“What’s that Scratching?” Ways to Ensure Your Walls are not Harboring Pests

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You can’t help but love your perfect home, the Venetian interior and well-maintained spic-and-span rooms and furniture are its best assets. And in owning the best, this means you will not settle for less—or even let it fall under the sinister claws of the most dreaded fiends: pests.

You’ve heard it, the dins of the hardwood walls as they’re slowly being mutilated from their other side which faces the shadows. They’re calling for your help; they need to be saved. It’s a horror flick, and your walls are the victim! And who is the hero? Pest or Termite control.

But are there really pests living in your walls, or are you overthinking it? Let’s see if you’ve done these recently.

Listen to your walls

Have you been listening, and not just hearing, as well as keeping tabs on what your walls say? Is that a rat or a raccoon scratching? Are you a hundred percent sure it’s within your walls? How long have you been noticing the scratching? How often does it come? Now the final question is: how many of these questions were you able to answer? Five out of five says you have a reason to be concerned. Just to be sure, if you answered less than five, still have pest control take a look anyway.

Plug walls and crawl space

If your wooden walls are free of any holes, you are most likely free of pests breeding in them. If your home is simply irresistible to pests, however, chances are they get in through crawl spaces that lead to the outside. It may be out of your sight, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening: your furry or creepy neighbors have entered your warm humble home to live with you.

Check for holes and bite marks

Now that they’re in, your little critter friends want out—of your walls. And they’ll do everything just to break free. At the top of their mind is the idea to munch on your walls; it’s all to feel the warmth of your fluorescent bulbs. You’re smarter now that you’re in their head. So check every nook, cranny, and surface for holes and bite marks. If you’re sure they’re not your doing, they must be your pests’.

Prevent moisture in walls

Moisture attracts roaches. Remember roaches? They’re the non-lusty fast breeders you would want to have in your home the least. So you won’t be calling them to live in your home, you have to make sure that you have no dark, damp wall in-between that they can squeeze in. If you can’t do with a completely solid concrete wall, go for one that you’re sure you can always maintain hot. Yes, hot, so condensation doesn’t happen, which ultimately leads to moisture. If you can’t, you can just stick to the wall. You know you’re hot!

Schedule regular inspections

Ask for someone to come and check your walls. It’s a simple precaution that’s sure to save you from a lot of trouble and damage in the future.

If it’s not your dog scratching the wall, and you’re sure it’s not you either, then it’s definitely a pest in there. Call pest or termite control now!

6 Reasons why Joe’s Apartment is Totes Fictional

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Remember the 90’s cult classic movie that disgusted you to no end? It’s the very same one you watched despite having to sit uncomfortably through most of the movie and caused you to jump at the slightest brush of anything against your bare skin. Now you’re either thinking of the movie Willard or Joe’s Apartment, but between the two, we all know that the latter features the more disturbing pest — simply because cockroaches, unlike rats, can fly out of nowhere.

Although you loathed the whole idea of the movie, you sat through it to the end because at least a microscopic sliver of your consciousness was interested to see what would happen to—not Joe—the cockroaches. Up to this day, you still don’t understand why Joe didn’t even bother to call pest control! You would’ve, right? And this mere difference between you and him just strengthens the fact that the silly film is a total work of fiction.

What else? Here are still a few:

“Humans smush first and ask questions later.”,

sadly said a roach about humans not accepting their friendship. There is some truth to this, but it’s mostly off-base. We don’t smush first, we scream first. And then we smush. Isn’t that why you call your buff big bro to knock the living daylights out of any unwanted pesky visitor in your room? Funny, because then he’d swat your boyfriend with a rolled up magazine. But seriously, the moment we see a creepy crawly in our room, we either call for help or spring into action. Most people would not rest until that one roach they spot is dead. But nope, Joe just eventually gives up and befriends them instead. Go figure.

Cockroaches have the chance at dominating Broadway

That’s because, in the film, they can sing, dance, and speak. If they do that in real life, that would be the creepiest thing in the world. And you know if that ever happens, that the apocalypse is near. Doom shall befall us all.

We can all agree that it’s enough that the legged coffee beans, ruler of our nightmares, keep their hush. If they ever spoke to us —and imagine them having deep husky voices— our nightmares would be so fueled that our heads would burn in our sleep. There is an upside to them having voices though. We can hear them coming, for one. They’ll also be fun little things to bring to show and tell. Just imagine if you taught them a few languages, accents, and jokes! And what if you also taught a roach to be polite. Now they’d just be cuties!

But we digress.

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Roaches have green thumbs

Remember near the end where Joe’s bro roaches built a whole garden from scratch, in a snap? Now try to wait for your home roaches to do the same thing. All they do is live in the damp, dark corners of your house during the day, and then take a stroll through your kitchen at night. Neither can they process paperwork from the city hall, really, and do you know why? Because they don’t have thumbs, let alone green thumbs. True story.

