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Belonging to the Order Siphonaptera, fleas are small, wingless and about 2.5 mm long. Their bodies are shiny and reddish brown in color, covered with microscopic hair and are compressed to allow for easy movement through animal fur. Although fleas do not have wings, they are capable of jumping long distances.

Fleas are common external parasites of both dogs and cats. The adults are ravenous blood-feeders, consuming up to 15 times their body weight in blood per day.

Adults are parasites that draw blood from a host. Larvae feed on organic debris, particularly the feces of adult fleas, which contain undigested blood. Fleas commonly prefer to feed on hairy animals such as dogs, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice, domesticated animals, wild animals, etc.


Risks of fleas

Flea bites result in red spots that often are surrounded by reddened haloes. They are extremely itchy and may cause discomfort.

Pets transfer fleas to the beds and furniture where they sleep, so if you're cuddling with your pet, you may be bringing fleas into your own bedding.

Fleas lay up to 50 eggs per day on your pets, and as they move around indoors, the eggs spread, and fleas prefer carpeting and upholstered furniture.

Fleas can and will readily bite humans since they live on the blood of mammals. Fleas will bite humans, but they won't live on them.

A flea can live from up to a few days to two weeks without a host.

Yes, and high pile carpets are the perfect hiding place for fleas. Their exoskeletons make them crush-resistant when stepped on, which allows fleas in the carpet to thrive.


How we deal with fleas at Intex

The biology around the immature stages of fleas is something very cryptic by nature…shrouded in mystery. Consequently, the first thing the homeowner should do is contact their pest control professional for assistance. Most of the time simply using over-the-counter products for controlling fleas will not resolve the root causes of the infestation.

As it is our modus operandi, we will conduct a thorough inspection and locate areas where the immature stages of the flea population are residing after which we embark on the treatment face.

If you are dealing with fleas, or even mites, please do not hesitate to contact us today for your customized solution.

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Termites are small insects that live in colonies and have distinct castes and feed on wood or other dead plant matter, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Termites comprise the infraorder Isoptera, or alternatively the epifamily Termitoidae, within the order Blattodea.

Termites have been around for about 250 million years, making them an active contributor to our environment. They have soft bodies, pinchers and straight antennae. Colors range from white to light brown. Worker termites often appear lighter, while swarming termites are darker. There are about 50 different kinds of termite species, or more, and each of these species is categorized into one of three termite groups – subterranean, dampwood or drywood. Each termite group has distinctive environmental requirements and behaviors when it comes to whether or not they live in soil and where they construct their colonies.

Subterranean termite workers are the caste members that consume wood and they gain entrance into homes by building mud tubes that provide them a moist, protective passageway to get from one location to another. Workers generally gain access to houses by following their underground foraging tunnels, also known as exploratory tubes, to the foundation or underneath the house’s slab.


Causes of termites

Leaky pipes, improper drainage, and poor airflow all create moisture issues that attract termites. Dampwood and subterranean termites in particular thrive in humid environments. While dampwood termites prefer water-damaged wood, subterranean termites are unable to live unless surrounded by enough moisture.


Risks of termites

Termites are often called the "silent destroyers" because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your house.

Termites cost Kenyans millions of shillings in damage each year, and most insurance plans don't cover the damage.

All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.

Some species of termite queens lay millions of eggs each year.


Destroyers of property

That’s what termites are!

Depending on the location and extent of the damage, and the building materials required to fix it, repairs can be complicated and costly. So catching the infestation early is important.

Common signs of termite infestation include sagging floors and ceilings, traces of dust similar to dust, piles of wings that resemble scales and areas that seem to be slightly water damaged. Contrary to popular belief, termites are not partial to aging wooden structures; they have been known to inhabit new buildings within a short time after construction.

However, although structural failure due to termite damage is not at all uncommon, it can be easily prevented through the use of regular inspections and treatments. Our trusted termite inspectors will provide two-part reports, outlining damage already present and potential causes and locations of future damage.

Areas with a high likelihood of infestation include damp areas, woodpiles and loose wooden paneling. Addressing these threats may prevent termite infestation and can save homeowners considerable money on structural repairs.

