Cat Flea Treatments

Cat flea, a tiny little pest that measures at 1 to 2 mm in length, is usually brown to black in color. Its extremely flat body makes it incredibly hard to spot in a cat’s fur coat. Such flea is host to domestic cats and kittens. The female of the species will lay her eggs on the host, and these eggs will then be transferred from the host to the surrounding environment. The flea has three pairs of legs that are designed for jumping from one cat to another or even to a human being. Cat Flea is renowned for its jumping ability; therefore, the first sign of a bad infestation indoors will always manifest as a bite on a person’s leg within the region of the ankle.   

 4 Steps to Solve Your Flea Issues, and 2 Steps for the Professionals

  • First, all cats and kittens in your home should be treated for fleas by a qualified veterinary surgeon.  
  • Warmly wash all beddings, fabric fittings, cushion covers and curtains thoroughly. Vacuum the mattresses, sofa sets, cushions and all fabric furnitures, particularly under the cushions and the crevices where the eggs might be.
  • Vacuum all carpets on a daily basis, and remember to dispose of used vacuum bags. 
  • Steam-clean carpeting and fabric fittings.  This will eliminate any remaining eggs laid by the fleas.
  • It is necessary to put all your fabric furnitures, such as sofas, armchairs and footstools, in direct sunlight for at least 2 to 3 hours in that the extreme heat from the rays can kill them.   
  • Hire a professional pest controller to treat the indoor areas. At any rate, please note that this step should be accompanied with all the other steps stated above. The flea treatment should be done after the other steps have been carried out.
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How to Solve Your Gnat Problem

Gnats, or typically called fungus gnats, are tiny little pesky winged insects that look black in color and have long legs. They like to hang around in humid areas such as potted plants, moist soil, trash cans, food spillage, and the like. They are attracted to fruity scents as well as body heat. Here are some methods you can use to get rid of these vexatious dipteran flies.

(i) Bug Zapper – You can buy a bug zapper machine for use in your home. It operates quietly and is able to catch a large number of gnats.

(ii) Apple Cider Vinegar – Take a bowl, pour in half a cup of warm water mixed with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 6 drops of liquid dish soap and a tablespoon of sugar. Place the bowl of mixture in the area where there is a lot of gnat traffic. The sugary content will lure the gnats into the mixture and, once they dig in, the sticky dish soap will ensnare them and subsequently drown them.


(iii) Fly Paper – You can use the adhesive fly paper to catch gnats. Once these bugs come into contact with the paper, they will get stuck or glued onto it and will be unable to break free. Hang some of these fly papers at places where the gnats frequent. You can also use a window fly paper where the entire window is covered with a sticky sheet.

(iv) Wine trap – Instead of using apple cider vinegar, you can use stale or expired wine. Pour some of the wine into a vessel and mix with some drops of dish soap, place the solution in gnat-infested area and wait for the result. You can make as many as these traps as possible.

(v) Candle trap – Well, this solution is considered an urban legend. Place a candlestick in a small pan, fill the pan with water, light the candle, and switch off the lights. The gnats will be drawn to the flame and they will either get themselves burned alive or fall into the pan’s water and drown. Beware of fire hazard for using this method.

(vi) Chemical spray – Use a bug killer insecticide and spray at gnat-infested areas.

References:
https://www.countryliving.com/home-maintenance/g27683756/how-to-get-rid-of-gnats/
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/fungus-gnats.htm (Image source only)
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Tips on Getting Rid of Bedbugs

Bedbugs are one of the most difficult pests to control not only because of their tiny size and hugely populated numbers but also their insanely swift reproduction cycle, not to mention the fact that they are everywhere! Ergo, to completely get rid of them is an almost impossible task. The worst news is that they are immune to numerous kinds of treatment when they are in larval form. To effectively control them will require a number of endeavors and it can take weeks and even months to see the result, depending on the extent of the infestation; in a nutshell, a one-time treatment job will not do them justice.

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First and foremost, the infestation area of bedbugs must be identified and inspected to ensure better control of them. Necessary treatment will be carried out upon detection of the infested area (What sort of treatment are we talking about here? We’ll come to that later below). Items that are infested with bedbugs but cannot be treated must be isolated and placed in a sealed plastic bag until the bedbugs in it are dead (well, the period of time it takes for such isolation and the demise of the bugs vary and can possibly take up to a year!). An alternative way is to discard the infested things (if they are not so valuable to you), seal them up and place them in the trash can.

