5 Common Residential Estate Pests You Should Avoid

5 Common Residential Estate Pests You Should Avoid

When you buy an apartment or condo, you’d expect it to be pest-free. But that doesn’t always happen. You might find a few uninvited guests like cockroaches, ants, or termites when you move into your new home. They are not just disgusting but also carry several diseases that can affect the health of you and your family members. There are many pest species that thrive in urban areas with residential properties. They usually enter houses through small cracks, holes, and other access points that are difficult to see with the naked eye. Fortunately, there are several pest control measures you can take to avoid these pests as much as possible:


Cockroaches are one of the most common pests found in residential areas. They can infest any building, including apartment complexes, hotels, and restaurants. They usually enter a building through small cracks and crevices that are difficult to see with the naked eye. Cockroaches can be identified by their shiny, dark-brown, or black bodies, long antennae, and reddish-brown wings. They are six times more likely to spread disease than other pests and are known to carry bacteria that lead to food poisoning. You can prevent cockroaches by removing clutter from your home and sealing cracks and crevices. Regularly cleaning your kitchen will also help keep these pests away from your home.


Like cockroaches, ants can be found anywhere — from your local park to your home. They are attracted to sweets, grease, and starchy foods, so it’s important to keep your kitchen clean and free of crumbs. To prevent ants from entering your home, seal cracks and crevices. You can also use a commercial insect killer that’s designed to kill ants. If you notice ants in your home, you should find the source of the problem and treat it immediately through effective pest control measures. Otherwise, they’ll just keep coming back.

Rats and Mice:

Rodents such as rats and mice can quickly infest a residential area. They love dark and warm places and can squeeze through small openings that are difficult to see with the naked eye. They usually enter residential areas through sewers, storm drains, and utility lines. You can identify a rodent problem by seeing rodents or gnawing sounds in your walls or attic. You can also check for droppings, which are about the size of a peanut crumb. To avoid rodents, you need to look for areas where they like to live and build your home in a way that makes it difficult for them to enter. Regularly clean your yard and seal your home’s exterior to prevent rodents from entering your home. You can also install traps around your home, but don’t forget to check them regularly.


Termites are dangerous pests that can cause considerable structural damage if left untreated. These are wood-eating insects that usually enter homes through untreated soil around the house. There are several signs that indicate a termite problem: boards that look like they’ve been chewed on, dust-like droppings on the ground, and the presence of small, winged insects. To prevent termites from infesting your home, you need to regularly check the soil around your property. You can also install some preventive pest control treatments, such as a diaphragm barrier.


These pests are tiny, brown bugs that bite humans. They’re commonly found in hotels, homeless shelters, apartments, and dorms. Bed Bugs like to stay in darkness, so they often infest places like the inside of furniture, bed frames, and inside walls. There are several signs that indicate a bedbug problem: unexplained bites, blood spots near the bed, and a sweet, musty, or strange odor. To prevent bed bugs from infesting your home, regularly clean your home and keep an eye out for any signs of their presence. You can also use bedbug-proof covers for your furniture.


Residential properties are warm, welcoming, and a great place to start a family. Unfortunately, they’re also a great place for pests to thrive. By being vigilant and regularly inspecting your property, you can keep pests out. This will not only keep your home clean and safe but also help prevent diseases.

What Would ORIGIN Do?

ORIGIN has been committed to pest control in Singapore for over 30 years – from bed bugs to rats – in your homes, offices, and buildings.

Pest management at Origin involves a thorough inspection and analysis of the infested area. Using science-based solutions, including gel baiting and residual spraying, we provide safe, effective, and eco-friendly pest management solutions for complete elimination.



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