liquid insecticide and spray the soil beneath your home’s foundation with it.

There are also non-repellent chemical treatments that you can use around your home. While these don’t prevent termite damage, these chemicals are lethal. Once the subterranean termites come into contact with them, they will quickly die — and they may inadvertently pass it onto their colony, too.

 

Using baits 

Another way of getting rid of subterranean termites is by using traps or bait. This might be a good option if you’re experiencing an infestation, as chemical treatments only have a limited impact on termite colonies.

Baits use slow-acting insecticides, which are consumed by these pests and then brought back to their colony, where they spread out across the wider termite population. Some baits use a special treatment called Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs), which can help eradicate the entire colony over time. This is a viable option if you have pets and are concerned about exposure and toxicity. 

 

Applying termiticides

While baits and traps can be effective, they are very time-consuming to apply and monitor.

If you require a fast-acting and effective way of killing off a subterranean colony, then you look into using termiticide. 

 

Key Takeaway

If you find an active subterranean termite infestation in your home or property, then you need to act fast. Use our guide on how to get rid of subterranean termites — or work with Topbest — for a quick and effective solution. 

Message us today to learn more about pest control services in the Philippines, and receive a free consultation! 

Dengue Prevention and Control: 7 Things Every Homeowner Should Do

Dengue Prevention and Control: 7 Things Every Homeowner Should Do

What are things to do for dengue prevention and control at home?

  1. Reduce possible habitats
  2. Stay in screened areas
  3. Use mosquito repellants
  4. Keep your home airy and well-lit
  5. Dry wet clothing and fabrics as soon as possible
  6. Dispose of waste properly
  7. Use pest control

 

Dengue fever is unfortunately very common in our tropical home — and the risk of catching it gets higher during and after the rainy season. 

Dengue symptoms include high fever, nausea, vomiting, rashes, and various aches and pains. This sickness can be very difficult to deal with and recover from.

That said, there are many ways to reduce the risk of dengue, and possibly even avoid it entirely at home. It’s important to know what these are to help keep you and your family safe during this time of year! In this post, we’ve prepared seven dengue prevention and control tips for you to use at home:

 

Reduce possible habitats

Reduce possible habitats

Mosquitoes are known to like living near stagnant water because it provides the perfect environment for them to lay their larvae. When these hatches, the pupae can easily survive and grow since there is little to no water flow. 

This is why it is important to look around your home for any possible habitats — i.e., pools of stagnant water. Whether they’re clean or dirty water, you should get rid of them. Take a look at objects such as tires, flower pots, pet water bowls, plastic containers, etc. around your home for any pools of water. 

We also recommend checking your water systems (such as your septic tank and plumbing pipes) are free of any leaks. You can also drain and clean your roof gutters to avoid any build-up of water. 

Reducing the habitat available for these mosquitoes by getting rid of these bodies of water can help prevent dengue at home. 

 

Stay in screened areas

Adding screens to your windows and doors can prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. If you already have screens, make sure there are no holes or gaps. And, if there are any, have them replaced or repaired promptly. 

Once you’ve checked your screened areas, make sure to keep them tightly shut once the sun sets, as this is the time of day when mosquitoes are most active. Keeping these areas closed off will also reduce the risk of them entering your home. 

 

Use mosquito repellants

Use mosquito repellants

Using mosquito repellants, such as sprays, mosquito bands, anti-mosquito wipes, and even burning coils or incense around your home can drive these pests away. You must use these measures when you are outdoors, as you’re more exposed. 

Indoors, you can use these repellants at night, when the mosquitoes are active. 

 

Keep your home airy and well-lit

As we mentioned, mosquitoes like to frequent areas that are damp and have pools of water. But, they also like staying in places that are dark and cool. 

To make them less likely to infest your home, you should try to keep your home airy and well-lit. This should help prevent your home from getting too humid, as well as dry up any damp or wet spots around the house. 

 

Dry wet clothing and fabrics as soon as possible

Likewise, you should also avoid keeping any piles of wet clothing, towels, rugs, or other fabrics. This can attract mosquitoes, as they make the area cool and moist for them.  

Keep any wet and soggy clothes or other items away from dry ones. Also, try to dry them as soon as possible, by either hanging them to dry under the sun or placing an electric fan nearby to air-dry them. 

 

Dispose of waste properly

Dispose of waste properly

Aside from water, mosquitoes are also attracted to junk and dirt. Avoid leaving trash around your house. Likewise, avoid letting it pile up outside your house. Any pile of trash can end up housing these pests, and providing a nice habitat for them to lay their eggs. This is a big risk, as it could lead to an infestation — especially if your trash is wet or soggy. 