Having “Shit” for a family name

No parent is that cruel. That is unless the word “shit” means something entirely different from its meaning in the English dictionary, say, maybe something close to “the chosen one”. In that case, it may be good to pass that shit! Unfortunately, Walter Shit still had to live with the name in America … at least, in the movie.

It’s obviously for comical relief, but still, it’s as fictional as fire-breathing pandas that glow in the dark.

Wait, what if the Shits do exist? Well then, this is one point for you, Joe’s Apartment!

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Your roaches are your best bros

Can they? Can they really be? Have you run out of people to hang out with? If so, then this might be true, especially since roaches outnumber humans by a value of something to one—no one really knows how many, as roaches do breed thousands by the second. If on the other hand, you can’t stomach living in your roach-infested home any day more, then roaches are far from being your best amigos. And stop trying!

Roaches save the day

In real life, only pest control can save the day.

Do you have any other qualms regarding the film Joe’s Apartment? Or broadway cockroaches in general? Rant about them on the comments section below!

“The More the Manier!” Pests that Attack in Packs

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Pests can be described by pretty much any bad adjective you can find in the dictionary, from appalling to yucky. They wreak havoc on your waking moments, and even in your dreams! Your precious sanity’s just tested whenever you spot one of them in what is supposed to be a human home… so imagine what more when they come out packs. Invasion is upon you, and soon enough your own house won’t fell like home anymore. Why, specific pests we’re going to discuss now, why?!

Termites

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These social creatures live and work together, helping their enlarged family to survive—enlarged family as in colony. It’s usually set right under your floors or in your walls—yikes! That’s why you have to call termite control here in the Philippines.

But it’s not just any other colony; it’s a smart one. See, termites stick to a caste system. They are classified into three types based on their functions: the worker, soldier, and reproductive termites. Together they feed, defend, and build their colony. And in good outdoor humidity and moisture levels, the reproductive termites go for it. That’s why they love the Philippines. Fascinating and frightening at the same time, as they have soldiers to defend themselves! Truly a colony tough for you to break down. But then again maybe you can just befriend them; after all, they are social creatures.

Cockroaches

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Everyone’s favorite bug! To kill. Roaches are a big family, and you know this even if you don’t see their lair—which is usually in the hidden, dark corners of your home; check at your own risk. Even if you think you have run out of roaches in the home, or that their visit was a one-time thing, well then you know nothing about them. Once momma and poppa roach have decided to relocate to your home, that means they bring the family to live with you.

See, momma and poppa roach may not mate too often, but when they do, momma’s sure to have more eggs laid than what you have in your fridge. And when the eggs hatch, you’re going to have their little angels crawling in your home, in a number that can equal or surpass the number of legs a millipede has. Soon every encounter with one is déjà vu, and in an endless loop—because, you know, they all look the same.

Ants

tumblr_nant1kHOvw1tjdhzyo1_500Ants are no simple bugs. Just like termites, their colony is unexpectedly clever, given their size. They, too, are social creatures.

Although ants share the basics of their caste system with termites, there are still differences, too. While termites have the reproductive caste, ants separate the male from the female, or the queen. They still share a job, though, it’s just that ants can have either one or more queens, and this affects how big their colony is. And in case you’re wondering where the other females went, remember the workers? All of them are females. Now as for the fathers? Well, their only purpose is to serve the queen. Once they do, back to dust they go. Suddenly recalling A Bug’s Life now, aren’t you?

Pests may be your worst nightmare, but they are living creatures too. You just don’t know it but they may have feelings, same as you do. Especially as they have families to care for. So take it easy on them. Enjoy their company—or not.

 

“Shooo-shooo!” Disposable Fly Trap to Keep Flies Away

UGH! Annoying flies hovering over your smorgasbord of roasted chicken, grilled beef, and smoked pork. These pests will really take your appetite away. Even in restaurants and food services, the sight of flies is a big NO. Indeed, companies should have flies control under its pest control services.

One of the best and environment friendly ways to keep flies away is a disposable trap. Though it is suited for getting rid of flies outdoors, a disposable fly trap is effective against most species of flies.

“Okay, I got it. But how does it work?”

Basically, a disposable fly trap consists of a plastic bag which contains some attractant. This attractant should be something flies find irresistible, such as food and feed ingredients and food flavoring agents. It will serve as bait for flies.

The attractants won’t serve as bait unless you add water to the bag and keep it under direct sunlight. Once the trap warms in the sun, the food flavoring agents inside it release a scent to attract the flies.

Because the scent is irresistible for the flies, they enter the trap, are trapped inside and eventually drown in the water.

But then, you can only use the disposable fly trap outdoors at least 20-30 feet away from any outdoor living spaces.

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“Sounds interesting. What are the pros and cons?”

Obviously, the disposable fly trap is environment friendly, ozone friendly and user friendly. The ultimate friendly way to get rid of flies pestering your home! Another obvious thing is it is non-toxic – just water, food, feed and food flavoring. There’s nothing dangerous about those things, right?

