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I use household insect repellent products; do I still need pest control?

Yes, household insecticides available in the market offer short term solutions which only kill pests you see but spare those which are hidden. Professional pest control like Niche Services identify various types of pests annoying you, where they are located and plan an elimination strategy that provides you a long lasting solution.

Can I apply pesticide on my own or should I call a professional?

Some pesticides can be applied by you, by following instructions on the label; this is fine if it is for a small area. Niche Services pest managers are best suited to carry out pest control for you entire home. We are specialists, highly skilled in pesticides and their use; we have access to professional equipment and products not available over the counter and know the best techniques for treating your pest problem and in a safe manner.

Are chemicals used in pest control safe for humans and pets?

Yes, as long as you follow instructions and advice by our Pest Control Officer. We always try to minimize the risk to pets and other non target animals when laying poisons. We will instruct you on safety issues regarding pets and children when poisonous pesticides or insecticides are used.

Will the pesticides or insecticides applied inside cupboards contaminate food?

No it will not. The gel / paste are only applied to areas where insects congregate or harbour, like cracks, crevices or hinges.

Will pest control be a messy affair? Do I have to move all household things during the procedure? Do I have to be away from the house after pest control?

Not really, advanced technology enables non-messy treatment. Pesticide gets applied to spots where pests are likely to be active or hidden. Chemicals used for termite control is odorless but drilling into walls and floor has to be carried out. Those who are allergic to noise and dust are advised to stay away during the treatment.

Moving into a new home. When is the best time to do pest control?

We suggest that the pest control be done after all work like painting, landscaping and final clean up has been completed, preferably a few days before moving in.

Is there are way to keep pests from entering my home after the pest control procedure?

Yes, a few steps can ensure pests are kept at bay; this will benefit your health too. Have mesh doors that stay closed all day thus keeping out insects and mosquitoes. You can also put mosquito meshes for your windows. Avoid storing things in wooden boxes and do not let water stagnate around your home.

What are the various forms pesticides come in?

Pesticides come in two forms: concentrates and ready-to-use (RTU). Some concentrates are mixed in recommended doses with carriers such as water or solvents to achieve a diluted liquid that can be sprayed, injected or applied to target areas, while certain concentrates, in powder form, need to be mixed with a bait material before use. Concentrates as well as RTUs are available in liquid, powder (dust), gel, granular or cake form. These can be applied through various means such as sprayers, dusters, specialized applicators or manual placement.


BED BUGS

These are small, elusive, and parasitic insects of the family Cimicidae. They live strictly by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. The name 'bed bug' is derived from the insect's preferred habitat infesting houses and especially beds or other common areas where people may sleep


TERMITES

These mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and about 10% of the estimated 4,000 species (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests.


ANTS

They form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals.Ants thrive in most ecosystems. Ants attack and defend themselves by biting and, in many species, by stinging, often injecting or spraying chemicals like formic acid.


COCKROACHES

There are about 4,000 species of cockroach, of which 30 species are associated with human habitations and about four species are well known as pests. Cockroaches live in a wide range of environments around the world. Pest species of cockroaches adapt readily to a variety of environments, but prefer warm conditions found within buildings. Many tropical species prefer even warmer environments and do not fare well in the average household.


SPIDER

These are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica. Although spiders can live almost anywhere in the world, some like it where it is very humid, and some like it where it is very dry. Some spiders live underground and catch their prey by jumping out at them. Others live in trees and capture their prey in their webs. Others live in our houses.


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