Common places where insects/mosquitoes like to hide in your homes - Theo10 | Made-In-Singapore Skincare Products

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Rise of dengue cases in Singapore

About 10 months into the pandemic, amidst the circuit breaker back in May-June, Singapore saw an increased trend in the number of rising dengue cases. 

2020 saw the highest record of increase in the number of dengue cases in Singapore with the cumulative number of dengue cases for this year (as of 17 Aug 2020) stands at more than 25,000. 

Whilst NEA is working with all Town Councils to step up dengue prevention efforts islandwide, all residents, especially those living in dengue clusters areas, should do the three protective actions listed below, to protect themselves and their loved one against dengue.

Protective actions against dengue: ‘Spray, Apply, Wear’ or SAW in short

  1. Spray insecticide in dark corners around the house
  2. Apply insect repellent regularly
  3. Wear long-sleeve tops and long pants

Top places where mosquitoes/insects hide in your homes

Basement

A basement provides two things insects crave: darkness and dampness. If your basement is moist, run a dehumidifier to help dry the air. Check all plumbing for leaks, and seal any entry points insects might use. Grab a shop vac every few weeks and remove visible insects and Spiders. Use a flashlight to inspect dark corners and beneath appliances, including a tank hot water heater.

Insects that hide in basements include

:Millipedes, Centipedes, Pillbugs, Silverfish, Spiders, Crickets, Ants

Attic

Despite temperature extremes, attics offer insects shelter from the elements. If your attic contains a stash of boxes and other unused items, the area becomes even more welcoming. To keep insects out, screen vents. Clear clutter; if you don’t use it, donate, recycle or toss it. If wall voids open into the attic, seal them to reduce insect migration within walls.

Insects that hide in attics include: Asian Lady Beetles, Boxelder Bugs, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, Silverfish, Spiders

Baseboards

The space behind wall baseboards or trim usually operates like an insect hotel, hosting all kinds of critters that crave tight spaces. Insects that don’t live behind trim frequently use it as a highway to get from place to place. Many times baseboards float just above the floor or carpet, giving insects easy access to these tight quarters. Use a crevice tool to vacuum along trim, a job you should tackle weekly. Keep trim dusted; a vacuum brush attachment makes that task easy. Look for insecticides specifically labeled for use along and behind trim.

Insects that hide behind baseboards include: Boxelder Bugs, Carpet Beetles, Clothes Moths, Book Lice, Cockroaches, Ants, Crickets

Wall Voids

Insects like the microclimate and rough wood surfaces found in spaces behind walls. These voids provide insects hidden access to multiple rooms or living spaces. To treat interior wall voids, direct insecticide into the space by drilling a hole through drywall. This job is most often done by professionals who have access to insecticides developed for use in wall voids.

Insects that hide in wall voids include: Asian Lady Beetles, Boxelder Bugs, Bed Bugs, Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, Silverfish, Cockroaches, Spiders, Centipedes

Bathrooms

The moist, humid environment of a bathroom extends a cozy welcome to insects. Keep your bathroom clean and vacuum up dust and loose hair regularly. Replace the cap on the toothpaste (some Ants love this); rinse cups and turn upside down to drain. Check all plumbing for leaks, and wipe down shower stalls, tub floors and sinks before bedtime to reduce available water for thirsty insects.

Insects that hide in bathrooms include: Crickets, Silverfish, Cockroaches, Ants

Clutter

Boxes, stacks of newspapers and even dirty laundry on the floor offer shelter for insects. When new insects find their way into your home, if there’s ample clutter on the floor, they’ll find it easier to move in undetected. Keeping your home neat and clutter-free is a simple prevention against invading insects.

Insects that hide in clutter include: Spiders, Silverfish, Book Lice, Cockroaches

Trash Cans

A trash can is a buffet for foraging insects. Use a trash can with a sealed lid to keep insects out of garbage. Rinse out food containers and wrappers to eliminate potential food sources. Carry household garbage out regularly, storing it in your outside trash bin until pickup day. Regularly rinse household trash cans with a weak bleach solution to eliminate possible insect eggs and crumbs.

Insects that hide in trash cans include: Ants, Cockroaches,Spiders, Flies

Recycling

Rinse all items that head for the recycling bin to remove food or sugary residue. Sloshing a little soapy water or vinegar in recyclables makes them less appealing to hungry or thirsty insects. If you’re storing recyclables inside, take time to clean items well to avoid drawing insects.

Insects that hide in recycling include: Ants, Roaches, Centipedes, Spiders, Flies

Clothes Closets

Insects that feed on fabrics find the warm, dark, seldom-disturbed environs of a clothes closet a wonderful haven. Clean closets regularly, and retain only clothing that you wear. Always launder or dry clean new or used clothes before adding them to your closet.

Insects that hide in clothes closets include: Moths, Ants, Cockroaches, Spiders, Silverfish

Pet Food

Open bowls of pet food and water extend a warm invitation to all kinds of insects, especially when they sit open all night long. Store dishes overnight in sealed containers; keep pet food supplies sealed at all times.

Insects that hide in pet food include: Ants, Cockroaches, Flies

Bug-Proofing

When you know more about where bugs like to hide, you have a better chance of getting rid of them. Start looking for areas that might be attractive and inviting to bugs, and take care of them.

  • Door seals: Check all the doors on the exterior of your home and look for gaps. Use a threshold and/or door sweep to fix gaps beneath the door. Weatherstripping can improve gaps elsewhere.
  • Windows: Screens on windows prevent bugs from flying in, so install them! Installing a screen is a simple DIY task.
  • Spot trouble: Walk around your home and look for problem areas. Overgrown and shadowy areas attract bugs, as do standing pools of water. Even a small pool of water will draw insects. Keep pools and hot tubs covered when not in use. Eliminate bird baths, fix poor-draining areas, and you’ll have fewer mosquitoes hanging around.

Insect-elimination service

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THEO10 and RON9 have recently launched a Nano Aerial Catalytic Liquid + (NACL+) service. It is a Disinfectant and Repellent Fogging service that provides disinfecting surfaces as well as repelling mosquitoes which lasts for 30 days. It utilises the electrostatic charges technology to coat surfaces in an area which allows the area to be disinfectant and mosquito-free.

The fogging services will not only kill or repel mosquitoes, it will also disinfect the whole area which is extremely important during this pandemic.

In addition, the fog is extremely safe when it comes into contact with human skin. The reason is because we do not use harsh chemicals in our mosquito repelling agent such as DEET. DEET can be a strong chemical which causes skin reactions such as skin itchiness, red patches or even rashes.

In extreme rare cases, DEET seems to have been related to the cause of seizure of children and eventually death. While there has not been direct scientific proof that DEET harms the nervous system, it can be acknowledged that long exposure of DEET on the skin would cause irritation to the skin.

Hence because our product and mosquito repellents are DEEt-free, it is family-friendly especially those who have extremely sensitive skin or babies at home.

Notes: 

  • It will leave the area a little foggy for an hour for the electrostatic attraction to take place fully. 
  • Leaves users with a pleasant pandan smell.
  • A small amount of liquid will be enough to cover the whole room.

Ingredients include: 

  1. QAC (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds)
  2. Neem oil
  3. Pandan extract
  4. Distilled water

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Adapted from:

https://www.bioadvanced.com/articles/top-places-insects-live-your-home

https://www.doityourself.com/stry/where-are-the-bugs-hiding