As you can see, disposable fly traps are easy to assemble and use. It has high efficiency as a single unit which lasts for a month can catch up to 20,000 flies. Woah there! That’s great savings for you as well, isn’t it?

Pesticide resistant flies? No problem. That’s what this completely disposable fly trap is for.

Also, the best thing about this kind of trap is it targets flies specifically, meaning it won’t harm precious flower-making butterflies and honey-producing bees.

However…

Uh oh. After a few days, the disposable fly trap will emit a very bad smell as bodies of flies trapped inside start decomposing. So throw it away as soon as possible!

Don’t forget to water the trap during summer as the hot weather causes the water to evaporate rapidly.

“Can I do it on my own?”

  • Of course! There are a lot of DIY disposable fly trap instructions available online, but for a start here’s a guide from lifehacker.com on making your very own soda bottle fly trap!
  • Remove the lid and label from a clean, empty plastic two-liter soda bottle.
  • Carefully remove the upper third of the bottle by cutting along its circumference at approximately where the top of the label used to be.
  • Put an attractive liquid such as orange juice or cider vinegar in the cup-shaped part of the now-severed bottle.
  • Turn the cone upside-down and insert it into the cup-shaped bottom part of the bottle. Seal the seam at the top of the bottle with duct tape.
  • Flies find their way into the bottle, but they can’t get back out. After most flies are trapped inside, simply seal the bottle in a plastic shopping bag and throw out.

 

Love your house but hate the house flies! These traps are definitely the best option if you want an effective, nature friendly and efficient way to get rid of flies outdoors. Have a happy home!

The Most Hated Insect in the World: 7 More Reasons To Hate Cockroaches

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Cockroach.

Just the word makes you cringe, even scream. You may not know much about this simple critter, but that doesn’t stop you from despising it with all your being. Those hairy legs, flat wings, and dark coffee tone are the makings of your nightmare.

Maybe you’ve woken up in the middle of the night to the pats of this fellow’s little feet on your arms—under your sheets. Or maybe your restaurant has been frequented by a new kind of customer—the health inspector—and he’s looking for a new item on your menu. You try to rid yourself of cockroaches, but you just don’t know which pest control to use best here in the Philippines.

Better understand why cockroaches are the loathsome bugs that they are before choosing your pest control.

They breed in thousands

Momma and poppa roach are not so busy at being a couple as they are of wandering around your kitchen and finding food. They mate only once but when momma roach pops out those eggs, she makes sure it’s a whole colony’s worth of little the. Think 300-400 and beyond. Development of the eggs to adulthood takes 3-4 months but once they’re fully developed, they can live up to four years. But that is, of course, if you don’t get them first.

They eat what you eat

Cockroaches are generally attracted to sweet and starchy food, called even by the smell. They crawl through your kitchen with or without you knowing. Think of the crumbs of your favorite ensaymada left on the floor, or your bowl on the sink, bits of rice left unscraped. Think of your trash bin, too. Is it left in the home and open? *Cue dundundun music here.

They fly and they’re fast

Roaches are already wicked and disgusting as they are, and you’d probably be alright with them crawling about as long as they don’t come near you, right? Of course (not). But then you see those flat, wisped wings you think are useless, twitch and then spread out. And the next thing you know, you’re screaming— a scream reminiscent of those in old horror films. Those wings are not so useless after all.

They live in clutter

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That black bag in your kitchen may be for your leftovers and wrappers, but to cockroaches, that’s paradise. Roaches also thrive in moisturized environments. Remember where you shower and relieve yourself? That’s most likely their playground.

They spread diseases

Since roaches are not particular with the surfaces that they crawl on, they can pick up and carry poison from one surface to another, including on your food. They are not like ants that are known to clean themselves, and the only thing they do that is slightly hygienic is relieve their bowels. So with roaches around, you cannot be certain you’re safe from typhoid, dysentery, polio, salmonella, eczema, or asthma.

They can last weeks without food

Eating is essential for living beings. For cockroaches, on the other hand, eating can be considered only a pastime. While they prefer sweets, they can also eat just about anything, from grease to glue—not the usual food for us. They can last weeks without food altogether, too.

They can live without their heads

Yes, you read that right. You and I need our heads for your whole body to function. As for cockroaches, they need their heads only for feeling with their antennas and for drinking with their mouths. They breathe with segments on their bodies, and do not really have a complex system for the brain to control so they can last a week without it. They only die later as they have no means of drinking water.

Cockroaches are freaks of nature that you must get rid of at all costs. It is difficult, as these critters have been roaming the world since the time of dinosaurs! But then again, so is your hatred for them, right?

8 Reasons Why Professional Pest Control Services Is Worth The Money

8 Reasons Why Professional Pest Control Services Is Worth The Money

Why is professional pest control service worth your money?

