Pests to watch out for in Qatar

Pests to watch out for in Qatar

QL Services
By QL Services

Pests are more than just a nuisance and can cause damage to your house and its contents as well as pose health risks to you and your family. Once a pest has infested a house, it can be a frustrating and time-consuming process to get rid of it. While Qatar is fairly low on pests like flies and mosquitoes, there are many other pests that you must keep an eye out for.

Bed Bugs

One of the most common pests in Qatar are bed bugs and currently, they are on an increase worldwide. While bed bugs do not cause harmful diseases like mosquitoes, they can cause irritation, infection, and skin allergies. These little pests are hard to spot and are usually active during the night. Bed bugs are usually found in places where people sleep like beds, couches, and chairs and they can even infest your wardrobe and clothes.

How to eliminate:

For a mild infestation you can wash your clothes, bedding and curtains in hot water with the highest dryer setting. You can also use a steam iron on hard surfaces. For a serious infestation, it is advisable to take the help of a professional.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are some of the most common pests found almost everywhere in the world. In Qatar, they infest apartments, villas, and offices. They are disease carriers and can cause anything from salmonella to diarrhea. The most common types of roaches found in Qatar are German cockroaches, American cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches.

How to eliminate:

Roaches are nocturnal scavengers and usually come out at night to feed on exposed food. Don’t leave food in the open and dispose of your garbage properly. Use traps, gels, pesticides, or insecticide sprays to kill roaches and their nests. Enlist the help of professional pest control services for a permanent solution to the roach problem.

Ants:

Ants are usually considered harmless pests as they do not carry any diseases, but some species of ants can be aggressive and have a painful sting. In particularly, a certain species of black ants found in Qatar, in residences and parks, have a very painful sting and is known to cause severe allergies that require hospitalization.

How to eliminate:

When visiting parks, avoid sitting on the grass. Keep the kitchen clean and food covered in tight containers. Try to find the entry point of ants and seal the holes with silicon or plaster. If you find that ants have taken over your kitchen or garden, call in an exterminator today.

Rodents:

Rodents are common in Qatar and can infest your house or garden. Rats and mice not only cause destruction to your property like furniture, books, clothes, and electrical wiring, but they also contaminate food and carry and cause many diseases like salmonella, listeria and hantavirus. 

How to eliminate:

Setting traps to catch and remove rodents is a safer option than to use poison which can pose a hazard to children and pets. If you don’t want to deal with pesky mice yourself, it’s advisable to call in a professional pest control service.

Termites:

Also called as white ants, termites can cause significant damage to homes and other structures. They usually attack wood but can also chew through flooring and wallpapers. If you find any mud particles on your wooden surfaces, this could be an indication of termites.

How to eliminate:

Keeping your house clean and dry and repairing any leaks or water damage can prevent termites. However, if you suspect your home has been infested with termites, don’t wait, seek professional advice immediately.

Why to hire a professional:

When dealing with pests, it is vital to resolve the problem before it escalates into a full-fledged infestation. If you feel unable to eliminate the pests by yourself, it is better to hire a professional pest control company. Professional pest control companies have the expertise and experience to identify and treat different types of pests and can provide customized solutions based on the specific needs of your home. Also, professional pest control companies use safe and effective methods to eliminate pests, which can be important if you have children or pets in your home.

Browse the Qatar Living website to find pest control service professionals, easily available at your disposal in Doha.

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