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Singapore’s hot and humid weather makes it the perfect breeding ground for pests, as anyone who’s ever had a cockroach or termite problem would know.
For most homeowners, dealing with infestations is usually done after the fact in an attempt to salvage an already bad situation.
Much like going for a health check up to nip any problems in the bud, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to pests. The problem is that most people think it’s unnecessary… until it’s too late.
Key hotspots in the home
The problem with dealing with pests, especially when you live in a big house, is where on earth do you look in the first place?? One of the most common causes of infestations in Singapore is termites, and as you might very well know, these little creatures aren’t exactly very easy to spot.
While you aren’t going to be able to prevent everything on your own, it’s important to recognize the areas in your home that are more susceptible to infestations.
Some key hotspots include the following:
- Doorframes – These are often made of wood, which makes them a breeding ground for termites.
- Windows – The same goes for window frames, which can get infested from the inside out.
- Walls, pillars and ceilings – Pests can enter wall panels, pillars and ceilings from the inside, and potentially damage electrical wiring.
- Bedroom, bathroom, storeroom, kitchen/dining area, living room – Most of the rooms in your home are at risk thanks to the high heat and humidity in Singapore.
- Garden/outdoor area – Pests can attack not just inside the home but also outside it.
- Roof/attic – Roofs and attics are often neglected, which means they can become infested without your knowing it.
Common misconceptions about treating pests like termites
Many Singaporeans are reluctant to call pest control professionals until an infestation occurs, thanks to many misconceptions such as the following:
1. The type of treatment methods used for preventive and corrective pest control are the same – No, corrective pest control actually uses much more invasive treatment methods. Preventive pest control is therefore advisable as it is much better for your home and health.
2. You can solve the problem on your own – Many people try to set traps or get rid of the pests they can see with the naked eye. However, this usually fails to address the root issue. For instance, entire termite colonies live underground and their populations can grow to millions.
3. You can find a termite colony on you own – No, you probably can’t. Termites can travel upwards and sideways, and an underground colony might be located a few hundred metres away from your actual home.
4. A one-time treatment is definitely enough – In reality, the number of treatments required depends on many factors. Some pest control solutions are one-time, while others need to be carried out regularly in order to ensure maximum efficacy and to help you get the best value out of the treatment.
How much could it cost to replace your damaged home items?
So, the real question is: how much will this cost you if you wake up one day and find a termite infestation in your house? Termites can be both financially and structurally damaging to you, and fixing the damage can certainly be a frustrating and costly process.
Here’s a little snapshot of the cost of replacing some of the items in your house (but you can be sure it’s going to cost much more than this):
|Item||Cost of replacement|
|Doorframes||$650 – 950|
|Parquet Flooring (600 sq ft room)||~$2,400|
|Bedframes||$700 – 2,000|
|False Ceiling (higher than 8.5ft)||~$1,000|
|Bedside Table||$200 – 350 per set|
And these are just the big(ger) items. Imagine all the smaller items that you would have to replace as well should the infestation cover a much larger area!
What can you do to prevent termite infestations?
The first step to preventing pest infestations is to schedule a home inspection from pest control professionals like Rentokil. The inspection will reveal the risk areas in your home and any existing infestations.
You will then be advised as to the preventive (and, if necessary, corrective) pest control measures to take to ensure your home stays pest-free for a long time to come.
In terms of cost, pest control prices can vary based on a case-by-case basis depending on the extent of the infestation, which is also why taking preventive measures is quite important.
Do you have a termite infestation?
Here are some examples of programmes you might want to consider.
- Termite protection programme – Rentokil’s termite protection programme comes with up to 7 years’ warranty, and can be undertaken post-construction.
- Termite baiting program – an innovative, safe solution that is non-toxic to seek, bait and manage a termite infestation problem
- Drywood termite foaming treatment – an enhanced formulation used in residual spraying to penetrate and expand deeper into difficult to reach spots
Being proactive in preventing infestations before they happen is really the best way to avoid the distress of finding one in your home, not to mention the cost of treating an infestation and rectifying damage, which could means spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on repairs and replacing damaged furnishings.
Click here to protect your home with Rentokil or call (65) 6347 8138 for any questions you might have about pest control.
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