There are few methods to treat bedbugs:

(i) Non-chemical treatment – “Expose” the bedbugs to high degree of heat or extreme cold temperature at 0o F.  Seal the items infested with bedbugs in a black plastic bag and place the bag under direct sunlight or place it in a fridge for 4 days; if the temperature of your refrigerator is not set to 0o F, it will have no effect in killing the bedbugs. Such methods won’t be able to help you to totally eliminate the bedbugs but their numbers can be greatly reduced.

(ii) Chemical treatment – Engage a pest control professional who will use different kinds of chemical to properly control the bedbug infestation. However, treating bedbugs is a long-term monitoring process which will require cooperation between both parties, i.e. the customer and the pest controller, and each party must do his or her part in properly controlling the infestation of bedbugs.

(iii) Gadget – Place bedbug interceptors under the legs of furniture for catching bedbugs and preventing them from climbing up to the furniture as well.

References:  
http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs/do-it-yourself-bed-bug-control#identify
https://www.healthline.com/health/bed-bug-bites (Image source) 
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/bedbugs-feces-histamine-infestation (Image source)


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How to Choose Your Ideal Termite Control Specialist

In order to protect your valuable property such as your home and office premises, it is important to engage a professional pest control company.  This is to safeguard and maintain the value of your investment by preventing and eliminating your pest problems.

Here are some useful tips to help you to carefully select a good pest control company.

Tip 1
It is best to ensure that your selected pest control company is professionally certified.

Tip 2
Even if you do not have a known pest problem, which can be extremely difficult to discover on your own, for example, in the case of termite infestation, it is advisable to contact a professional to visit and inspect your premises, for this will protect your home and workplace and thus give you peace of mind.

Tip 3
The termite expert will be able to recognize the obvious and even the not so obvious signs of infestation.  He should have complete termite knowledge and be able to discuss it with you expertly.  He should be up to date on all forms of advanced termite treatment and prevention, and the equipment used should also be up to date with the latest technologies of termite treatment and prevention.

Tip 4
When the termite professional arrives, the first task he should perform is a complete examination of your premises.  He should try to identify the source of the infestation and look for things that are drawing the termites to your home.  He should also check to see if there is an infestation anywhere else on your property, in a stump or tree, for example.  Termites thrive in humid, moist, environment.  The termite expert should report these and other related discoveries he has made to you.

Tip 5
If you are unfortunate enough to have an infestation, the termite specialist should then be able to speak knowledgeably about the best solution for your particular termite problem. They should have a plethora of solutions and suggestions for you to allow them to implement to get rid of the termites.

If you haven’t found a suitable pest control company to service you, AntiPest would like to offer its professional services to you. Please call 03-8023 1888 to make an appointment today or visit www.antipest.com.my for more information.

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Methods to Get Rid of Skeeters

Mosquito away

There are a number of conventional and unconventional DIY methods to render those vexatious and disease-ridden mosquitoes back away from you and your family.  Check them out below.

(i) Avoid wearing dark-colored clothes because mosquitoes are attracted to them.

(ii) Stay away from beer in that mosquitoes crave for beer drinkers, in particular.  To be utterly safe, stay sober at all times and avoid any alcoholic beverages.  At any rate, treat this as an urban legend.

(iii) Mosquitoes love to come out from dusk to dawn.  So it’s best to stay indoors protectively when night falls.

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(iv) Mosquitoes are attracted to floral scent emitted by the nectars of plants.  Hence, it is best to stay away from places grown with fragrant flowers.

(v) Rub orange and lemon peels all over the exposed areas of your body to keep the mosquitoes away.

(vi) Grow some specific mosquito-repelling plants in your yard.  Plants that mosquitoes hate are Citronella, Lemon Balm, Catnip, Marigold, Basil, Lavender, Peppermint, Garlic, Pennyroyal, Rosemary, and Geranium.

Having mosquito problem?  Call AntiPest (03-8023 1888) today for your practical and professional mosquito solution.

References:
http://www.naturallivingideas.com/11-plants-that-repel-mosquitoes/
https://columbiamosquitosquad.wordpress.com/category/barrier-sprays/
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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Fleas (Part 2 – from Your Home)

To reduce or eliminate the flea problem in your house, the following methods are suggested.