  1. With pest control, you don’t risk your health with the chemicals
  2. You don’t risk your family’s health
  3. Maximum effectiveness
  4. Accuracy in locating the source of infestation
  5. Saved time and effort
  6. Avoid further damage
  7. Avoid costly charges
  8. Free expert advice on how to prevent another infestation

We aren’t the only ones living in our house. No, I don’t mean annoying brothers or sisters couch potato-ing in our living room – I meant icky, crawly, pesky pests. Occasionally, we get a visit from a colony of uninvited guests like termites, cockroaches and even eww… rats. Worse comes to worst, these uninvited pests make a home in our own homes. And when we finally want to deal with these pests, we are faced with a dilemma: Do I call pest control services or just deal with it myself?

There are many reasons why most of us don’t call pest control services immediately. For most of us, it’s because we think it’s pricey hiring professional exterminators compared to just buying chemicals at the hardware and doing it yourself. D-I-Y is truly a cost saver, however, let me just give you 5 reasons why hiring professional pest control services is definitely worth the money.

1. With pest control, you don’t risk your health with the chemicals

There are a lot of resources on the internet on how to deal with pests the DIY way. But, as we all know, not everything on the net is accurate. There’s a reason why pest control is a knowledge-based work, it’s because exterminators handle some dangerous chemicals. And these chemicals aren’t to be handled by someone who just read something off the net without actually proper training on how to handle them. What if some of the chemicals accidentally spill on your skin, or you inhaled something poisonous? Don’t risk your health just because you want to save a couple of bucks.

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Speaking of health risks, think about your family. What if your little ones accidentally come into contact with these chemicals? If you are not aware of the necessary precautions, then this isn’t a far-fetched possibility. Most pest control chemicals are toxic and poisonous and this could spell really-expensive-hospital-bills if you’re not absolutely careful.

3. Maximum effectiveness

Market approved DIY exterminating products aren’t bad. In fact, most of them are effective. DIY may be a viable option if you’ve only got a small infestation to deal with – if you detected the pests early, then by all means save money with DIY solutions. However, if you’ve got a sizeable colony in your house, then you need a more effective solution. Pest control experts certainly have more experience dealing with pests more than you do – they which pesticide would work most effectively on a type of pest. Do you?

4. Accuracy in locating the source of infestation

Definitely, pest control experts are also much more knowledgeable about the source of the infestation, thereby making it easier for them to locate it.

Above all, it’s important to find the source first in order to avoid the pests from breeding again. Pest control experts can do the work for you, and even help you eliminate anything that may cause future infestations. This may include nests, pests’ eggs, soil, pet food, garbage and many others.

5. Saved time and effort

One thing that pest control can offer you is saving time and effort. This is particularly important given that the infestation may build up faster than you’d expect. Hence, it’s important to remind yourself that there’s only a few times that you can try and experiment on DIYs and fail at it.

Given the pest control experts’ expertise in the service, the application of the control plan is comparatively much safer, effective, and quicker. Thus saving you more time by eliminating the pests and creating a much cleaner and healthier environment for the family.

Typically, some pest control services are able to treat pest infestations within one to six hours, however, still depending on the severity of the said infestation.

6. Avoid further damage

Another valid reason to call for a pest control service is to avoid further damage. Particular infestations, such as that of termites and rodents, can cause severe damage on the foundation of your home, your furnitures, and even your precious appliances. Truly, it’s relatively more costly to have them fixed than hiring a pest control service.

By opting for a pest control service, you’d also be able to prevent any future damages on your property from the breeding colonies of these pests.

7. Avoid costly charges

By calling for a pest control service, you’d be able to avoid higher charges that they may ask from you in the event that the infestation becomes severe.

The pricing of pest control services may differ depending on the size of your property that is being infested, the type of the pest whether those are termites, rodents, or mosquitoes, the severity of the infestation, and of course, the experience of service that you’re hiring. The latter cannot be avoided given the training and the tools that they’re using to effectively exterminate the pests that are infesting your home.

8. Free expert advice on how to prevent another infestation

To guarantee the quality of pest control services, the exterminators usually leave with a very important parting gift – free advice. To ensure that you don’t make yourself a return-target of pests, exterminators tell you exactly where and how the pests are making their way into your house. You can prevent another infestation by blocking these areas or cleaning them. They will instruct you on how to make your house a non-appetizing food for termites. Be sure to listen and act upon these tips, lest you call pest control services sooner than expected.

Key Takeaway

Truly, hiring a professional pest control service can help you not only maximize the effectiveness of the treatment being applied, but also, avoid the risk of prolonging the lives of those pests by using the wrong method. Not only did you save your family’s health, but also your home from further destruction.

Got anything to add? Please let us know in our comment section below!

11 Ways To Keep Your Home Mosquito Free

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How to keep your home mosquito free?

  1. Use citronella candles
  2. Use bug zappers
  3. Call for pest control
  4. Keep ventilation devices close by
  5. Use garlic
  6. Put up a bat house
  7. Sprinkle coffee grounds
  8. Keep some plants on your window and balcony
  9. Try camphor
  10. Install screens on windows and doors
  11. Use lavender

The summer heat attracts more than beach bodies and party-goers to go out and play. The extra humidity also draws out mosquitoes into the fray. These pesky bloodsuckers bring a slew of diseases with them such as dengue fever, yellow fever, and malaria, to name a few.

