SEASONAL TRENDS OF BED BUGS IN THE UAE

Like most other pests, bed bugs proliferate during the summer and hibernate in winter. But since they live indoors, they can bite you anytime, irrespective of the season – though less often in the colder months. 

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are flat, tiny oval-shaped insects that mostly infest beds, curtains, cushions, carpets, and other soft furnishings. They grow 4-6 mm long and have a reddish-brown colour. These parasites live solely on human blood and can even go without it for several months.

Are bed bugs a seasonal pest?

Bed bugs behave differently in different climatic conditions. They are more active when the weather gets warmer. In spring and summer, they feed frequently, breed rapidly and travel long distances by hitching rides on travellers. 

As the temperature drops, their metabolism slows down. They feed occasionally and become dormant gradually. They even stop breeding when the weather gets colder. Therefore, bed bugs prefer to hide in their shelter for as long as possible in the wintertime without even risking shifting their habitat. As bed bugs stay within the confines of your room at a favourable temperature, they remain active throughout the year. That’s why in the UAE, bed bug bites are reported every season. However, new infestations are generally seen in the spring and summer seasons, between the months of April and August. 

What causes bed bug infestations to rise in summer in the UAE?

There are many reasons for this, such as:

  • Warmer weather
  • Humidity
  • Increased travelling
  • Summer vacation (students vacate their dorms and return to their homes)

All these factors provide bed bugs with favourable conditions to thrive and settle in other places. 

When is the right season for bed bug extermination?

Warmer months allow bed bugs to come out of their shelter in search of a host. So, treatments during this time will be more effective as the bed bugs will come into direct contact with the traps or chemicals. 

During winters, they hibernate in their harborage, and won’t come out for a blood meal very often. Chemicals may not be a good option here, but heat treatments will work. Let your pest control expert decide on it. 

For pest control, there is no good or bad season for bed bug treatment. The moment you see an infestation, you must seek professional help instead of using a DIY solution. There are many bed bug pest control experts in your neighbourhood in Dubai, use your discretion to find the best.

IMPORTANCE OF PEST CONTROL IN YOUR OFFICE

As an employer in Dubai, you may be legally bound to provide a safe work environment to your employees. More than a legal responsibility, it is actually a necessity. To get the best out of your employees, it is essential to provide a safe working atmosphere, as it is conducive to productivity.

Providing a safe work environment means making sure your employees feel safe in your building. Even from pests! Unfortunately, most offices pay little heed to pest management resulting in their employees calling in sick often. And this comes despite the fact that there are so many companies providing professional pest control and disinfection services in Dubai

The problem with a pest infestation in an office is not limited to the employees alone; it affects you, your reputation and, at the end of the day – your profits. It could deter your clients from visiting your office and even doing business with your company. 

But how do pests find their way inside your office building?

Pests have so many entry points to come to your office, and it’s not just the bathroom sink. Bedbugsantsmosquitoes and other vectors can take rides on an employee or any visitor coming to your office. They come and settle down without anybody knowing! You won’t believe it but termites not only enter through structural cracks but can be present in the cardboard boxes that you store away after an incoming delivery. In short, pests don’t need any entry point like an open window or an open doorway to sneak in, they just find their own way inside.  

But, sometimes pests can be a blessing in disguise. They show you areas that need your attention. For instance, pests like cockroaches and rodents appear only when there are cracks or gaps in the building foundation and lapses in hygiene. So, if you spot them, you can conclude that your office needs some maintenance and a better hygiene policy in place.

So, what if pests get in?

If they succeed in getting in, your office will provide everything that they need such as food, shelter and water. Also, since you don’t stay overnight they can make merry without any fear. If you choose to ignore them and let them have their own way, you are going to face some serious threats in the near future.

Threat of diseases:

Cockroaches, flies, and rodents carry pathogens in their body and excreta. Direct or indirect contact with these pathogens can put you and your employees at a high health risk. One can experience itching to allergic reactions and even fall victim to life-threatening diseases like salmonellosis and hantavirus.

