5 Common Pest Infestations During Renovation
During the renovation process, it is common for various pests to invade your home unnoticed, becoming new residents of your newly renovated space. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 common pests that can be encountered during renovation, allowing you to be prepared in advance and prevent any future pest problems.
Latridiidae is known as damp bugs. As the name suggests, they mainly thrive in damp and moldy environments, often found in wooden floors and structures during renovation periods. They feed on fungi and mold that grow on wood or indoor walls. Once your home becomes a breeding ground for these damp bugs due to a humid environment, they can reproduce at an alarming rate and become a significant problem in your residence.
Booklice is one of the common pests found in Hong Kong households, characterized by their small size and difficulty to be seen with the naked eye. Booklice primarily survive by feeding on paper fibers and mold. During the process of moving to a new home, people often tend to place infrequently-read books and paper documents in overlooked corners of the new residence.
When the home becomes excessively humid due to weather changes, fungi, mold, and mildew tend to grow on books, papers, interior walls, wallpapers and even construction materials such as adhesive. Mold growth becomes an ideal feeding ground for booklice. While booklice do not bite humans or transmit diseases, their excessive presence can significantly impact your renovation projects and daily life.
Another common pest is fleas, and their presence during the renovation period is often due to the construction materials such as plaster, the movement of people and the introduction of infested items like cardboard boxes. Fleas can transmit various diseases through biting and blood-sucking. They continuously crawl on the skin, causing irritation, itchiness, restlessness and even insomnia. In severe cases, flea bites can result in allergic dermatitis or anemia due to constant blood loss from the bites.
4. Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood. They typically hide in the crevices of mattresses, bed frames, and furniture. The areas they crawl over often have a distinctive odor. Bed bugs are adept at hiding and prefer to be active in darkness. They feed on sleeping humans and can survive up to 180 days after a single blood meal. Their nesting sites are marked by dark brown or black fecal stains.
New wooden furniture can also become a habitat for bed bugs. They may have already hidden in the crevices of the furniture during the manufacturing process or during transportation from the wood’s country of origin. Bed bugs can be introduced through various transit points and distribution centers, potentially coming from other countries. They wait for the opportune moment to feed on blood while hiding in crevices.
The humid weather in Hong Kong provides an ideal breeding environment for bed bugs. Once the infestation becomes severe, it can seriously affect the health of your household.
Termites are social insects that primarily feed on wood and other materials. They have astonishing destructive power and can silently damage the entire structure of a house and furniture. They have a high reproductive capacity, so once signs of termites are detected, it is likely that the infestation has already invaded the home.
Many homeowners and businesses arrange for comprehensive termite prevention projects before moving into a new residence or opening a company for business. Professional teams utilize advanced termite detection instruments to trace termite trails, nests, and entry points. They identify potential breeding sites and conduct pre-emptive treatments for the unit’s structure and renovation materials. This proactive approach aims to protect the property from future termite infestations and prevent potential long-term consequences.
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Johnson Group is committed to providing eco-friendly and sustainable pest control measures that prioritize the health and well-being of your family and pets. We understand the importance of preventing disease infections and the spreading of bacteria and viruses caused by pests such as mosquitoes, termites, cockroaches, and bed bugs.
To achieve this, we employ physical methods and low-toxicity pesticides in our pest control practices. We carefully select low-toxicity pesticides that effectively target pests while minimizing the risk to humans, pets, and the environment.
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