HDB pest control is important for a clean home. You don’t want to switch on your light at night and see a six-legged creepy crawly scuttle across the floor. Or worse, have to report a rat infestation. What’s ickier is that there may already be some of these unwanted guests living in some dark corner of your home without your knowledge.
Several types of common household pests in Singapore include ants, lizards and cockroaches. Lower-floor HDB units are more susceptible to pests as they can crawl up and enter through windows or the rubbish chute.
When not managed properly, these household pests can multiply rapidly and you may need to call pest control services. Let’s take a look at what attracts common household pests into the home, what you can do to prevent them and when to call in an expert.
HDB Pest Control in Singapore: How to Prevent or Get Rid of Ants
- Clean up food crumbs
- Buy ant bait
- Spray DIY home solutions
- Call pest control if you see Pharoah ants or have an infestation
Generally harmless, the most common type of ants found in many households are ghost ants or sugar ants that are attracted to sweet food. The most obvious step is to clean up any food crumbs and keep all food storage containers sealed properly.
If you spot signs of a slight infestation, you can easily buy ant baits from supermarkets or online retailers. There are also natural DIY quick-fix solutions – though not scientifically proven – that you can try such as spraying a mix of vinegar and water near ant trails or boiling lemon or orange peels as the oils in the peels are supposedly toxic to ants.
There are other more dangerous types of ants that may invade your home. Pharaoh ants are yellow or light brown in colour and may bite, while carpenter ants, which are larger in size, are attracted to moisture and chew through wood.
One thing to know is that pharaoh ants are resistant to insecticide and spraying them will only scatter them to other parts of your home. If ant baits and DIY methods don’t seem to be working and you see new ant trails popping up, it’s probably a good idea to call pest control services.
HDB Pest Control in Singapore: How to Prevent or Get Rid of Lizards
- Lizards are generally harmless
- If you want to get rid of them, spray mosquito repellent
- Or place garlic pieces and/or eggshells near their hideouts (usually dark, damp places)
- Call pest control if you spot eggs and baby lizards
If you’ve heard a high-pitched chirping in your home, it’s most likely a lizard making that noise. The common house lizard is generally a harmless household pest. However, their droppings can contain bacteria which can make you sick.
Lizards usually come in through cracks and gaps in the house. They tend to live near water sources and prefer damp and dark places such as under the kitchen or bathroom sink. They also like to hide under the refrigerator or furniture and near plants.
However, lizards can be beneficial as they eat flies and other small insects. In fact, having them in your home may even be a sign that there are other insects around.
If you want to get rid of them, DIY solutions include spraying mosquito repellent or putting some garlic pieces or eggshells near their hideouts as they hate these smells.
One or two lizards are no cause for alarm but if over time, you notice more baby lizards around, there could be a nest somewhere and it’s best to call in a professional.
HDB Pest Control in Singapore: How to Prevent or Get Rid of Termites
- Keep home clean and dry
- Check all wooden furniture and dark, moist places
- Do not spray insecticide
- Call pest control if you have an infestation
If you start seeing any long brown trails that look like dried mud, it’s most likely a sign that termites have invaded your home.
They can come in through gaps in the wall or structure and travel through mud tubes to feed on wooden furniture and take food back to the queen. Termites prefer dark and moist places so the extent of the infection may be even worse than what you can see.
The first thing is to not spray the tubes with insecticide as this can scatter the termites to other areas. Check all wooden furniture near the tubes. It’s probably better to dispose of the entire piece of furniture if it has already been infested.
Your best bet is to call in pest control services to manage the problem and they can check if termites have infested other parts of your house too.
In the future, try to keep your home as dry as possible and regularly check that there is no leaking from pipes or air-conditioners.
Tip: Call your local Town Council if you need to dispose of any bulky items that have been infected as they can do it for free!
