Flying insects in Singapore and how to get rid of them
Know your enemy before you destroy them. We dug around for more info on those commonly found winged pests in Singapore and have discovered methods (organic, effective and inexpensive) to get rid of them.
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One of the most commonly found winged insects are flying termites. You might recognise them swarming around fluorescent lights in your home during humid and rainy nights.
Don’t be afraid of them though, because they’re generally harmless. During this stage of their life, they’re simply swarming to mate and form new colonies. Note that this is the only time you’ll see termites flying – after the deed is done, their wings drop, the males die and the females burrow in warm and damp areas to lay eggs.
Orange oil works so well that it’s recommended even by professionals! Simply purchase some orange oil and put it into a spray bottle. Now, all you have to do is spray any flying termites you see or areas where you see termite activity.
One absolutely fuss-free trick that worked for us was to simply turn off the lights in the room (or kitchen, in our case). Leave your windows open so they are attracted to the corridor or lights outside. No sign of flies or remnants of wings after in a couple of hours!
Another commonly seen winged bug is the flying ant. They look pretty similar to the flying termite but don’t mix them up! They bite and rarely come indoors.
House flies, although seemingly harmless, are major carriers of disease and can infest all types of premises! They are attracted to all types of food, including human food, pet food, food waste, and even faeces. You’ll be able to recognise house flies from their yellow-brown abdomen and a dark grey thorax with four narrow stripes. Once indoors, they’re typically found resting on walls, floors or ceilings. When outdoors, they can be seen on plants, the ground, fences, compost heaps and rubbish bins.
Yet another winged pest is the fruit fly. They’re commonly seen infesting fruit or hovering around rotten fruit. Despite their small size, fruit flies can turn into a huge nuisance, especially once they start breeding. What sets them apart from other flies is their yellow-brown colour and bright red eyes.
Pour a mixture of red wine and a bit of dish soap into a small container, then wrap the top of the container with plastic wrap and punch a few holes. Set it up near the presence of fruit flies and let the magic happen!
Similar to the previous method, stick a rotten or overripe fruit into a container, put a plastic wrap around the container, punch a few holes into the plastic and watch as the fruit flies fly into the trap like a moth to a flame.