We also suggest separating any liquids or wet garbage you want to throw away from the rest of your trash. Keep these in a closed and sealed bin until your trash is collected. 

 

Use pest control

Use pest control

You can also periodically get your home inspected and treated for any mosquito problems you may have. Pest control partners, such as Topbest, are equipped with the materials, tools, and know-how you need to get rid of any pest problem you have — for good — and keep your home safe! 

You never know when these mosquitoes will strike, or if any of the ones hanging around your home are carriers of a deadly disease. While these prevention methods above are a great way to control their numbers, it’s important to work with the professional team of Topbest. We will provide the right household pest control and preventative measures to prevent outbreaks within your home! 

 

Key Takeaway

Dengue is one of the biggest threats that our home faces today. We never know where these pests are lurking, or when they might infect us — but thankfully, there are several dengue prevention and control measures that we can use at home to keep ourselves safe! 

If you’re interested in working with us to clear out any pest problems you have, contact us here — we give free consultations!

6 Reasons Why Schools in the Philippines Need Pest Control

6 Reasons Why Schools in the Philippines Need Pest Control

What are the reasons why schools in the Philippines need pest control?

  1. Schools must be a safe environment
  2. Schools must be sanitary
  3. Schools provide the ideal conditions for pests to thrive
  4. Schools are empty several times a year
  5. Children and infants are more susceptible to pest-related problems
  6. Pests can cause damage to school property

 

Schools, much like other structures in the Philippines, are susceptible to pest infestations. These can provide an environment ideal for rodents, mosquitoes, and other insects to thrive in, which poses serious health risks for both students and staff. 

This is why availing pest control services in the Philippines, and exerting regular prevention and control measures, are so important for schools. These are key to ensuring that school is not only a place where children can learn, but also feel safe and comfortable. Here are 6 reasons why schools in the Philippines need pest control. 

 

Schools must be a safe environment

Schools are required, by law, to do their best to remove possible safety hazards from their buildings and campus. Though it isn’t a legal requirement for a school to have pest control contact, it does help get rid of the pests that are common in schools, such as flies, ants, cockroaches, rodents, spiders, and mosquitoes.

This is a sensitive matter for any school to manage as their own, as a pest problem can quickly get out of hand and cause health and safety risks to everyone in the building. A pest control company can effectively and quickly deal with infestation problems before it causes harm or damage to the school. 

 

Schools provide the ideal conditions for pests to thrive

Schools provide the ideal conditions for pests to thrive

There are many areas in the school that are perfect for pests to hide, eat, and breed in. These include hard-to-reach places, such as roof spaces and corners. And, humid rooms or places with lots of food sources (like the school cafeteria, food stores, janitor’s closets, and the like) are also common hotspots for pests. They provide the ideal conditions for many of them, including cockroaches and rodents. 

Pest control can help make sure these areas are inspected and treated regularly for effective prevention measures. Pest control teams can also help make sure these places are less than ideal for pests so that they’re discouraged from infesting the area. These two things are essential measures to reduce the risk of a pest problem. 

 

Schools must be sanitary

Schools must be hygienic to keep everyone inside safe. This is especially true for schools that deal with younger children, who are often very messy. They drop food on the floor while eating, aren’t careful in restrooms, and leave other messes around — which end up inviting a variety of pests. 

This makes sanitation a very big concern for schools. Luckily, pest control companies can help devise a custom strategy to not only protect children from the health issues linked to pest problems but also to keep them at bay. 

 

Schools are empty several times a year

Schools are empty several times a year

Did you know that pests prefer to never go near humans? As often as we might see them, they’d actually go out of their way to avoid human contact. 

While this does keep them out of sight, it creates another problem for schools. Since these buildings aren’t active every day, there are many windows of time where pests get to roam around as they please, without fear of encountering a human. This is also the perfect time for them to multiply and create an infestation. 

Pest control professionals often schedule school-wide inspections during the weekend or summer vacation for this very reason. By using their services, you can guarantee that your school opens its doors pest-free and with a robust pest control strategy in place.

 

Children and infants are more susceptible to pest-related problems

Children and infants are more susceptible to pest-related problems

Children are still growing in many different aspects while they attend school. This also includes their immune systems. They’re much more immature and underdeveloped compared to adults, which means that they don’t have as strong protection as we do against the kinds of germs and bacteria that pests bring around. 