You might find a few of these winged pests around and in your home, so how do you keep them away? Aside from the right kind of pest control, here are effective tips on keeping your home mosquito free.

1. Citronella candles


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Citronella is a natural plant extract that naturally repels mosquitoes. You can take that technique one step further by employing the use of citronella candles around important areas in your house. The heat of standard candles is good enough to repel mosquitoes and other winged insects, but the smell of citronella diffused from the burning candle will add extra defense to your home.

2. Bug zappers


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Flying insects cannot stand the blue-colored hue of a bug zapper’s light. Once they touch the wire mesh encasing the light, they are instantly electrocuted to death. The constant zapping sound you hear is a sign that pests are being dealt with. Place one inside and outside your house.

3. Hire pest control


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As mentioned above, exterminators will know what kind of non-toxic chemicals to use in and out your home to prevent mosquitoes, such as Cryonite. When dealing with mosquitoes, don’t just rely on D-I-Y methods. It’s best to consult experts on the matter.

4. Keep ventilation devices close by


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A simple electric fan or air-conditioning unit will drive mosquitoes away. How? Remember that mosquitoes are attracted to heat. They have heat sensors that can locate their prey due to the heat they emanate from their body. If an aircon unit or electric fan is in use, your body temperature will be cooled down. Ergo, mosquitoes will go “blind” trying to look for you or even avoid the cool area altogether.

5. Garlic


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Known for keeping a fictional type of bloodsucker away from you (vampires), garlic is also effective for driving away mosquitoes. The odor may be unpleasant, but it’s exactly that that repels mosquitoes from your home. You can crush them in water and spray them around your house’s nooks and crannies.

6. Bats, dude


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An interesting way of eliminating mosquitoes from your home is having bats. Yep. Bats can eat as much as 1000 mosquitoes an hour. All you need to do is install a bat house outside your yard, or call Batman to make one for you. Just kidding. Seriously, build a bat house. Weird, yes, but hey, if you’re open to the idea, why not?

7. Coffee Grounds

While it may seem surprising, coffee grounds have been proven effective in repelling mosquitoes from infesting your home. What you may just need to do is sprinkle a few grounds in areas where there is stagnant water existing near your home.

Basically what the coffee grounds do is that it makes the mosquito eggs float into the surface. When they do, they will run out of oxygen, leaving them to die even before they are hatched. This, then, prevents the mosquitoes from breeding further.

8. Keep some plants

One way to naturally prevent mosquitoes from infesting your home is to keep a few plants like citronella, marigold, lavender, lemon balm and basil. They are mosquito-repelling plants that are accessible and are easy to grow. You just need to strategically place them on your window sills and at the balcony.

For an instance, the catnip plant was found to be ten times more effective than DEET, a well-known ingredient in mosquito repellant lotions in a study way back in 2010.

9. Camphor

Camphor is said to be the most effective mosquito repellant among others. For starters, camphor is basically a waxy substance that is extracted from the Camphor laurel tree. Aside from its usefulness, it’s also versatile to use.

One of the many ways you can use it is through lighting a few pieces of it and leave it off in the corner where mosquitoes are most present. After a half an hour or so, definitely you’ll find the place mosquito-free.

Another way you can achieve the same results is to place a few camphor tablets in the corners of your room where mosquitoes are existent, leave it there and it will evaporate within the day. Thus making the area free of mosquitoes, and with cleaner air.

10. Install screens on your windows and doors

Among the most recommended ways to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home is to install screens on your windows and doors. But of course, you have to put in mind that this is the kind which is of quality and is actually designed for mosquito control. Otherwise, the mosquitoes will be free to make their way through there.

Aside from installing screens, it’s also important to maintain them. Seal holes and fix tears regularly to maintain the effectiveness of the screens.

11. Use lavender

Lavender is known for its mild, fresh, and soothing aroma. People are fond of this scent most, whether it’s a perfume, freshener, soap, or a beauty product, because it’s versatile and definitely a great addition at home. However, it isn’t the same for mosquitoes. They hate lavender. This is a good thing in preventing mosquitoes from infesting your home. You can safely add a few drops of the oil to a piece of ribbon and place it on open windows. This will effectively hinder mosquitoes from entering your home.

Key Takeaway

Candles, bug zappers, pest control, ventilation, garlic, lavender, coffee grounds, plants, camphor, screens, and bats. These are some of the ways you can keep your home mosquito free this summer. Know any more ways how? You know the drill: sound off in the comments section below if you have any tips or suggestions.

What Are The Different Kinds Of Termite Control?

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What are the different kinds of treatment used for termite control?

  1. Premise
  2. Ceptiva Dust
  3. Termatrac Detection Radar
  4. Sentricon
  5. Others may include: bait system, termiticide application, moisture reduction, fumigation, and orange oil treatment.

