Sustainability at Verminator: Our Eco-Friendly Approach & Practices

Sustainability at Verminator: Our Eco-Friendly Approach & Practices

Sustainability has never been more important than it is today. As it lies at the forefront of the global agenda, Singapore has taken significant strides in addressing this issue. The general direction is to create a greener, healthier, and more resilient future.

With limited land and resources at its disposal, Singapore recognises the importance of sustainability in preserving its natural heritage, enhancing the well-being of its citizens, and ensuring a prosperous and thriving nation. Consequently this is also the reason why every business out there is now focused on embedding sustainability into their brand’s agenda to keep up with the times, as well as the nation’s interests.


Eco-friendly solutions are the future. Even in the pest management field, both individuals and businesses everywhere acknowledge the importance of preserving the environment all while safeguarding public health. All for the sake of our, as well as the earth’s future, such cautionary measures are taken to ensure that our resources, environment, and quality of life is preserved.

Here at Verminator, we are dedicated to the cause. We believe that as the leading player within the pest management industry, it is up to us to not only lead by example, but to place sustainability at the forefront of all that we do—to protect our beloved communities and the environment we all live in.

Why are Eco-Friendly Practices Important?

Eco-friendly practices in pest management are key for a variety of reasons, of which are:

  • Preserving biodiversity and ecosystems:
    It preserves Singapore’s rich biodiversity and delicate ecosystems. By avoiding the indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides, insects and wildlife are protected, ensuring a balanced and thriving ecosystem.
  • Protecting public health:
    Eco-friendly pest management would effectively safeguard public health by minimising the community’s exposure to harmful chemicals, many of which are carried by traditional pesticides.
  • Reducing environmental pollution:
    Chemical pesticides are known to contaminate soil, water bodies, as well as the air, all of which are causes of environmental pollution. Sustainable pest management focuses on reducing or eliminating the use of such chemicals, significantly lowering pollution levels and their adverse effects.


How Does Verminator Practice Sustainability?

As Verminator embeds sustainability into all of operations, our solutions are non-chemical and environmentally-friendly, and we make it a point to secure the relevant accreditations and practice waste management in the work that we do as well.

Let’s delve into it!

Non-Chemical Solutions:

  1. Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI):
    A microbial insecticide made from naturally occuring soil bacteria, it is proven to be highly effective in killing off agents of mosquito larvae and black flies, as well as several species of midges. It is a form of biological control with a highly specific mode of action against a narrow host spectrum, and therefore, does not pose any risk to other non-target organisms or the environment when used correctly and properly.

  1. Traps:
    Traps or cages (such as rodent snap trap, insect light trap, rodent cage and more) operate without pesticides and therefore have little to no effect on the environment on other organisms. Not only do they prevent secondary animal posining, but they are reusable as well.

  1. Xterm Termite Baiting System:
    A non-invasive and environmentally-friendly defence against termite infestations, the active ingredient of chitin synthesis inhibitor is embedded within its catridge system and is employed to disrupt termite molding. With a specific target only on termites, it virtually has zeo effect on non-target organisms or the environment.

  1. Pest-proofing:
    The very first line of pest control and management, it is effective, cost-efficient, and does not bring any harm to people nor the environment. In essence, pest-proofing is all about sealing entry points with appropriate materials to prevent entry.

  2. Digital Rodent Monitoring System:
    Integrated with proprietary rodent sensors, it is a 24/7 rodent data collection device. It is built to be flexible and capable of withstanding harsh environments (both indoors and outdoors) and can be used with non-toxic bait, therefore making it reusable.

  3. Heat treatment:
    Steam generators superheat steam to 180°C, eliminating bedbugs and their eggs through thermal shocks. As bedbugs are very sensitive to temperature changes, it focuses on the manipulation of the temperature to high levels and avoids the use of any chemicals whatsoever.


Environmentally-Friendly Products:

The Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS) endorses industrial and consumer products that are produced sustainably. As Singapore’s foremost environmental standard and certification label, it’s there to help the public identify products that meet the set eco-standards.