If your termite inspector finds superficial termite damage during an inspection, ask him or her about the extent of the damage. While you may see only a small amount of damage, there may be more damage beneath the surface. For example, if a hardwood floor is damaged, termites likely have infested the subfloor and floor supports beneath it.


Fixing termite damages, is it possible?

While you cannot get rid of termites permanently from the environment, you can help prevent them from taking root in your home and control any active colonies nearby.

Check areas around the home for damaged wood, cast-off wings around the floor, and shelter tubes.

Most homeowners don’t notice they have termites until the damage has become costly and tough to fix. Home termite damage is a serious issue. It often ruins the structural integrity of a home. Residents rarely have the chance to inspect hidden areas like wall voids, so the pests tunnel and eat their way through rafters and studs uncontested, leading to collapsed supports.

It is rare but possible for some termite species to damage a house beyond repair, if the infestation is left untreated for many years.

It is not common for termites to completely destroy a home before the activity is discovered by a homeowner. Once a colony grows to maturity, signs of activity typically become more visible. Periodic inspections by our trained professionals or any other licensed termite professionals can help homeowners detect termite infestations while damage is minimal and repairs are less expensive.

You can also follow these two golden “termite” rules:

  1. Treat termites before making repairs
  2. Prevent costly termite damage repairs

And the logic behind these two rules is rather obvious.

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Rodents are a group of nuisance pests that includes mice, rats, and squirrels. These animals can contaminate food, damage property, and spread disease.

Rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia, which are characterized by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws adapted for chewing on a variety of items, causing havoc along the way. About 40% of all mammal species are rodents.

Besides the most widely recognizable rodents (rats and mice), others include beavers, muskrats, porcupines, woodchucks, chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, marmots, chinchillas, voles, lemmings, and many others.

Being warm-blooded mammals, rodents, like humans, can be found throughout the world.

Rodents thrive across the world in almost any habitat with access to food and water. Because of their small size, they can be difficult to keep out of a home. Rats can get indoors through holes the size of a quarter, while mice can use gaps the size of a dime to come inside.


Risks of rodents

Rodents are some of the most adaptable creatures on the planet and can be extremely difficult to exterminate. Infestations can cause considerable damage to infested buildings and local agriculture as well as the proliferation of many diseases hazardous to humans.

Rats and mice are both extremely destructive within agricultural communities. A number of species feed on seeds and grains.

The feces and urine of some rodents may contaminate surfaces with which they come into contact.

Rodents are not only a hazard to human health, they can also compromise the integrity of an infested structure through continuous gnawing.

Rodents multiply quickly, making infestations extremely difficult to remove.


What diseases do rodents carry?

Although often small in size, rodents can pose a significant risk to your health. Some species are known to carry deadly viruses and play host to parasitic insects that transmit disease. Humans can be at risk of exposure to diseases from rodents through contact with mouse and rat droppings, as well as their urine, saliva and nesting materials.

The pests are also hosts for fleas, which can spread plague and diseases like lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus. This illness mostly affects those with weakened immune systems and may result in headaches, fever, and meningitis. It can also cause complications during pregnancy.

In order to properly clean and disinfect contaminated areas, it’s best to rely on professionals like ourselves.


Controlling rodents

Through a specialized approach to rodent and pest control, we at Intex can help protect your home with a plan suited to your specific needs.

It is not advisable to handle any wild rodent. They are equipped with large teeth and are capable of transmitting a variety of bacteria, viruses and diseases through their saliva, feces and urine.

If you locate a rodent within your home, it is best to contact a pest management professional for removal and identification. The presence of one rodent within a home could signal an infestation.

Keep all children and pets away from the rodent. If cornered, the rodent will bite to defend itself.

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House flies lay their eggs in decaying organic matter like trash and animal feces; fruit flies lay their eggs in fruit and drain flies lay their eggs in drains.

Flies hate the smell of essential oils like lemon grass, peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus. They also dislike the smell of camphor, cinnamon, and cloves.

Bacteria and germs can stick to fruit fly bodies that may subsequently get on your food and cause health problems like diarrhea or other gastro-intestinal diseases.

Fruit flies may come in through your food products and because of their rapid reproduction rate, can infest the area quickly.

