How Does Pest Control Work?

Pest Control 14 August 2018 | 0 Comments

Looking for a way to get rid of cockroaches permanently without having to use insecticides? Or is your office in Singapore in need of professional help to exterminate rodents? Pest control management can answer your needs whether you want to remove insects that are contaminating your food and destroying property.

But does pest extermination consist only of the use of professional-grade sprays and treatments, or do the experts use other means to control pest population?

Action Threshold
Before the pest exterminator can recommend any action, the building/household/office of the customer must first meet their set action threshold. This means that the population of the pest/s must be significant to justify pest removal using pest control chemicals. Why is this necessary? You do not need to terminate pest if there is only one instance of sighting, especially if the residents or owner are referring to animals that live naturally in the area such as bees, butterflies, small mammals, spiders, and others. For mild cases of pest problem, a 24 hours pest removal is necessary.

Monitoring and Identification
If the population of the pest does not create a threat to the health of the family, the pest control services team will devise other ways to move the animals. The building owner or resident will be made to understand that not all living organisms are harmful and some might be even beneficial. If the action threshold is met, however, the experts must then monitor and identify the pests.

This is a necessary step to terminate pest without using the wrong chemicals or method that might harm the humans living in the building or home and the animals in the surrounding area. Identification is key to achieve guaranteed pest control especially in the case of insects, because some chemicals work only on certain species. The use of organic pesticides for home in Singapore is rather encouraged to ensure the safety of the residents. The bed bug for example can be very difficult to remove with chemical pesticides alone, so it’s best to talk to your pest exterminator for available options.

Prevention
Not all pest control management companies will use chemical treatments right away to control pests, except for most cases when there is a need to remove termites. Prevention means that the area must be freed from possible sources of food for the pests, removal of hiding places and breeding grounds, and educating the homeowner/s or building occupants about proper waste disposal, the use of chemicals such as insecticides, and eliminating possible entry points for pests. At this stage, the areas are cleaned, leaky pipes are fixed, and the holes in the walls and ceilings are sealed. The pest control worker might also recommend installation of window screens, decluttering of storage areas, and improving overall waste management. Most of the time, if the pest infestation is not significant, these preventive methods work well if the occupants keep the area clean and well-maintained. Families who are worried about the effects of chemicals might not even need chemical treatments for their home if the prevention step has addressed the problem.

Control of Pests
If preventive methods still cannot address the problem, then the pest control services in Singapore will evaluate the risks and benefits of using other measures. This is where the monitoring and identification step is very crucial because some insecticides or sprays should work only on the target pests to disrupt their mating. Mechanical methods such as trapping and baiting to kill rats are also studied carefully for quality and guaranteed pest control results.

How to Read a Map in 4 Easy Steps

Travel 8 August 2018 | 0 Comments

Years of technological advancement brought us GPS and Google Maps – but what if your phone turns into a brick when you need it or you can’t get any reception? A physical map is perhaps a tourist’s best friend, especially when you don’t speak the language or if there’s no one around to ask for directions.

Though map-reading is slowly becoming an obsolete skill in a world that grows more interconnected each day, it’s still an important thing to learn to know where you are. Here’s how to read one in 4 easy steps:

Step 1. Have the right map
Be sure to look at the map title when choosing a map to guide you. Different kinds of maps have different uses. While road maps are made for drivers and would highlight byways and fly-overs, tourist maps highlight landmarks, with topographic maps designed mostly for hikers and backpackers.

Step 2. Understand it
Most maps are oriented with north at the top. If you’re not sure, find the compass rose on the map to see where it’s oriented. If there is no compass rose, assume that the map is oriented north. You should also look at the scale, which for most maps is located at the bottom.

The scale ratio indicates how many units of distance between points on the map are equivalent to how many units of distance in real life. For example, maps for walking distance have ratios of 1:25,000, while driving maps have a 1:190,000 ratio.

Topographical hitchhiker maps also include contour lines. Lines that are closer together indicate steep land: the closer the lines, the steeper the land. If they’re far from each other, you’re looking at a flatter surface.

Step 3. Examine the legends
These may vary depending on the map you have, but most legends are indicated this way:

• Mountains – brown or green
• Bodies of water – blue
• Large areas of vegetation (forests, parks, golf courses, etc.) – green
• City limits/boundaries – pink/yellow, boldness indicates importance/population size
• Roads – Lines (broken/unbroken, colors may vary depending on map)

Step 4. Orient yourself
Find common topographical features such as road names or bridges and natural features such as rivers. If you’re not sure where you exactly are, look at two landmarks that you can see around you and find them on the map.