At Verminator, our us of termiticides, office supplies, and equipment are all certified by as ‘Green Label’, which is the accreditation in line with the environmental standards of authority, which impacts the environment as minimal as possible.


Even though the accredited certification to ISO 14001 isn’t mandatory, Verminator adopts the standard and acknowledges it as a key to improve our environmental-friendly performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste. The ISO 14001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS).

With our compliance to the ISO 14001, we ensure that we:

  • Improve resource efficiency;
  • Reduce waste;
  • Drive down costs;
  • Provide assurance that environmental impact is being measured;
  • Improve overall environmental impact; and
  • Manage environmental obligations with consistency.


Waste Management

In line with Singapore’s Zero Waste Masterplan, we adopt the following practices for a sustainable waste management system, all to push Singapore to be a step closer towards becoming a Zero Waste Nation.

  • Advocate the 3Rs of reduce, reuse, and recycle. We avoid any excessive consumption and promote the efficient use of resources, as well as adopt viable and efficient recycling methods for environmental sustainability.

  • Brief and educate our team on proper waste management, on top of circulating education 3R materials or collaterals to further the cause.

  • Provide reusable items for team use instead of disposable ones.

All in all, we’d like to reiterate our commitment towards sustainability and eco-friendly practices within the pest management industry, because we are truly committed to protecting both our communities and the environment around us—both come hand-in-hand. As we grow, we’ll continue in this direction, encouraging knowledge and innovation to keep bettering ourselves as well as our solutions and practices to serve Singapore’s community to the best of our abilities.

5 Types of Pests That Landed Home Owners Should Be Aware of

5 Types of Pests That Landed Home Owners Should Be Aware of

As a property owner, it’s natural to run into the risk of pest infestations. Pests can come from absolutely anywhere—any unattended nook and cranny in your house that isn’t clean, neat, or sealed could serve as an entry point that’ll flare up an infestation.

Of course, that isn’t what you would want at all. Pests are unhygienic and carriers of a variety of diseases and illnesses that could threaten the health of any tenants, and they could damage your property as well. They’re not a sight that you’d want to catch in your home when all you want to do is rest and relax.

With that said, it’s important that you’re aware of what type of pests you should look out for! No matter how spotless your house is or how many times you spring-clean it, a small mistake could lead any of these pests in and you’re in for a real ride after. It’s best to keep yourself informed on the type of risks that you’re exposed to so that you can make the right decisions if the time should ever come.

What makes your property prone to pest infestations?

In a simplified view of it, pest infestations start whenever there’s an entry point that allows them to sneak in, and resources or conditions that they’re attracted to such as food, water, moisture, or humidity. Any cracks or holes in your property is their way into your home, and whatever clutter left around is where they’ll seek refuge.

Very evidently, the factor that will, more often than not, decide if your house is pest-free, is if you keep it clutter-free, and have proper sanitation and cleanliness. If you’re often forgetting to throw the trash, leaving food all around, and spilling liquids everywhere, you’re breeding grounds for a pest infestation. On top of that, messy areas all round the house allow pests to enter without being identified, giving them the perfect hideaway.

There are other factors that play a role in pest infestations as well, such as property location. If your home is located near old dilapidated buildings, parks, or even stretches of restaurants, you can expect to bump into pests very frequently.

What are the main pests that you should look out and how do you know if its an infestation?

Mosquitoes are easy to identify in your homes because usually, they’ll be flying all around you and your premises, making them easy to spot. If you hear high buzzing sounds, see quick movement in your line of eyesight, or are ridden with red bites all over your skin, high chances are that you have a mosquito infestation on hand.

Cockroaches are every homeowner’s nightmare. Upon finding any live or dead cockroaches around your grounds, its shedded skin, droppings, or egg cases, you’re most likely to have an infestation in your home. Other than that, if your house smells foul with an unpleasant odour, it indicates that cockroaches are in your nearby environment.