Unfortunately, a school with a pest problem is putting its children at risk of sickness. This is because young children like to play on the floor, place objects and fingers into their mouths, and try to get into small and dark spaces as they explore. 

This can expose them to different germs, pests, insects, or their eggs and larvae — which can cause serious illness. For other kids, insect infestations can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. 

Proactive measures and an experienced pest control company are a must to prevent pests so that your students are safe.

Pests can cause damage to school property

Rodents, termites, and other pests can cause significant damage to things inside your school. Rats and mice can tear up papers and wires, while termites eat through wood and furniture. 

Even a minor pest problem can cause damage to your school, especially since they can find their way across campus and can even access locked rooms. 

Pest control is an effective way of keeping your pest problem under control and reducing the damage that can be caused by them. 

 

Key Takeaway

As you can see there are many problems that pests can cause in a school in the Philippines, which is why schools need pest control services. 

If you are looking for a professional who can offer your school the highest standard of service, a wide variety of pest control methods, and ongoing support, then contact Topbest! We provide the best pest control services in the Philippines, and have just the right solution to keep you pest-free! 

3 Reasons Why Rodents Keep Coming Back

3 Reasons Why Rodents Keep Coming Back

What are the reasons why rodents keep coming back?

  1. Rodents reproduce rapidly
  2. Your property is providing their needs 
  3. Your current pest treatment is not addressing the root cause of the infestation

 

Rodents are a problem the moment they take up residence in your home. This is why rodent prevention and control in the Philippines is a must. Experiencing a recurring rodent infestation once can be frustrating — so a recurring one takes that stress and irritation to a new level. But why do these pests decide to infest your home, no matter what you do? Here are 3 reasons why rodents keep coming back. We also provide tips on how to get rid of a rodent infestation. 

 

Rodents reproduce rapidly

Rodents reproduce rapidly

A rodent infestation can be a persistent one because these types of pests reproduce rapidly.   

A typical female rodent can give birth to up to 10 litters a year. Per litter of rodents, they produce an average of 8 pups. In addition, rodents reach sexual maturity in around 6 weeks. Therefore, every littler of rodents is ready to reproduce in less than 2 months.

You might have thought you’ve already gotten rid of plenty of them, but if you leave even just a pair of rodents in your home, then another infestation will crop up in time. 

 

Your property is providing their needs 

Your property is providing their needs 

Another reason why your rodent problem seems to keep happening is that they consider your home to be the best area to provide their two most important needs: food and shelter.

Even if you keep a relatively clean household, you can still end up with a recurrent rodent problem if you miss a few key elements. Rodents can sniff out even the smallest unguarded food source, shelter, or entrance into your home, so you have to keep an eye out. Here are a few of the things that attract rodents back onto your property: 

  • Keeping food out in the open — even pet food left unattended in food bowls or outdoor feeders can be very attractive to rodents.
  • Keeping food in containers that are not airtight. Rodents have an excellent sense of smell that can detect unprotected food, even when they’re in your pantry or cabinets. 
  • Using outdoor feeders that are easy to access. Rodents can climb up just about any surface, so make sure that the feeder you’re using is pest-proof to prevent them from accessing this food source. 
  • Unsealed holes or gaps on the outdoor perimeter of your home. If there are any small entrances on your home’s exterior, make sure they’re sealed to prevent them from entering your home.
  • Open windows or doors — rodents can also climb up to the second floor of your home and enter through any open windows or doors.

If you make your home inaccessible and remove possible food sources, then rodents will likely be less driven to live on your property. 

 

Your current pest treatment is not addressing the root cause of the infestation

Your current pest treatment is not addressing the root cause of the infestation

 

If you’re using store-bought pest treatments and DIY pest control techniques, then you might have been able to catch a few rodents, or even reduce their numbers with poison.

However, this is just a band-aid solution. It does not really solve the root cause of your rodent infestation, which are: what’s attracting them to your property; how they’re entering your home. 

Also, as mentioned, rodents breed fast. If you can’t effectively control their numbers, this problem is going to get out of hand very quickly. 

What you need is a method that provides two things: control and prevention. This is where an expert in household pest control, like Topbest, comes in. With our years of experience and well-trained pest professional team, we know the most effective methods for rodent prevention. We can correct your current pest infestation methods. Our team can also help you identify possible rodent entry points to prevent future infestations! 

All in all, working with our team can save you time, money, and stress in the long run. We have several services and products for rodent prevention and control in the Philippines!

 

How can you tell if all the rodents are gone?

