What Pest Control Method Are Utilised to Get Rid of Pests?

Posted on20 Jan

For many of us, urban pests do not invade our homes frequently enough to be any real cause for concern, as long as we practise good hygiene habits. However, with climate change well and truly upon us, we could see an increased demand for pest control services in Singapore. In fact, just a 2°C rise in global temperatures is enough for insects to receive one to give additional life cycles each season. Warmer seasons also extend the “hunting” period for mosquitoes and fly populations could also increase exponentially in the coming years. With this trend set to continue in the foreseeable future, it’s important to get up to speed with the different types of pest management methods that a pest control company in Singapore tends to employ in order to deal with these unwanted critters.

Fumigation 

Fumigation

Not to be confused with fogging, which you can often observe in your neighbourhood after receiving an all-too-familiar notice to seal your rubbish chutes, fumigation is usually carried out in enclosed areas under a controlled environment, where said area is filled with gaseous pesticides to thoroughly snuff out infestations on surfaces and even insects within the structure of the building, such as termites. The pesticides are allowed to settle inside the area before being let out through ventilation and being deemed safe for humans to enter the area once again. Fumigation is also commonly used in areas where crates of produce are awaiting exportation to other countries in order to prevent exotic diseases from spreading internationally. Because of the potentially hazardous nature of this process, only NEA-licensed pest control companies are allowed to carry out fumigation.

Additionally, The downside to fumigation is that the pesticides used are often solvent-based, which leave an oily aftertouch to the surfaces that they permeate. To remedy this, RidPest employs the revolutionary MIRAKN CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Applicator, which does not contain solvent-based pesticides. This keeps the fumigated area cleaner and safer, which is important in places like hospitals or schools, where vulnerable people like children and the elderly are.

Poisoned Bait

Poisoned Bait

Poisoned baits are a common pest management tool used to kill pests like ants, cockroaches, and even rodents. Chances are, you have probably used ant and cockroach poisoned baits in your own household as these infestations are common and the respective poisoned baits are also readily available in your local supermarket. Which cockroach poison tends to be more instantaneous, ant poison requires more time to take effect. This is so the worker ants can carry the poison back to their nest, spreading it to the rest of the colony. Rat baits, however, are usually more complicated and are often performed through pest control services instead.

Of all the different methods of pest management, poisoned baits are the more environmentally friendly option as they do not require pesticides to be released into the air, many of which are harmful to humans as well. They also tend not to trap other innocent animals as compared to glue traps, for example, which have caused quite a media stir in recent months for that very reason.

Larviciding

Larviciding

In a tropical (read: hot and humid) country like Singapore, mosquitoes infestations can be a major issue if not contained in time. There are several methods that pest control companies use, one of which is larviciding. The process does exactly what its name suggests — killing mosquito larvae before they are able to grow into adults. If you’ve come across pest management staff spraying liquid into drains and other common mosquito breeding grounds, this is what they’re trying to do.

Larvicides come in two forms: liquid and solid. The latter is often contained in tablets, granules, and pellets, all of which are also applied to areas where mosquitoes commonly lay their eggs. Mineral oils and films can also be applied to a water surface which will then drown mosquito larvae and pupae. This is also the only effective method to kill mosquito pupae.

Ultimately, some infestations are manageable and some are just beyond your control. For peace of mind and the assurance that the infestation has been thoroughly dealt with, consider engaging a pest control company with the experience to get to the root of the infestation and weed it out once and for all. Check out our site for more information about the different pest control services that we offer.

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