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” – Proverb

What that proverb means is that there is more than one way to approach a challenge or situation. You only need to broaden your horizons to reach the result you want. This same thinking applies to termite control. If you’ve encountered these nasty buggers in and around your home, we’re here to tell you that there’s more than one way to keep termites at bay.

Today, we’ll look at the different kinds of termite control, care of Topbest Philippines, and also according to the three different kinds of termite specie that may infest your home.

Premise

This innovative termiticide is the creation of Bayer Corporation. Premise is used to control termite infestations around your home. What experts do with Premise after inspecting the area is to evenly spread the odorless mixture on top of the soil. This treatment is called “Lateral Soil Movement”. The use of Premise is recommended for pre- and post-construction.

Ceptiva Dust

Produced by Baden Aniline and Soda Factory (BASF), Ceptiva dust guarantees termite colony elimination in just a few weeks! The dust is both a deterrent and pseudo-food source for these insects, the latter being formed by being mixed with a patented microcrystalline cellulose matrix. There are many patent lawyers for hire, who are always available and will be very helpful to get the patent right for your invention. The dust is inserted into ready-to-use vials, then placed inside a termite nest and tubes for swift results. The termites ingest or pass the mixture onto other termites (which are deadly to them either way), eliminating the entire colony in only 2-4 weeks.

Termatrac Detection Radar

Another way to deal with termites is to actually find out if these insects are invading your home. Topbest experts accurately pinpoint termite locations with the use of the Termatrac Detection Radar. Using technology similar to radar, this device is able to detect termites through metal, wood, and even cement. This achieved with the use of three high-tech sensors located at the base of the device. Once the termites are found, you can use methods 1 and/or 2 to deal with the infestation.

Sentricon

When the termite infestation is too much, it’s time to bring out the big guns: The Sentricon Colony Elimination System. This product set the standard for all other termite protection systems in the market. Before installation, a perimeter is first secured around your house, then an inspection is made to check for termite source points (this can be further verified with the use of the Termatrac detection radar.

Once these points are located, exterminators then drill holes into the earth and install the system. Each capsule is loaded with termiticide that is lethal to burrowing insects. These are then carried to the colony, efficiently eliminating them at the source. Regular inspections are then made to check the progress of the system.

Now, if we’ll base treatments according to the three main types of termites, the corresponding termite control should be as follows:

  • Subterranean Termite

Subterranean termite infestation may be solved through bait system implementation. A Topbest pest control expert may install bait systems around your home and keep track of these stations on a specific schedule to make sure that your house is safe from any possible termite infestation. Among others, this termite control treatment is known to effectively get rid of termites.

Another way to eliminate subterranean termites is through applying termiticide. As discussed above, premise falls under this category and can effectively avoid any potential subterranean termite infestation from around your home.

  • Dampwood Termite

This type of termite can be eliminated through moisture reduction. Well-known for its efficiency in controlling termite infestation resulting into termite-free environment, moisture reduction is widely used among pest control experts including Topbest.

This may include an increase in ventilation, repairing leaking plumbing and construction areas, checking of drains to ensure that these are working properly, and even adjusting construction elements to reduce contact with wood and soil, thereby avoiding potential termite access to your home.

Among useful products that can be applied in terminating dampwood termite infestation is premise.

  • Drywood Termite

For drywood termite infestation, there’s particularly a lot of professional pest control treatment that can be helpful. One of these is termite fumigation.

Termite fumigation is most used by professional termite control exterminators in the event that the infestation is severely damaging your home. While this may be highly effective, it’s important to note that this should only be done with the expertise of a termite control professional. Furthermore, upon application, family members should be out of sight as this may be risky for the health.

Typically, this is being performed through using a tent to seal the house. The tent is then secured with containers, in order to anchor it to the ground. Once the house is finally sealed, termiticidal gas such as that of methyl bromide is used and pumped into your house. Experts will also need huge fans in order to fairly distribute the gasses through every portion of your home’s structure.

A safer drywood termite treatment is orange oil termite treatment. While this may be a long-term solution, it’s a particularly great option for those who are opting to go green. As the name suggests, it uses orange oils that contain D-limonene in order to treat termite infestation. The treatment starts off by drilling holes into the infested area (wood), and consequently injecting the orange oils into those holes. Given that oil absorbs into materials such as that of the infested wood, it kills the termites as it makes contact with the oil.

Though there may be termites that wouldn’t probably make much contact with the oils, it can still die upon consumption of the wood, given that the wood has already absorbed the oils injected through the holes. After the treatment, the wood’s holes are then sealed.

Key Takeaway

Now you know the different kinds of termite control as utilized by Topbest Termite Control Philippines. If you know of any other kinds of methods you’d like to share or have any comments regarding this article, feel free to sound off in the comments section below.

Hey There, Filipino! Your Roles In Preventing The Spread Of Dengue

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What are your roles in preventing dengue in the Philippines?