Your relative position should be somewhere between these two points. From there, look for closer landmarks to zero in your location. This method is called “triangulation”, and is taught to soldiers and sailors to determine where they are.

Now that you know how to read a map, you can use it to get from place to place. Just remember where landmarks are so you would know if you missed a turn.

5 Basic Cooking Skills that You Should Master

Cooking 101 8 August 2018 | 0 Comments

Cooking is a skill that everyone should learn when they’re looking to live on their own. Knowing how to prepare a simple meal for yourself should at least keep you from going hungry when your favorite take-out restaurant is closed. Start with these five simple skills:

1. Cooking rice
With the rice cooker, rice has become something incredibly easy to cook, and it’s really hard to get it wrong. Use a 1:2 ratio of rice to water when cooking.

Be sure to rinse in a strainer before adding the water. Cover the lid and set to “cook”. Wait until it sets to “warm” before lifting the lid. Let it stand covered for a few minutes before fluffing with a fork and serve.

2. Cooking an egg
Eggs are incredibly versatile and are really easy to cook. For boiled eggs, place them in a pot and cover them with cold water about an inch higher than the egg. Boil them over medium-high heat and cover them.

Remove from heat once the water has boiled. Take the eggs out and run them through cold water. This makes the shell easier to peel.

3. Chopping an onion
Peel the onion and slice it lengthwise. Face the root away from you and slice the onion half with the knife pointing towards the root and slice as close to the root as possible. Hold the onion in place with three fingers – one in front, two behind.

Push the onion back together. Push the knife halfway into the onion with a slight tilt. Do this again at the top. Hold the onion with five fingers together in place and chop the onion until you get to the base of the root.

4. Cooking pasta
Fill a big pot with four to five quarts of water and add salt. Put it on high heat and wait for it to boil before adding the pasta. Keep a close eye on the pasta and toss it once it softens.

Cook for about three to four minutes. Take a strand and eat it to check if it’s “al dente” – cooked, but still firm.

5. Sharpening a knife
Use a sharpening stone or a whetstone and pick an angle to sharpen your knife. Start on the stone’s rough grit. Drag the edge across the stone in the opposite direction that you would to slice a thin layer off the stone.

For a symmetrical edge, flip the knife over and sharpen the other side of the blade. Do this again with the finer grit. Be sure to alternate the swipes. After sharpening, rinse the knife in cold water and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

Cooking doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it seems. When you get the hang of it, it can even be fun.

Quick and Dirty Singapore Camping Tips

All About Singapore 13 July 2018 | 0 Comments

Camping can be intimate and calm, and it can also be fun and adventurous. Nonetheless, camping is a great experience for you and your loved ones to create new memories while being close to nature. While preparing for your camping trip, make sure to keep these four camping tips in mind to become a happy camper.

1. Learn how to pitch a tent.
While it may look easy if you’re not the one doing it, pitching a tent is actually harder than it looks. Even seasoned campers may need a hand in pitching a tent.

For those who don’t know how to pitch a tent, there are a lot of guides available on the internet; try practicing when you’re at home and ask a hand from your kids. Try to teach the people who are coming with you on how to pitch a tent beforehand; tent-pitching is always a nice skill to have, especially for future camping adventures.

2. Check your venue beforehand.
Aside from making sure that you packed everything you need, remember to also prepare for your trip by checking your camping site. Try to gather as much data as you can on the venue. One of the things that are important to note is if there are restaurants or shops available nearby. Chances are, you’re going to forget to pack something, so it’s good to know if there’s a place that can provide it.

Of course, remember to check if you need to obtain a camping permit. There are venues that require you a camping permit, and others don’t; if you do, remember to obtain one at least seven days in advance.

3. Stay safe and be cautious.
While camping can be a calm and serene experience, it can also have its own dangers. Remember to note if there are any wild animals near your camping site, like wild boars. However, you don’t need panic, just make sure that you keep your food in containers. Use insect repellents to take care of ticks and mosquitoes. And remember to stay safe from the effects of the sun, and regularly lather on sunscreen.

Unless you’re an experienced camper, try not to camp alone. It’s better to have someone else watch your back just in case something happens. Remember to pack a first-aid kit and all necessary medication.