(i) Wash your linens on a regular basis. Bedclothes, couch cushions and other garments must be washed regularly. Linen items that are infested with fleas are recommended to be washed in hot water in order to kill off the fleas as well as their eggs.

(ii) Vacuum your house. Use a vacuum cleaner regularly for it can suck up the fleas and their eggs. Vacuum your upholstery, carpet and the entire floor thoroughly; for hard-to-reach areas such as cracks on the baseboards, use the hose attachment on the vacuum cleaner. After vacuuming, be sure to empty the vacuum bag outside the house.

(iii) Diatomite. Scatter some diatomaceous earth over the areas in your house where you have seen the fleas. This magic powder can corrode their exoskeletons when they get into contact with it and thereby exterminate them. As a safety measure, wear a mask when you apply the diatomaceous earth. Leave the powder there for 24 hours and then vacuum it clean.

(iv) Use baking soda or salt. Put some baking soda or salt on your rug or carpet. These ingredients will dry up any flea eggs on the carpet and kill them. Leave the baking soda or salt on the carpet for 4 hours or overnight and vacuum it up after that.

(v) Dehumidifier. Fleas love to live in humid environment. Use a dehumidifier in your house to render the air drier so that they will find your home less habitable.

(vi) Mow the herbage. Your garden can also serve as a potential habitat for fleas. This is because the tall grass shelters them from the hot sunlight. Mow your lawn regularly to ensure that the herbage stays short.

References:
https://www.wikihow.com/Kill-Fleas-Naturally
https://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=16463 (Image source only)
https://outlinist.com/best-dehumidifier/ (Image source only)
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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Fleas (Part 1 – from Your Pets)

Fleas are one of the most painful nuisances that are hard to get rid of completely not only due to their extremely tiny size but also their unimaginably huge numbers. Their reproduction rate is almost beyond terror; a female flea can lay 25 eggs a day, so if you have an unknown number of female fleas in your home, the number of flea residents in your house could reach up to thousands if not million within a month!

Thankfully, there are several natural methods to help you reduce your flea problem if not totally eliminate them.

(i) Bathe your pet using natural solution. If you own a pet, check whether your pet has fleas on it & treat accordingly. Place fresh rosemary sprigs in two and a half cups, cover them with water and boil for half an hour. After that, mix the boiled rosemary water into a gallon of warm water. Finally, pour the mixed water over your pet while it is still warm. Alternatively, you can mix warm water with gentle foaming soap to bathe your pet. Either solution will have killed a number of fleas after the bath; however, you still have to remove their eggs from your pet. Use a flea comb to comb your pet’s fur carefully to get rid of the eggs as well as all other traces of fleas.

(ii) Create your own flea repellent. Apply some lavender essential oil to your pet’s back and neck for it can repel and kill fleas. Another solution is to put 5 drops of Eucalyptus oil into a cup of water and place the resulting mixture inside a spray can. Use it to spray your pet thoroughly to ward off the fleas. Please note that the above-mentioned oil treatments can be used on dogs only and not cats.

The treatments suggested above are not one-time solution and they must be repeated at least once a week to avoid recurrence of flea problem.

References:
https://www.wikihow.com/Kill-Fleas-Naturally
https://fleascience.com/flea-encyclopedia/flea-infestations/how-fast-do-fleas-multiply/
https://housemethod.com/pest/what-do-fleas-look-like/ (Image source only)
https://www.kitchensanity.com/food/what-is-a-sprig/ (Image source only)
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Disturbing Facts You Don’t Want to Know About Rats

Rats are one of the “amazing” pests and you will agree to this when you find out the following little-known facts about them; some of these facts, however, can be pretty disturbing.

(i) Rats love to bite humans when they are asleep. They especially like to go after humans who have been bitten by rats before; this is as if you have been marked after first bite to “facilitate” future attacks. Their favorite human body parts to crave are the face and the hands. Suggestion to wear “real mask” & gloves when you go to bed?

(ii) Some rats have kangaroo pouch and can sense tuberculosis. The body of this particular subspecies measures 18 inches in length and has around 3 pounds in weight. Their distinguishing feature – a kangaroo-like pouch on the body! What is more amazing are their capability of detecting tuberculosis; such unique gift is faster and more accurate than the medical test of this disease. You can’t keep them as pets, however, as they are also the culprits of transmitting monkey pox!

