There are several pests that are only active during the night, which can be tough to detect and eradicate. They come out in the dark because it is much cooler and some insects can’t survive in heat for too long. For others, night-time is also a prime-time to take action without being detected, because there is less activity all around.
Not all nocturnal insects are harmful, but a selected few can greatly impact a person’s quality of life. From biting insects hiding in your bedrooms to little creatures chomping on your precious plants, here are 4 common pests that may be sneaking around at night in your home!
These pests need no introduction. You might find them during the day, but they are generally more active during dusk. A growing mosquito population is usually a concern as some breeds might carry dangerous diseases like dengue or malaria.
Mosquitoes are attracted to the warmth and carbon dioxide that humans emit. Then, they feed on our blood, causing itchy bumps. To curb the mosquito population at home, it is advisable not to leave stagnant water sources favourable for mosquito breeding.
2. Flying ants
It is common to see a swarm of them gathered around a light source in the evening or night time. Flying ants means it is mating season for them, and they mate while flying in the air. Occasionally, light from your home may attract these flying insects to swarm in your home.
If the ants begin to swarm in your home, you can either turn off your light sources, or place a basin of water underneath to catch the ants when they fall. If you frequently have ant swarms in or around your home, you might also want to suspect an ant infestation nearby. Pest control services can help you check out the ant population around and recommend measures to keep them under control.
3. Bed bugs
Bed bugs are nocturnal and prefer dark environments. Although bed bugs do not carry any diseases with them, their single bite can cause itchiness and skin irritation which can keep you awake all night. Bedbugs commute easily from places to places because they are tiny and flat, making them unnoticeable. They take cover and breed at places that are blind spots to us and multiply quickly into a serious infestation.
People think that they can get rid of bedbugs using DIY solutions, but it is often quite difficult. Professionals in bed bug control can help you scout out their hiding places and eliminate bed bugs from your home.
Centipedes are mostly hidden in dark places during the day and they come out at night to hunt. They are found in the dark and damp areas of your kitchen or garden where they have a source of moisture and hiding areas.
Although they are less common in Singapore, they do exist here. Centipedes feed on other bugs that are smaller than them – so if you find centipedes, it might also be an indication that you have other pests at home.
These pests love to stay in dark and small places until night time. Many go unnoticed, and are therefore, harder to get rid of. Approach our professionals at PestClinic to find out what actions you can take to minimise their activities or infestations!