Flies can enter homes via food products (fruit flies) or drift in through open windows and doors. They may also be attracted to and develop in decaying organic matter in drains.

Fun fact: flies inhabit every part of the world except the polar ice caps. With that amount of prevalence, it’s important to know what to do if you ever experience a fly infestation outside or inside your home or business. From garbage flies to horse flies, understanding the fly lifespan, what flies eat and what they’re attracted to are all facts necessary to identify the species you’re dealing with.

Fruit flies can lay 100s of eggs within their short life. Within 24-30 hours, the eggs hatch into maggots, feasting on the fruit they were born in.


Risks of flies

The last thing you want to see is a bunch of winged nuisances turning your garbage can into their condo.

Fruit flies can swarm fruit that's decomposing, open soda and alcohol containers — anything that's sugary, sweet, and available.

Drain flies gather, mate, and lay eggs in moisture or standing water. Your drains could become their breeding ground if left unchecked.

Every home is unique, and so are our fly treatments that are tailored to fit your situation.

If you are facing a fly problem, please don’t wait anymore, call us today.

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Cockroaches are a paraphyletic group of insects belonging to Blattodea, containing all members of the group except termites. About 30 cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habitats and some are well-known as pests.

Cockroaches can measure over 50 mm (2 in) length, with tropical species tending to be larger than those found in other climates. Cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and some even have wings. However, most winged cockroaches are not particularly adept at flying. With flat, oval-shaped bodies, these pests are often oily to the touch and may be cool or warm, depending on the temperature of their environment. Cockroaches in the house are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from many over-the-counter insecticides and are elusive when it comes to cockroach traps. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, pest control for cockroaches can be a losing battle.

Although they are omnivores that eat plants and meat, cockroaches have been recorded to eat human flesh, although they’re more likely to take a bite of fingernails, eyelashes, feet and hands.


What cockroaches are attracted to

A cockroach is able to survive almost anywhere that food, water and shelter are available, and can most commonly be found around food prep areas, inside cabinets, under sinks, in or around garbage cans and in cool, dark spaces like cellars.

As omnivorous scavengers, cockroaches will consume any organic food source available to them, with a preference for sweets, meats and starches. They are also known to consume other items such as hair, books and decaying matter.

Just like bedbugs can hitch a ride on infested items brought inside, get indoors via cracks and gaps in the home’s exterior, enter through drains or sewer pipes and a few species of cockroaches can fly inside when attracted to lights.



Signs of cockroach infestation

The more you know about cockroaches, the better you can predict and control their behavior. Here are some quick facts to help you on your way.

The pest cockroaches can be carriers of various diseases because they are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen where food is present.

A few telltale signs of a possible roach infestation are visible droppings, a strong and unpleasant odor and oval-shaped eggs in hidden locations.

Cockroach droppings will be visible during an infestation; the quantity of visible feces is oftentimes a good indicator of the level or duration of roach infestation.


Risks of cockroaches

Like most household pests, cockroaches are known to contaminate food.

Another issue with them is their fast rate of breeding, arguably one of the fastest. A small problem may quickly become a full blown infestation if not handled promptly and professionally.

Exposure to cockroach feces and the body parts of dead roaches over time can even trigger allergies and asthma especially in children and sensitive individuals.

Another disturbing fact about cockroaches is that these pests are extremely adaptable and may even be resistant to some home extermination methods.


Controlling cockroaches

While cockroaches are one of the most common pest problems, they are also one of the stubbornest. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in a host of areas, breed quickly, have a very high reproductive potential and may develop resistance to pesticides.

Getting rid of roaches and keeping them out of your home or building is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. The length of time it takes to rid your home of a cockroach infestation depends largely upon species and size of infestation. Many over-the-counter products homeowners utilize often prove ineffective against a cockroach infestation. These pests are extremely adaptable and may even be resistant to some home extermination methods.

At Intex, we will deploy our signature modus operandi which provides an effective strategy for pest control of roaches and other pests by providing the right solutions.

If you believe you have identified a cockroach infestation within your home or business, contact us today to discuss inspection and customized solutions.

Let us stop the cockroaches wreaking havoc on your home coz we know how!