Rodent over Termites: Philippine Control in Pests has Never Been This Good

Rodent over Termites: Philippine Control in Pests has Never Been This Good

Which types of rodents will be good as pets?

  1. Gerbils: Gerbils are hyperactive pets that are entertaining to watch.
  2. Guinea Pigs: Adventurous and friendly rodents that love to explore.
  3. Hamsters: Playful pets at night.
  4. Mice: An entertaining pet to watch.
  5. Rats: These make good pets if these are domesticated.

 

While doing proper pest and termite control in the Philippines is a need in every Filipino home, there are rodents that you don’t want to kill. In fact, there are a few species that actually make good pets! These are the following:

Gerbils

Gerbils make decent pets, however, they tend to bite their owners unless they’ve gotten used to this in their earlier years. This means that if you happen to find a gerbil roaming around your home, then it might be better for you to contact pest control services instead. Or you may ask your neighbors if they happen to lose one.

For those who want gerbils as pets (instead of pests), you may want to head over to your nearest pet shop, so you can be assured that it will grow tame and does not have the tendency to bite you!

As pets, gerbils are really fun because they are super hyperactive. This is why if you happen to have one, be sure to invest in a good hamster wheel or a hamster ball so they could entertain themselves.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs

If you’re looking for a less bite-y version of a gerbil, then you should get a guinea pig! These pets rarely bite and are more social. In fact, they love to be cuddled and may whistle at you when they recognize you as their owner! Just be sure not to turn them on their backs; they hate that and find it annoying.

If you are planning to be a guinea pig owner, then you might want to prepare a huge habitat for them since they love to have a lot of space. If you couldn’t afford to give them that, then provide them with a ball that will let them roam around your house to satisfy their need for exploration.

Hamsters

Like gerbils, hamsters tend to be nippers – unless they were with you since they were a youngling. However, there is a bit of difference and it lies to them being less social than gerbils because they are nocturnal creatures by nature. This means that you won’t be able to interact with them much during the day. But do expect them to be playful while you are asleep. Thus, you will want a mouse wheel that isn’t so squeaky. It’s better, actually, to get them a cage with a lot of tunnels so that they can play around without making too much noise.

Mice

Mice

Naturally, mice are not fond of being handled so you need to keep them in their cage. In fact, it may take them up to 3 weeks of regular contact for them to give you their trust. Instead of trying to hold them within this time frame, show them that they can care for them by properly feeding them and providing them with a nice habitat. Afterwards, you’ll find that you will be able to handle them without them nipping you. Although, watching them could be entertaining enough because much like hamsters, they can be quite playful.

Are you looking to be a pet owner of your very own Stuart Little? Be sure to head to a pet store and try not to domesticate just about any mice roaming in your home. After all, you never know what kind of diseases it might bring you and your family.

Rats

Yes, companies that do termite control in the Philippines have these animals on their main target list. But, they can be domesticated from a young age (by a pet shop). All you need to do is socialize with them. If you do so, then you will quickly find out that they are very intelligent beings. Also, they can be trained, if you give them time.

Both males and females make good pets, but the males tend to be more relaxed. They are also very flexible creatures so you can play with them during any time of the day. Rats have the urge to play and exercise, so be sure to give them lots of toys.

 

Key Takeaway

As you can see, not all rodents are pests. Even rats can be pets if they are domesticated. So, especially when you have rodent pets, hold off for a while on calling the best pest control services. At the very least, talk to them about what you can do to ensure the safety of your rodent friends while driving away the intruders.

Termite Control Philippines: Harmful Chemicals for Your Pets and What to Use Instead

Termite Control Philippines: Harmful Chemicals for Your Pets and What to Use Instead

What are the chemicals that could harm your pets? What are the alternatives you could use instead?

  • D’Limonene and pyrethrin – are often used for managing fleas, but are harmful to cats. Use flea traps or diatomaceous earth instead.
  • Fertilizers (with herbicide 2, 4-D) – are hazardous to dogs. Use corn gluten instead.
  • Garden baits (containing metaldehyde, methomyl, carbofuran, coumaphos, cythioate, diazinon, famphur, fention, phosmet, and tetrachlorvinphos) – are harmful to both dogs and cats. Use fly baits or mole traps instead.

 

Pest control is a must in every household; it ensures that your abode remains clean and pest-free. However, you wouldn’t want it to suddenly turn into pet control, which can be a possibility if you aren’t careful with the products you use and how you apply them.

Truth be told, there are a few chemicals being used to exterminate different insects, such as mosquito spray and termite spray in the Philippines, which may harm your furry friend(s); but don’t worry since this is totally avoidable. You could easily protect your beloved pet from them by learning more about these chemicals. Apart from that, you could turn to other alternatives that will not only prove to be beneficial in your pest control, but also will not be dangerous for you and your companions – human and animal alike.

To help you out in this endeavor, here is a list of chemicals in various kinds of pest control that you may want to avoid as well as the alternatives you could use:

Flea Control

Flea Control

The pest that is most challenging to control for many is fleas. While the chemicals used to combat them are labeled as “natural,” these can still be toxic to your pet. This is because of a chemical called D-Limonene. This is derived from citrus peels that naturally combat fleas, but are toxic to cats. Formulations with essential oils are also hazardous to felines. Also, be aware of “all natural pyrethrin,” since this has toxic chemicals for pets.