While small, ants can be very frustrating to deal with. It can be apparent when you have ant infestations—if you find ant trails in your house trudging along your counters, floors, or tables, find live or dead ants along the way, or even their main nest, then action must be taken quick to remove it before it gets out of hand.

Subterranean termites
Subterranean termites will severely damage your property, and so, you’ll often find structural damage following termite tapping or hollow wood sounds. They’ll leave mud trails all over or their alates, or discarded wings, and you may even stumble upon termite galleries and mounds.

After seeking refuge in your house, you can expect to find sightings of rodents and their burrows, droppings, or themselves in an alive or dead state. What follows is usually unusual smells, gnawing and rub marks and damage along your property, and hearing rodent-like sounds from time to time.

There are other infestations that you could be exposed to, but these are the main ones that you should always keep an eye out for. The best way to protect yourself and your property is to have regular pest assessments and management, and we have that right here at Verminator. As a matter of fact, we’re offering a one-time free assessment now, so do reach out to us!

Potential Aedes Mosquito Breeding Sites in Singapore

Potential Aedes Mosquito Breeding Sites in Singapore

While the mosquito population has been on the decline recently, if you’re still getting mosquito bites, high chances are that you’ve got the company of adult mosquitoes within your immediate vicinity. Evidently, risk is still ever present, and therefore, you shouldn’t ever let your guard down—especially if you’re living in Singapore.

As an island city-state located just 1 degree north of the equator, Singapore’s warm and humid climate is heaven on earth for mosquitoes. While generally active throughout the year, mosquitoes are most abundant during the warmer months from May to September.

In spite of that, an unusual rise in dengue cases has been recorded in Singapore, with a total of 29,571 cases as of November 2022. With reported cases in 2021 at a total of 5,258 cases, this would mean that figures are at a sixfold increase when compared against each other.

Dengue is transmitted through the bite of an infected aedes aegypti mosquito. An individual can be infected with dengue for up to four times in their life, and it comes with a slew of symptoms such as fever, severe headaches, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, and rashes.


Areas with a High Population of Aedes Mosquitoes

According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), highly populated areas in Singapore include Jurong East & West, Woodlands Ave, Ang Mo Koi, Plantation Ave, and Rivervale Cres, among others.

However, being aware of these areas is simply not enough. As advised by the mosquito control services in Singapore, the public must be wary of potential breeding sites in these areas to prevent the increase of aedes mosquitoes too.

Just about anything can turn into an inviting breeding site for aedes mosquitoes. Preferring low volumes of stagnant water, aedes mosquitoes are likely to breed in areas wherein water tends to pool when not frequently cleared out or replaced.

Top 5 Breeding Habitats in Homes:

  • Domestic containers such as pails
  • Flower pot plates or trays
  • Ornamental containers such as vases
  • Litter, Refuse, and Bulk bins
  • Plants (hardened soil and plant axils)

Top 5 Breeding Habitats in Public Areas:

  • Covered perimeter drains
  • Open perimeter drains
  • Discarded receptacles
  • Gully traps
  • Plants (hardened soil and plant axils)


Engage With a Pest Control Expert in Singapore

If you find that the aedes mosquito population in your area may have gotten out of control, it is best to let local pest control services handle the situation to prevent yourself from getting infected in the process.

Engaging with pest control experts such as Verminator, rather than tackling the issue on your own, both reduces the risk of exposing your household to harmful toxins, and saves you the extra cost that you may spend on products that either serve as a temporary measure, or that may build the resistance of aedes mosquitoes against insecticide.

Verminator offers the complete end-to-end solution for you. From a complimentary home inspection to thoroughly assess your situation and understand your concerns, to offering biological treatments recommended by the World Health Organisation Pesticide Evaluation Schemes (WHOPES) that are environmentally-friendly, effective, and safe for all.

Verminator is a leading pest management company in Singapore, offering services for the residential, commercial, and public sectors at affordable rates. Are you concerned that your area may have a high population of aedes mosquitoes? Contact us today!