4. Leave the campsite as you found it.
And last, but definitely not the least, make sure to leave your campsite just as you found it. Make sure to clean up your campsite before you leave. If there are trash bins nearby, use them. If not, bring them with you. Before leaving, make sure to put your campfire out, so as not to start any forest fires by accident.

Is eSports Sports?

Entertainment and Recreation 13 July 2018 | 0 Comments

You may have gotten into a debate with a friend once of chess is a sport or not, but the dictionary clearly says that sports is not just about competitive physical activity, but is also a competition of skills. With that in mind, it’s no stretch of the imagination to consider competitive gaming as sports.

How eSports Began
eSports is not new, because even in 2012, various gaming tournaments from all over the world were already common. It was only in recent years that it has gained the attention of media because people can now stream competitions live on the Internet. In fact, some video game enthusiasts claim that eSports is the only other global sports besides football because of the number of people interested in video games in general.

So, if it’s a competition, do players also get prizes? You’ll be surprised to find out how much eSports teams earn when competing. Some players even consider it a full-time job especially if they can compete internationally.

What is the format of eSports? The type of competition and the number of players depend on the game. Some games can be player-versus-player or one-on-one, while others allow one player to compete against a system, such as in a card game. Technically, any video game can be considered eSports, but the most popular ones in the huge tournaments are team-based games called tournaments or leagues. Like most sports, eSports also have regional, national, and international tournaments in major arenas, complete with commentators called casters and prizes.

Popular eSports Today
There are two types of eSports today, such as the first-person shooters and the multiplayer online battle arena or MOBA.

As of this today, the most popular first-person shooters in eSports are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch. For the MOBAs, the two most popular titles are Dota 2 and League of Legends. However, there are also other competitive video games such as sport games, card games, fighting games, and strategy games. Examples of these are FIFA, Rocket League, StarCraft 2, and Street Fighter V. With the growing popularity of competitive gaming, however, the list will keep on growing with the addition of new titles in the future. Others also believe that eSports will one day become an official sport in the Olympics, however, there are also a lot of people who are opposed to the idea of calling competitive gaming sports.

Expiring from playing video games for hours is not uncommon. Some also believe that promoting video games as eSports will not help addiction at all. Add to that the lack of understanding of how to treat gaming addiction without having to wean the gamer from games completely, as evidenced by the tragic cases of addiction in some countries like South Korea. Finally, there is also a need to set up stricter regulations for eSports in general to prevent exploitation of the players, spot-fixing or match-fixing, and corruption due to gambling.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy While Sticking to a Budget

Health and Wellness 21 June 2018 | 0 Comments

The first few steps toward healthy living are not only littered with the temptation to eat your favorite foods that are high in calories, but also with the constant worry of not being able to keep up because of the high budget needed.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are a few tips you can follow to stick to your newly-formed healthy eating habits without having to spend too much on them:

1. Plan your meals ahead of time.
Before deciding on which dishes to prepare for the next few days or throughout the week, it’s usually a good idea to take a trip or two to the grocery store to see what’s on sale.

You should also keep your menu flexible. That way, if some ingredients aren’t available or aren’t on sale, you still have a few dishes to choose from.

2. Learn to cook your own meals.
The sure-fire way for staying on the road to eating healthy is by simply cooking your own meals. However, when you do so, be sure to cook your meals in ways that use up less oil, salt, and sugar. You can even pack your own lunch to work or to school.

This is now the perfect time to widen your culinary skills. The key here is doing research – knowing which ingredients go together is a skill that you can only develop with time, but looking through different recipes in books and online can help greatly speed up the process.

3. Keep an eye out for the fruits and vegetables that are in season.
The trick to getting the freshest fruits and vegetables available is to shop when they are in season, which not only gives you the best ingredients for your meals in the best condition, but also saves you a lot of money.

4. Look to other alternatives to meat.
Eating less meat, especially red meat, isn’t just good for your health, but is also good for your budget.

However, you don’t have to resort to being full vegan. If you love meat, you can opt for the less expensive cuts or switching to white meats, such as chicken and fish. You can also choose to add ingredients such as eggs and tofu into the mix, as well as legumes and grains.

These alternative protein sources are not only relatively cheap, but they also provide you with the same amount of protein as red meats, as well as the advantage of having a longer shelf life than meat.

5. Freeze fresh produce.
This may be a no-brainer at first, but once you start buying fruits and vegetables, you will quickly learn to appreciate the convenience of having a refrigerator in order to increase their shelf life.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

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