Instead, you can choose to use flea traps and diatomaceous earth. The former is a safe device that you plug in to control the population of fleas. Meanwhile, the latter is a natural substance that can kill fleas, as well as ants, roaches, and sow bugs.

Fertilizer

Fertilizer

Often times, fertilizers are combined with herbicide 2, 4-D (aka weed and feed). However, it was found out that this could cause malignant lymphoma in dogs and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in people. It was also learned that dogs will have two times the risk of developing the disease if their owner used the chemical fertilizer in their yard for four or more times a year. This is because dogs don’t use footwear when going to the garden. They would, often, get exposed to the hazardous chemical.

A good alternative would be corn gluten. It is non-toxic compared to weed and feed. It’s safe for pets and has become widely used on residential lawns, schools, and golf courses.

Garden Chemicals

Garden Chemicals

Some gardeners and homeowners would use herbicides, insecticide baits, sprays, and granules. Unfortunately, they have no idea that they could have negative effects on their pets.

Slug and snail baits contain metaldehyde, which is lethal to dogs if ingested. If untreated, then the canine may experience rapid seizures and heat stroke symptoms. Usually, infected pets would need hospitalization for 24-72 hours.

Fly baits and insecticides, on the other hand, have methomyl or carbofuran. This can cause seizures and respiratory arrest in both dogs and cats. The insecticides, in particular, are deadly because of the presence of organophosphate, which can lead to chronic anorexia, muscle weakness, and muscle twitching for weeks.

You should also watch out for these names:

  • Coumaphos
  • Cythioate
  • Diazinon
  • Famphur
  • Fenthion
  • Phosmet
  • Tetrachlorvinphos

These things could cause seizures and shaking because of continuous nervous transmission to tissue, muscles, and organs.

Alternatives to these chemicals are the following:

  • Flies Be Gone – These traps are great baits for flies because it uses non-toxic sterilized food.
  • Holey Moley – These are great for fighting off moles because it uses natural ingredients.

Key Takeaway

Naturally, pet owners love and care for their furry friends. They would want to make sure that they remain safe from harmful objects, such as chemicals, that could result into their demise. If you are one of them, then take note of all the alternatives you could use instead of the chemicals listed above.

“Good Kitty!” 5 Pest-Control Pets to Protect Your Home

Household pests are not a death sentence for your home; we have so many choices when it comes to dealing with them! For instance, if there’s an infestation of termites in your home, you can easily ask for help from your local termite control company. Or in case your garden plants are being attacked by leaf-eating insects, you can place a complementary flora beside it, since companion planting is a natural method of pest control used by agricultural and horticultural experts around the world. Sometimes, though, your own pets want a piece of the action. They want to help, they truly do! Not only would they do it gladly on your behalf, but they can also set on the task with ruthless efficiency.

Below are some of the pets we keep at home that help out with pest control:

Cats

cat-mouse.jpgCat

No better pet can help you reduce the levels of your rat problems to zero! Our feline pals can move quickly and stealthily, and they are able to catch their prey using sharp claws and teeth. Their mere presence is enough to make rodents tremble, making these vermin leave the house. Aside from rats, felines also have their eye on cockroaches (although you might not like watching your pet play with such disgusting insects. Some cats are even agile enough to catch birds while it’s midair (they have some sort of strategy for that).

Dogs

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Sometimes cats themselves can be pests though, especially stray ones. Are you having trouble with cats who mess up your backyard by picking on your trash bin? Your canine buddy would be more than willing to help you out! Dogs are ever man’s best friend, and they’ll ward off anyone and anything they think is unwelcome to your home. The only downside is they might not be as quick-footed as those stray felines they’re trying to catch; on second though, that’s probably a good thing because you only want the dogs to scare the cats away, not murder them!

Snakes

snake pet

Believe it or not, snakes are becoming common pets, especially corn snakes and ball pythons. In fact, a captive breeding industry was initiated to meet the rising demands for domesticated snakes, since these are more docile than their wilder cousins. They require low maintenance and even lesser space. As for diet, snakes have an infrequent feeding schedule, so you don’t have to worry too much about their food. Among pests, they eat rats, birds and various insects. However, live feeding can be dangerous for them so don’t attempt it unless you’re absolutely sure can handle it.

Turtles

turtle

Aside from aquatic plants, turtles are also known to eat insects, snails and worms; their diet basically depends on their habitat. They make fascinating pets, and they can live for decades if well cared for. The only downside with taking care of these shelled creatures is their maintenance; they require a tank with a water heater, filter and basking area.

Birds

bird

Intelligent and elegant, birds make great pets. While most domesticated birds tend to be herbivores, there are some species that are known to include worms, and insects in their diet. They also need less maintenance and but a larger living space in order to live happily. Just make sure that their out of your cat’s reach in case you have a feline buddy at home.

These are just some of the examples of common pets we know of that can help us get rid of pests in our home. And while they do help you in dealing with vermin, don’t forget that their first job is to be your pets, and pest control only comes second. Never risk the lives of your pets for strange creatures that might possibly be venomous. Better rely on pest control for serious infestation problems!