  1. Spread accurate information through social media
  2. Avail pest control services to handle mosquito infestation effectively
  3. Attend seminars conducted in the internet or in your area, if possible, in order to be educated and well-informed of dengue
  4. Maintain cleanliness in your environment in order to avoid mosquitoes from hanging out in your place

If you see your children suddenly rejoicing from out of nowhere at home, you might want to check outside, fellow mother. If it’s unnaturally hot and school’s out, you know what time it is: summer time! Your kids are definitely thinking about gimmicks with their friends, summer camps, every day visits to the mall, and similar activities.

But summer vacations aren’t just avenues to relax and enjoy. The intense heat and additional humidity draw mosquitoes and dengue. Yes, summer time is also dengue prevention month. As a not just a concerned mother, but a Filipino, you’ve got to spread the word to protect your fellow countrymen. Today, we’ll look at how you can do just that with social media, pest control here in the Philippines, seminars/reading, and cleanliness.

1. Social media

One of the first roles you can play in preventing the spread of dengue is through leading information dissemination. The easiest way to do that nowadays is to log on your social media account (like Facebook & Twitter), get articles from the Internet pertaining to dengue prevention, and share them on your news feed for everyone else to see. Some of the resources you can check on are the Department of Health (DOH); and the Center For Disease Control (CDC).

2. Pest control

Another role you can take is being the home protector. As the summer months draw on, you can expect mosquito presence to increase in and around your home. Your best tool against these winged pests is a professional exterminator service. Hire one like Topbest. They have experts who will fog, spray, and mist your home to keep those dengue-ridden mosquitoes away from your home.

Basically, there are numerous types of pest control that experts make use of in order to kill pests that lounges in your area. Some of these include:

Biological pest control

This type of pest control uses other organisms such as predators and parasites to control and handle pests. While this may be harmless to people, this may create biodiversity once performed without accurate knowledge.

For mosquitoes, experts use Bt Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. Israelensis. It is a bacteria that can infect and kill mosquito larvae. They are put in water sources where the mosquitoes may breed.

It’s one of the most ideal methods of controlling and getting rid of mosquitoes that one can do today.

Eliminating breeding grounds

The most well-known type of pest control is eliminating breeding grounds. This includes proper waste management, and emptying items that may still hold water.

This is important given that this is where the infestation starts, still water which may serve as a breeding ground for the mosquitoes, and unattended garbage which may provide food and shelter to these pests

Space fumigation and treatment

Space fumigation is an effective way to get rid of mosquitoes given that it includes gas in the process, which may kill all life stages of the said pests. Space treatment on the other hand, includes fogging or misting that does not require people from evacuating the space. Basically, it uses liquid insecticides to perform the fogging or misting.

3. Seminars

If you don’t know anything about mosquitoes and dengue, then it’s time to put on your information seeker hat. As with the first role, you can find these kinds of seminars easily on the Internet. While you’re at it, spread the word on your social media accounts and invite your friends to join in, too!

Another way to do that is read up on pamphlets and articles you can find about the dreaded mosquito-borne disease. You’ll be arming yourself with vital information on how you can prevent dengue, which in turn will help you apply these in your personal life. Speaking of, one vital piece of information you can find is…

4. Cleanliness

Dengue prevention is possible once you are able to adapt into the role of sanitation expert. A major mosquito (and dengue) magnet is any small body of water. These places serve as breeding grounds for new mosquitoes to come alive. In order to prevent the spread of dengue, you’ve got to eliminate water from catch basins and puddles outside your home and cover all water containers inside. Be sure to mop up any spoilt H2O as well, just to increase your chances.

Some other ways that you can maintain cleanliness on your surroundings and within your home and prevent dengue are as follows:

  • Clean your yard. Those untrimmed bushes, stuck garbage on your garage, and the damp wood that’s been left sitting along with the garbage should be removed and thrown away. Start cleaning your yard and make sure that it would not serve the mosquitoes a comfortable place to live in. After all, mosquitoes are fond of dark and damp places.
  • Do not leave your doors and windows open. While a breath of fresh air early in the morning may seem a good start for the day, do not leave it open at most times. Experts say that there’s a common misconception about mosquitoes that they will fly away into the sunlight when you leave your doors and windows open.
  • Spray insecticides regularly. Regularly doesn’t mean every day, it may be after a day or two so as not to stuff your home with too much chemicals. Spray them on dark areas, corners, cabinets, and crevices where insects may most likely hang out. Surely, you’ll see tons of dead insects the next day on the areas where you sprayed the insecticides. Furthermore, avoid doing the routine at times where there’s a lot of people in the house. As much as possible do it when everybody’s not around to avoid them getting exposed to the chemicals.
  • Apply insect repellents regularly. Insect repellents with ingredients DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are the most effective in avoiding the risks of dengue. These ingredients help block the scent of the person against the mosquito’s sensors, thus avoiding mosquito bites.

We hope your children’s summer is fun and dengue free, as with your fellow Filipinos. If you know any other roles you can take to prevent the spread of dengue, let us know in the comments section below.

Be On The Safe Side: How To Protect Your Kids From Pesticides

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How to protect the kids from pesticides?