On your own, there are a few telltale signs of a rodent problem that you can keep an eye out for after you receive help from a pest control company like Topbest.

One of the most common signs is rodent droppings around food sources and in small and dark spaces (such as in cupboards and under your sink), nesting material (such as shredded paper or plant matter), and signs of chewing on walls and on food packaging. 

However, a thorough home inspection — care of your pest control company — can not only determine what kind of rodent you’re dealing with, but also what’s attracting them to your home. An inspection will also reveal how effective their current pest control efforts are. 

 

Key Takeaway

Knowing the reasons why rodents keep coming back is only one part of the solution. If you’re dealing with a rodent problem, then always work with an expert — Topbest can help you send those rodents scurrying for cover!

Using our combination of pest control and prevention techniques, our team can solve your pest woes by addressing the root of your problem. And, we even provide the means to prevent a future rodent infestation in your home! Contact us today to get started — we offer free consultation! 

Deciding Between DIY Vs Professional Termite Treatment

Deciding Between DIY Vs Professional Termite Treatment

What is the difference between DIY vs professional termite treatment?

  1. Professional termite treatment are well-versed with treatment methods
  2. DIY Methods are time-consuming
  3. Professional treatment is more effective
  4. DIY Termite treatment costs more in the long run

 

Termites are one of the household pests that need to be eliminated right away. Leaving many people wondering if they should do DIY vs professional termite treatment. This kind of infestation needs to be addressed quickly. Here are some effects termites can do on your home:

  • Damage the structural wood of your home
  • Damage wooden furniture
  • Infest wooden doors and windows

These pests are able to break down the cellulose fibers found in wood, paper, and plants. That’s why you can find them in many wooden structures at home. If you don’t see the signs of infestation, it can lead to serious issues for your home and family.

There are many treatments available for termite control. Termiticides, baits, and traps are available in many stores for DIY treatments, but there are also professional termite control services that ensure cost-effective and long lasting solutions. This article explores the differences between DIY vs professional termite treatment. 

 

Professionals are well-versed with treatment methods

Professionals are well-versed with treatment methods

Professional termite treatments have the upper hand when it comes to effectiveness. They are able to identify the problem, its species, and the proper treatment plan

Unlike regular insects, termites do not stay in plain sight. They are usually near the wood they are infesting or even underground. 

To the normal eye, termites may be mistaken for flying ants. So you may have looked past some already at home. Professionals can easily tell the difference between the two. They can even identify whether the termite is a drywood or subterranean type. 

Those who take on DIY treatment may be aware of drywood termites since these are found above ground and inhabit the wood they destroy. However, you might miss out on the subterranean type. These are termites that seek out moisture, so they are usually located underground. 

Whatever the kind of termite, professional services know the proper treatment method since they are well versed in the pests’ habits. 

 

DIY Methods are time-consuming

There are dozens of tutorial videos and manuals available for DIY treatment, but it can end up being an endless cycle. You may find yourself constantly trying different kinds of techniques when one fails. It may end up in hours spent digging trenches, spraying, and crawling without really understanding why you’re doing it.

Professionals, on the other hand, are trained to identify the problem at hand. They are able to assess and locate the termites’ nesting area easily, too. From there, they’ll offer you the best treatment method for the situation. 

When you hire a professional termite treatment service, you can end up saving a lot of time. You’ll have more time to do other activities instead of worrying about buying new treatment solutions or locating a nesting area on your own. 

 

Professional treatment is more effective

Professional treatment is more effective

Despite being available in hardware stores, DIY termite treatment is not as effective. These are not the same as professional-grade products. The DIY treatments available are merely a form of repellant. This means that they are designed to deter pests instead of killing them. This makes DIY treatments an inefficient method since it does not affect the termite and its colony. 

Termiticides used by professionals are undetectable by termites. It means that the pests won’t know that they have been walking through treated areas. In the span of one to two weeks, the termites would have passed the termiticide into their nest and the colony. This effectively kills the entire colony. 

When it comes to the treatment solution, professionals end up using a lot more compared to the DIY treatments available. Treating multiple areas in your home may have services using 60 liters of product, sometimes more, compared to store-bought termiticide which only comes in one to two-liter bottles. 

 

DIY Termite treatment costs more in the long run

It may seem like a DIY termite treatment is the cheaper option. There are many affordable sprays, kits, and baits available in your hardware store. However, purchasing these products multiple times may end up costing more than a professional termite treatment service. 

On top of that, the damage that termites do to your home also adds to the expenses. You may have discovered the termites too late that the damage to your wooden surfaces has become severe and in need of immediate repair. 