Threat of food contamination:

Untreated pest infestations can easily escalate into serious complications such as food contamination. Pest contamination of food can occur in many ways, by direct transmission of bacteria and cross-contamination, which can lead to food poisoning. 

If you are running a restaurant, this even has more serious implications, even resulting in the closure of your business. 

Threat to the buildings:

Pests come in search of food and shelter. If they succeed in getting hold of these two, they thrive in your place. Rodents have a habit of gnawing not just food but things like electric wires, internet cables, plastic bottles and PVC pipes. Similarly, termites can destroy wood panels, partition boards, and furniture. Allowing pests to live in your office will soon leave you with a hefty repair bill. 

Threat to safety:

Pests can put everyone’s life in danger. There are several reports of buildings catching fire due to rodents. They chew through electrical cables running the risk of short circuit and even fire. Similarly, termites also pose safety threats. If you ignore termite infestation, chances are that the wood structure of your building can collapse in the long run. 

If you happen to see these threats looming over your office, you should give us a call right away.

TERMITE SIGNS AND DAMAGES THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

No matter how well you guard your home, it could be under attack from pests that you have no clue about. One of these nuisances and the most devastating of them all are termites. Termites can invade your home any time of the day without notice. Once in, they start eating away at the integrity of your home, making it even uninhabitable. So, it’s crucial that you find them, destroy them forever.

How do you know if termites are present in your home?

Telltale signs of a termite infestation

A termite infestation is always spotted late or maybe after some damage has already been done. But if you see these signs, be sure about an impending danger that’s lurking in your home.

  • Hollow wood or holes: Termites prey on wooden materials. From door frames to furniture, everything can succumb to a termite attack. Tap and see if they are hollow from inside or look for tiny holes in the wood.
  • Mud tunnels: Subterranean termites use mud tunnels to travel to and fro between their food source and nest. You might have seen it on walls of dilapidated buildings. 
  • Frass: Looks almost like sawdust, these are the droppings of drywood termites, which they leave behind after boring tables and chairs. 
  • Broken wings: This is most noticeable after a rainy day or during the spring season and caused by termite swarmers. This cannot be seen as a threat though. It is a hint that their nest is somewhere nearby your home.

These can be considered both signs as well as ways through which termites begin to infest your home. If you suspect any of these signs, seek professional help before it is too late.

Among their many species, only a few types are potentially dangerous to human beings. 

Types of termites and the damage they are likely to cause you

There is no denying that termites can damage your building. They live in groups called colonies, attack in groups and live on wood cellulose. So, the damage is evident.

  • Subterranean termites dwell in the soil, often underground. They access your home by making cracks in the foundation, causing structural damage to your building. They can eat kilograms of wood in a matter of days. 
  • Formosan termites, the most notorious of all termites, belong to the subterranean termite family. Wood is their favourite meal. They start with your walls, ceilings gradually infesting the whole building, and even trees in the backyard.
  • Drywood termites also feed on wood but from the inside. Doors and furniture infested by these pests may appear good externally but can collapse upon touching. 
  • Dampwood termites on the other hand thrive on damp walls or rotting wood. They are attracted to the kitchen, bathroom, and wet areas.

In short, a termite infestation can cost you your home. Ignore it at your peril!

How can we prevent a termite infestation?

Termite control in Dubai is a challenge due to the conducive environment that it offers to these pests. Right from climatic conditions to thoughtless construction practices, everything encourages termite infestation. 

You may tend to believe that you are safe as your home is new. But, for termites, any home is their food source, whether new or old but you can certainly reduce the risk. 

  • Make sure there is no wood-to-ground contact when constructing your home. 
  • Keep old cartons, papers, and wood artifacts away from your home. 
  • For complete peace of mind, schedule a pre-construction anti-termite treatment before your start constructing it. 

On the other hand, if your house is old and you want to protect it from termites, do the following:

  • Dispose of old, damaged wooden articles, cardboard boxes, papers, etc.
  • Fix plumbing leaks, if any
  • Clean your house, backyard, drain regularly
  • Conduct termite inspection periodically

All these will help you save money. Should you see any of the aforesaid signs anywhere around your house, call a professional pest control team for help rather than fixing it yourself.