  1. Always keep pesticides out of their reach
  2. Keep them out if there’s a fumigation
  3. Seal the container tightly
  4. Tell your kids pesticides are not to be played with
  5. Mark pesticides
  6. Keep the pesticides in their containers
  7. Have your kids wash their hands regularly
  8. Look for pesticides with lesser toxin
  9. Let it dry
  10. Use bait stations as an alternative
  11. Separate your kids’ toys
  12. Maintain your dining area’s cleanliness
  13. Avoid allowing others to do the work
  14. Follow the instructions
  15. Keep your personal protection clothing and equipment (PPE) clean

Imagine this: It’s a nice summer day at home. Your husband is lounging on the couch reading a newspaper, you’re in the kitchen preparing a nice late breakfast, while your eldest kid is in front of the TV playing video games.

And where is your little tot? To your surprise, he’s holding a can of Baygon in his hand and is about to spray his mouth with the pesticide. You run to him immediately and grab the can away from his hand. Clearly, your child doesn’t know anything about pest control yet.

Ingesting pesticides will poison your child. How do you avoid instances like this from happening again? Today, we’ll look at ways you can protect your kids from pesticides.

Always keep pesticides out of their reach

Don’t just store these mixtures in drawers or closets. Make sure you place them in really high areas where they can’t easily grab them. It may mean you have pulled a chair to get these chemicals on your own, but at least you don’t have to worry about your children getting poisoned. An even better idea would be to lock the storage unit where you keep the pesticides.

Keep them out if there’s a fumigation

If an exterminator orders a full house fumigation to be done, get everyone out, especially your kids. Just like the example above, don’t let your children taste or even inhale, the toxic chemical that come from pesticides.

Seal the container tightly

This is so even when the kids grab a hold of the pesticide, they don’t suddenly dunk the liquids onto themselves or drink them. If need be, place tape around the cap so kids aren’t able to open them.

Tell your kids pesticides are not to be played with

Sit your children down and show them what pesticides are, what they look like, and why they can’t touch them yet. Go over this until he/she fully understands what you’re saying.

Mark pesticides

Alternatively, you can also take a marker and write something like “DO NOT TOUCH. FOR ADULTS ONLY” or “POISON. DO NOT DRINK” on the container so that kids are often reminded that this stuff is bad for them.

Keep the pesticides in their containers

In an effort to recycle and have more space at home, most moms place detergents and pesticides in water containers. For the sake of your kids, do not do this. It could be mistaken as a drink. For their protection, keep them in the original container.

Have your kids wash their hands regularly

Even dried pesticide can still have negative effects on children. Make sure that they regularly wash their hands after a long day out or being around the house. This is so the chances of them getting poisoned are greatly reduced.

Look for pesticides with lesser toxin

Toxin is often included in pesticides, not unless if it’s an organic solution. Given that matter, always look for the pesticide that has the least amount of toxin in order to avoid harm in the event that your child gets a hold of it. You may check the cover for a non-toxic label or lesser in toxin that may be indicated in the information imprinted in the product.

Let it dry

As you spray or apply pesticides, make sure to always leave the area to dry and avoid your children or pets from occupying the area. This will help them avoid the scent produced by the product and ultimately, avoid risks that these pesticides can cause.

Use bait stations as an alternative

It can be challenging to keep your kids away from pesticides, especially during the age where they love to explore and experience numerous things. With that in mind, opting for an alternative to pesticides may help you keep them away from harm. You can try using bait stations, especially in places where kids would most likely not occupy.

Separate your kids’ toys

As pest control experts try to fumigate the whole house, do not forget to cover your children’s toys and other materials that they are fond of using. As mentioned above, even dried pesticide can harm their health.

Maintain your dining area’s cleanliness

The dining area plays a major part in the safety of your kids’ health. This is due to the fact that whenever their food fails to make it into their mouth and falls onto the surface, they are most likely to reach for it and eat it. With that said, keep every dining area possible (areas where they are fond of eating on)  in order to avoid the negative effects of pesticides.

Avoid allowing others to do the work

If you or a pest control personnel is not around to do the work, avoid allowing others to do the job. This might only result in harm not only to their selves, but also to the whole household.

Follow the instructions

In applying the pesticide, it’s always important to follow the instructions. Not only will you save the kids from getting/inhaling the toxic ingredients, but also save the whole household from the reversed effect that your work would have caused in the environment.

Keep your personal protection clothing and equipment (PPE) clean

If you’re doing the work yourself, always make sure to use and clean a PPE to keep the people around you free from harm. Basically, PPE will serve as your barrier from the pesticide products you will be using. Hence, it’s important to make sure that after usage, you clean them thoroughly to get rid of the particles that may stick to the clothing. More so, upon laundry, ensure that these are separately washed from your family’s laundries.

By maintaining a clean PPE, your kids can avoid inhaling or getting a hold of the pesticide particles.

Key Takeaway

These tips will keep your kids healthy and safe from harmful pesticides. Do you know other ways to keep your children safe from these chemicals? Let us know in the comments section below.