Amazing Facts About Pests
  1. Cockroach

    There is nothing more disgusting pests such as cockroaches and we can find them everywhere around the world! They are yucky, disease carrier and hard to control, thus engaging a pest control operator is a must to eliminate these pest but wait..We only know cockroaches as ”cockroaches” but do we know their amazing facts?

    Species of cockroaches in Singapore

    1) American cockroaches

    2) German cockroaches

    3) Oriental cockroaches

    4) Brown banded cockroaches

    Heard about Surinam cockroaches? They are usually not consider a pest and normally can be found in the garden areas.

    Their amazing facts are; Their blood is white!

    A cockroach has a high resistant to radiation and it is an insects that ever survive in nuclear radiations.

    A cockroach can survive without a head for nearly a week and will finally die due to thirst.

    If you see white cockroaches, it’s normal as they shed their skin like snakes.

    Ever try to catch cockroaches? Yes they super fast and can change their direction 25 times per second!

    Cockroaches were ever use for medical treatment, try swallowing one or using their guts to heal your skin injury.

    Cockroaches are super lazy insects, they will spend 75 percent of their time resting but their antenna will be moving like a security camera.

    According to research, they existed since 280 million years ago before the dinosaurs!

    They are scavenges and will eat anything from fresh to decayed matters.

    Cockroaches can live without food for a month but will not stand a week without water.

    They can adapt to human environment and changes in habitat without harming them.

  2. Rodents

    Who they are? They are somehow label as a love and hate relationships. Why The meaning of rodents is characterize by their teeth called”Incisors” Why it is label as love and hate relationships? Some rodents species have been used or kept as pets (Hamster, rabbits) and helping us to save time, life etc…But for some they are pest where they can bring harm to human and the environment such as the Sewer rat, Roof rat, House Mouse. Worst still if this rat carry a flea (Oriental rat flea) on their body, these fleas can and ever caused a deadly plague on the 13th Century in Europe and was estimated up to 40 percent of their human populations perished.

    Their teeth won’t stop growing as they aged that is the reasons why they need to gnaw on something hard.

    They have a very bad eye sight and will depend on their sense of smell, touch and hearing to survive. Ever heard the children nursery song ‘’Three blind mice’’?

    They are a good swimmer and climber.

    In the lab its shows they can survive without sleep for 17 to 20 days.

    They are will be sexually active by the time they are 3 to 4 month old.

    In India, there is a temple dedicated to the goddess of Karni Mata and in the temple holds up to 20,000 rats! People around the world will come to pay respect to the rats as to their believed the rats are the reincarnations of Karni Mata and her protector.

    Rodent in Singapore
    1) House mouse
    2) Roof Rats
    3) Norway Rats

    Every heard and seen a House Shrew? No they are not rats but belongs close to a mole family.

    Rats eat their own feces

    Their urine can glow on the ultra violet light.

    A pet rat is loyal, intelligent and clean!

    They can swim for days without a break and will float for 3 days.

  3. Ants

    We will always see ants in our home, workplace etc… An ant comes from different colors, sizes, and species. Ever seen these ants appear all of sudden and we won’t know from where they come? But with patience and skills we can still detect their nest if we follow their trails and somehow they will just disappear if they enter went through any gaps that are unreachable. Let us share with you what they can do.

    Some species of ants in Singapore:
    1) Weaver ants
    2) Fire ants
    3) Pharaoh ants
    4) Crazy ants
    5) Sugar ants

    How about Termites, are they ants too? No, they are not ants but related to cockroaches.

    Ants don’t sleep.

    They work 24 hours without a break.

    They can lift 3 times their body weight this is due to their strong joins legs.

    They have about 250,000 brain cells compare to us!

    The workers play an important role in their colony not the soldiers!

    When a queen ants dies, the colony will die too as no new worker ants is born.

    Their sense of smell is a good as a dog.