 

Key Takeaway

When deciding between DIY vs professional termite treatment, it’s best to leave it to the experts. They are well-versed in different methods that get to the root of your termite infestation in order to exterminate the nest and the entire colony. 

Topbest pest control specialists can provide you with long-term treatment for termites, bedbugs, and rodents. We offer a free pest consultation, so don’t hesitate to contact us today. 

Reasons To Invest In Pest Control For Your Hotel Business

Reasons To Invest In Pest Control For Your Hotel Business

What are some reasons to invest in pest control for your hotel business?

  1. Experts with proper knowledge
  2. Provides a detailed plan
  3. Saves time and money
  4. Provides you peace of mind

 

Pests are not good for any type of business, especially for hotels. Fortunately, as a hotel owner, you don’t have to deal with this problem yourself. This article provides you with reasons to invest in pest control for your hotel business to improve in terms of customer reputation, health and safety, and more! 

If left unchecked, a pest infestation can lead to huge disruptions in your daily operations. Below are some of the costs of a pest infestation:

  1. Loss of inventory: They can contaminate goods and even food in the hotel. Rodents can damage structures and machines as well. 
  2. Reputation damage: No one would want to stay in a hotel with a pest sighting. 
  3. Safety of employees and customers: Pests can transmit diseases to humans. 

Investing in pest control helps you avoid these problems. Continue reading to know more reasons why you need to invest in pest control service. 

 

Experts with proper pest control knowledge

Experts with proper pest control knowledge

Professional pest control services have a vast understanding of different types of pests such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, rodents, termites, black bugs, and bed bugs. They can identify pest habits, life cycles, and preferred habitats. They are the experts that can answer questions about your hotel’s looming pest issues and the most effective suggest prevention measures. 

Your hotel business will be left in good hands since pest control services have a clear understanding of how to treat pests. It’s important to remember that pest control is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each pest is treated differently, and professional pest control staff will know the correct methods to use. 

Most importantly, professional pest control service put the safety of your staff first. If you leave pest control to DIY applications and pesticides, it can result in the over-application of toxins. Inhaling toxic chemicals may lead to critical health conditions. This can be very harmful to those inside your hotel, especially children. 

Before resulting to using chemicals, pest control services find using other methods that won’t disrupt the workflow in the hotel business. 

 

Provides a detailed plan

Professional services provide you and your hotel business with a detailed plan for pest control. This begins with pest identification until their follow-up visit.

The first step in pest control is identification. To ordinary people, you may just be seeing mice and cockroaches, but a professional pest control service can identify what pests are lurking inside your hotel and their habitats. 

From there, they can provide your business with a plan that identifies the pests’ entry points and develops the safest possible elimination method. Through this, they’ll be able to identify the source of the infestation and get rid of pests in plain sight and hidden. They may find water leaks and plug holes in the foundation to secure all possible entry points. 

Since pests will attempt to return, pest control services schedule follow-up inspections. If they see that pests have returned, they’ll find another method to eliminate them. It’s ideal to do an annual routine inspection to ensure your hotel business is free from pest infestation. 

 

Saves time and money

Saves time and money

Pest control services save you time and money in the long run.

If the business attempts DIY pest control, it may be spending more money on pesticides and other chemicals over time. DIY pest control may only get rid of pests you see but never get to the source of the issue.

Leaving pest control to a professional service means that you’ll be able to focus more on running the hotel and the business. This leads to less time worrying about pests in sight since experts can get to the bottom of the issue. 

 

Provides you peace of mind

With a detailed and well-executed pest control service, hotel business owners are left with peace of mind. Fighting pests can turn into an endless battle, but with a professional, they’ll be able to eliminate the issue from the root cause.

This assures you that your guests will not encounter any unwanted guests in their rooms, in the dining hall, and in any other part of your hotel. It also assures you that your hotel is safe from toxins and diseases that chemicals and pests can bring in. 

 

Key Takeaway

Pests can cause many disruptions and issues in the hotel business. Their presence can damage valuable items in the hotel and even transmit diseases to the customers and staff. That’s why this article provided owners with reasons to invest in pest control for your hotel business. Leave it to the professionals to get to the source of the issue and eliminate pests in the safest possible way. 

You can book a free inspection with us here at Topbest. We have years of expertise in providing pest control services in the Philippines to our clients in various industries, including the hotel industry. You can rely on us to keep your hotel business safe from unwanted pests. Don’t hesitate to contact us here!