(iii) Rats will die if they stop chewing. Why do rats never stop chewing? That’s because their teeth never cease growing during their 7-year life span. If they stop chewing, their teeth will overgrow into their brain and consequently kill them! This is why they have to constantly gnaw on things in order to exercise their teeth on a frequent, non-stop basis.

(iv) Rats have teeth of steel. Their open-rooted teeth and jaw muscles are structured in a manner that runs all the way up to their eye sockets. Such biological tooth structure enables them to gnaw through wiring and even concrete! Imagine what they can do to human flesh!

(v) Rats can climb up the toilet and bite your butt. Flushing them down the toilet into the sewage system won’t do any good as they are born Olympic swimmers. Be sure to look next time when you lift the toilet seat, you wouldn’t want any uninvited guest to accompany your sh**ty business.

(vi) Rats pee very often – about 80 times a day! Ergo, prepare to clean your house often too.

Having rat problem? Contact AntiPest today at 03-8023 1888 for our professional rat control advice and solution.

Reference:
https://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-facts-about-rats/cynthia-griffith?page=1
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Tips on Getting Rid of Silverfish (Part 2 of 2)

(iv) Diatomite is an irritant that can severely dehydrate silverfish once they come into contact with the powder. Spread some diatomaceous earth at places where silverfish lurk. Remember to wear mask and gloves when applying diatomite.

(v) Make a simple sticky trap using paperboard as a base and put some sticky glue on it. Place as many traps as possible in areas where silverfish appear. They will get stuck to the glue. Mix some pesticide with the glue so that this will not prolong their suffering once they get caught into it.

(vi) Use baking soda to kill silverfish. Add baking soda to a small bowl of water, mix with honey & finally use a wooden spoon to stir the mixed content thoroughly. Apply the mixture on bookshelves, furnishings, cupboards, areas under sinks, in bathroom, and the like. Silverfish will die from ingesting this specially made paste.

(vii) Bait them using a glass trap. Use a tall glass and put some bread at the bottom of it. Create several of these glass traps and place them at the infested areas at night (this is because silverfish are nocturnal pests). Once they climb into the glass, they’ll not be able to climb out due to the slippery surface of the glass. Dispose of the glass together with the trapped silverfish in it outside of the house in the morning next day.

References:
https://www.almanac.com/pest/silverfish
http://manvspest.com/get-rid-of-silverfish/
https://housewifehowtos.com/clean/how-to-get-rid-of-silverfish-and-keep-them-away/
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Tips on Getting Rid of Silverfish (Part 1 of 2)

Silverfish, one of the nuisances in pest family, measures about half inch in length, ranges in color from dark silver-blue for adult to pale silver for adolescent, has a scaly appearance with two antennae on the head and two to three prongs on the tail. Do not underestimate their reproductive ability, for a female silverfish can lay 2 to 20 eggs per day; in a few weeks, you will have enough population of silverfish to organize a bash in your home.

Silverfish live in dark and moist areas. You can usually find them in bathroom, closet, under sink, basement, and laundry room. They love to gnaw on books, paper boxes, wet wood such as damp windowsill, and cupboard. It is not easy to catch them somehow because they like to scamper around in the dark and, by the time you turn on the lights, they have already gone into their hideouts.

Here are some of the methods you can adopt to rid of silverfish.

(i) Silverfish dislike the smells of peppermint, citrus, camphor, lavender, and rosemary. You can create a repellent out of them by mixing these organic substances with water into a spray can and spray at the infested areas. Alternatively, you can grind these herbs into powdery form and sprinkle them on the silverfish nests. You can also place these herb leaves into sachets and hang them in closets, cabinets, on bookshelves, and around the dark and damp areas of the house. Another way is to dip some cotton in these herb oils and wipe around the infested areas or place the soaked cotton balls at their hideouts.

(ii) Use air conditioner, fan or dehumidifier machine to lower the humidity level inside your house. Remember to seal off the cracks and crevices on the walls with caulk before you do the dehumidification.

(iii) Vacuum your house thoroughly. Vacuuming helps to reach the hard-to-access places (such as narrow openings and holes) and suck out the silverfish as well as their larvae. Dispose of the sucked silverfish and eggs in a proper manner by placing them in a plastic bag, seal the bag and discard it in the trash can.

References:
https://housewifehowtos.com/clean/how-to-get-rid-of-silverfish-and-keep-them-away/
https://www.almanac.com/pest/silverfish
http://manvspest.com/get-rid-of-silverfish/
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