HDB Pest Control Singapore: How to Prevent or Get Rid of Cockroaches
- Keep rubbish chute area clean
- Check wet areas of your home regularly (toilets, mops, etc)
- Use cockroach bait
- Call pest control if you spot eggs or have an infestation
Living with roaches is an absolute nightmare and the fact that these creeps are so resilient and can still crawl around even after dousing them with insecticide makes it even more stressful.
Cockroaches are attracted to dirty environments and they can come in through the rubbish chute, especially in older HDB flats with one inside the home.
Sealing up your rubbish chute isn’t ideal because you still need to use it. You can clean the area, empty your bins regularly, wash dirty dishes thoroughly and check areas near moisture (mops, pails, toilets, washing machines, etc) regularly.
You may have heard that using pandan leaves can help repel cockroaches but this just drives them away to somewhere else. Cockroach baits work for the occasional roach or two but if you spot cockroach eggs (which look like little brown capsules) you’ve got an infestation on your hands and it’s best to call in the professionals.
HDB Pest Control Singapore: How to Prevent or Get Rid of Mosquitoes
- Turn any unused pails and flip over flowerpot plates
- Regularly change the water in vases
- Spray insect repellent on yourself
- Use mosquito traps
- Burn mosquito coils or use natural oils with scents such as peppermint, citronella, lavender, and lemongrass to ward off mosquitoes
- Grow herbs such as mint and holy basil to repel mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are pesky insects whose bites leave a swollen, red itch. Inconvenient itching aside, mosquitoes can more worryingly spread diseases such as dengue, Zika, and malaria.
You can use natural repellents and oils such as citronella, mint, and lemongrass to ward your home from mosquitoes.
You’ll also want to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by preventing pools of still water from forming. Did you know that mosquitoes only need a few drops of water to reproduce?
For those who grow indoor plants, you’ll want to check your flowerpot plates and change the water in flower vases regularly. If you are found to have bred mosquitoes in your home, you could face up to a $300 fine.
HDB Pest Control in Singapore: How to Prevent or Get Rid of Rats
- Keep rubbish chutes and food areas clean
- Try natural solutions like peppermint and white vinegar to repel them
- Do not try to catch them yourself
- Call pest control if you suspect an infestation
- Red flags include rat burrows, droppings, rub marks, gnaw marks and squeaking sounds
Like cockroaches, rats thrive in dirty environments and carry diseases. They seek out food, water and shelter and can usually be found near rubbish chutes and bin centres. They can also enter the home through the roof, sewers, windows and grease traps.
According to National Environment Agency (NEA), rat burrows, rat droppings, rub marks, gnaw marks and squeaking sounds are all signs of an infestation.
Don’t attempt to catch them on your own as you don’t know what kind of diseases they could be carrying. You can buy mouse baits (although some are not very humane), or try natural ingredients such as peppermint and white vinegar to repel them. But if there are more rats, a pest control service is your best bet.
Need a Pest Control Service ASAP? Contact Sendhelper
Having creepy crawlies about at home can quickly turn life into a nightmare and you may need some professional intervention like Sendhelper.
Sendhelper is a professional home services brand provider that can aid you in managing your home. If you are worried about the costs, Sendhelper provides the best pest management solutions at reasonable pricing for different property types. You can also engage them for cleaning and deep cleaning services.
For more property news, content and resources, check out PropertyGuru’s guides section.
Looking for a new home? Head to PropertyGuru to browse the top properties for sale in Singapore.
Need help financing your latest property purchase? Let the mortgage experts at PropertyGuru Finance help you find the best deals.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information only. PropertyGuru Pte Ltd makes no representations or warranties in relation to the information, including but not limited to any representation or warranty as to the fitness for any particular purpose of the information to the fullest extent permitted by law. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided in this article is accurate, reliable, and complete as of the time of writing, the information provided in this article should not be relied upon to make any financial, investment, real estate or legal decisions. Additionally, the information should not substitute advice from a trained professional who can take into account your personal facts and circumstances, and we accept no liability if you use the information to form decisions.