    If a worker ant has found a good source for food, it leaves a trail substance so that the other ants in the colony can find the food.

    The most deadly and vicious ants is not the Fire nor Weaver species but the mighty “Army Ants” in South America. In one colony, it can hold up to 5000 to 18,000 members!) How bout 700,000? Yes there is speculation on that. They are so powerful that they can dissolve and eat the entire cow in matters of hours!

  4. Termites

    They have been around for over 250 million years, a queen termite can reproduce up to 30,000 eggs per day and have a life span up to 15 to 20 years.

    Species of common termites found in Singapore;
    1) Subterranean Termites
    2) Drywood termites
    3) Dampwood termites

    They’re always associated with ants but truly they are the same family of cockroaches.

    When they smell danger, the termites will bang their head to the wall to scare their intruder.

    There is 3 common species of termites, and they are subterranean, dry wood and damp wood.

    They feed on each other feces.

    Mounds that build by the termites is hard as a rock and can reach as high as 30 feet!

    They eat nonstop 24 hours a day.

    The most destructive species of termites are the subterranean termites.

    They never sleep and work 24 hours a day.

  5. Mosquitoes

    There are over 2500 species of mosquitoes in the world and they are responsible for more human death than other living creatures such as the lions, tigers, crocodiles and sharks.

    Common species of mosquito found in Singapore.
    1) Aedes
    2) Culex
    3) Anopheles

    Adult mosquitoes may live up to 6 month.

    Only female mosquito sucks blood but for male, they only feed on sweet nectar on a fruit or plant.

    Blood is the main source of protein and energy for female mosquito to survive and lay their eggs.

    Studies showed that there is no confirmation a mosquito can transmit aids in other words you can get aids if bitten by one.

    Diseased caused by mosquito and it can be fatal if not treated soon.

    They carry diseases such as Dengue, Japanese encephalitis, malaria etc…

  6. Bedbugs

    Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite. Yes we often listen to this when our parents tuck us in during bedtime. Yes bedbugs do bite at night and you will be bitten by them while you are sleeping and without knowing it. Bedbugs are traveler pest and will hide inside your clothing, luggages without you knowing it. So if you have bedbugs in your house don’t wait and call the professional pest control operator immediately as these pests are highly reproductive.

    They do not transmit diseases like mosquito, rats and cockroaches but may cause skin rash to sensitive skin like a swollen pores.

    It’s not easy to eradicate them once there is an infestation; a follow up is a must by your pest control operator.

    Without treatment, the can produce 10,000 babies in just in 3 month.

    They can survive long enough without food. Try 500 to 600 days?

    They are hard to detect without proper inspection.

    They can be found not only in homes but in the hotels, airplanes, restaurants, cinema etc…

    We have heard that applying kerosene will help to eradicate them, the answer is no. It is dangerous due to fire hazard.

    They can provide DNA in a crime scene.

    They can suck blood up to 7 times its body weight.

  7. Flies

    Studies shows there are over 300,000 species of flies worldwide and most of us have dealt with this pest. Appended below are a few facts for your reading pleasure.

    Flies species that can be found in Singapore
    1) Common House fly
    2) Flesh fly
    3) Bluebottle fly
    4) Fruit fly
    5) Sewer fly

    The wings will beat up to 200 times per second and they stop immediately when they landed.

    They have over 4,000 lenses per eye and like us they have two sets of eyes. Their vision is very poor even with over 4000 lenses. Still they are good in detecting movement and you will be breathless after killing one fly.

    They have a clumsy pattern while trying to take off. How about a slow mo camera footage and you will know why.

    They lay their eggs, defecate and vomit on our food so please do not leave your food openly if the vicinity of your areas is full of fly activities.

    They have a glue like substance on the pads of their feet (Like Spiderman) that help them stick to surfaces.

    In their lifetime (One month) they will lay up to 3000 eggs.

    Their maggot can be used to treat wounds.