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Pre-Move In Pest Control in Singapore

Are you moving into a new home in Singapore and worried about it, on advice: Pre-move in pest control! Given the hot and constant humid weather here in Singapore, pest problems can be a significant concern for any homeowners, but that’s especially problematic when you are not aware of the house condition.

Pre-move in pest control is crucial for ensuring health, safety, and peace of mind. You don’t want to have a co-living with cockroaches or rats… Insects are omnipresent nowadays due to travel, pets, and their natural reproduction cycles that seem to be faster and faster. Furthermore some of these pests, such as termites, can be very localized and go unnoticed for a long time, causing substantial damage in the long run.

In this article, we will explore the importance of pre-move in pest control, the specific pests you need to be aware of, the advantages of treating your home before moving in, and how Verminator can help ensure your new home is pest-free.

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Why Pre-Move In Pest Control is Crucial in Singapore


Health Hazards:

Rats spread diseases such as leptospirosis, hantavirus, and salmonella. They can travel easily through sewers, plumbing systems but also from the outside walls, this allows them to infiltrate homes quickly, posing significant health risks to occupants and on top of that eating our food…


Rats can cause extensive property damage. They chew through wires, insulation, and even wood, which can lead to electrical fires and costly repairs.

Bed Bugs:


Bed bugs spread rapidly, often hitching rides on luggage, clothing, and furniture and while you might be cautious, it’s very difficult to know if it was the case for the previous occupiers.

That’s especially true as they can live for months without eating so even if the house is unoccupied you cannot rule out a bed bug issue.

Their bites leave itchy, red welts on the skin, typically in a line or cluster… Infestations can escalate quickly, making early detection and treatment crucial.

Eradication Difficulty:

Eliminating bed bugs is challenging due to their small size and ability to hide in tiny crevices. Professional pest control is often necessary to completely eradicate an infestation.


Disease Spread:

Cockroaches are commonly found in the bathroom and kitchen of the houses, particularly in high-rise buildings where bin chutes provide easy access or old plumbing installed. They can carry pathogens that cause diseases such as dysentery, typhoid fever, and gastroenteritis.


Cockroaches are incredibly resilient and difficult to control. They can withstand a level of nuclear radiation 10x higher that what we can tolerate. Cockroaches can survive on minimal resources and are resistant to many over-the-counter pesticides. Crushing them with your foot can spread their eggs, worsening the infestation, if you see one use chemical such as Baygon to reduce the proliferation. If you see a few it might be the beginning of an infestation, effective pest control involves a combination of sanitation, exclusion, and professional treatments. Contact us and we’ll solve your issues.


Structural Damage:

Termites can severely compromise the integrity of a home by feeding on wooden structures (cellulose to be precise). This can lead to significant structural damage that may go unnoticed until it’s too late, resulting in costly repairs. In some cases you might need an anti-termite treatment but that requires way more time and effort so not part of our regular pre-move in service.

Fleas (likely if the previous occupier had pets):

Health Risks:

Fleas can cause flea-borne diseases such as typhus and plague, and their bites lead to itching and discomfort. Infestations can quickly spread throughout a home, making it uncomfortable and unhealthy for anyone of us in this situation.

By addressing these pest issues before moving in, you can ensure a safe, healthy, and comfortable living environment in your new home.

Advantages of Pre-Move In Pest Control


Ease of Treatment:

Treating pests is much more effective in an empty home. Without furniture and belongings in the way, pest control professionals can access every corner of the house, ensuring no areas are left untreated.


An empty home allows for a more thorough treatment process. Pest controllers can use more intensive chemical methods when the house is vacant, and it’s safe for occupants to stay away for 24-48 hours, ensuring maximum effectiveness.

Health and Safety:

Pest-Free Environment:

Moving into a clean, pest-free home is essential for health and safety. Pre-move in pest control ensures that your new living environment is free from health hazards and potential damage caused by pests.

Preventative Measures:

Early intervention is key to preventing future infestations. Addressing pest issues before they become severe can save you significant costs in the long run. By stopping pests before they establish themselves, you reduce the risk of recurring problems and costly treatments.

Pests and Renovations: Why Infestations tend to Increase After

Disruption of Habitats:

Renovations disturb the natural habitats of pests, causing them to seek new places to live. The increased activity of people coming in and out with materials also raises the chances of pests being brought into the home.

Construction Debris:

Debris and construction materials can attract pests, providing them with food and shelter. This can lead to increased pest activity during and after the renovation process.

New Entry Points:

Renovations often create new openings and gaps in the structure of a home, especially in landed houses. These entry points make it easier for pests to infiltrate, leading to potential infestations.

By opting for pre-move in pest control, you can ensure that your new home is pest-free from the start, providing a safer, healthier living environment and preventing future infestations.

Verminator’s Pre-Move In Pest Control Services

Verminator offers comprehensive pre-move in pest control services, starting with an expert inspection where our professionals conduct a detailed examination to identify any pest issues.

For rats, we employ traps and rodenticides to ensure thorough eradication. Bed bugs are tackled with a combination of heat treatments and chemical solutions to eliminate these resilient pests. Cockroach infestations are managed using gel baits and insecticide sprays, effectively targeting their populations. For termites, we utilize baiting systems and barrier treatments to protect your home from structural damage.

If the previous occupier had pets, we address flea infestations with insect growth regulators and vacuuming to remove both adult fleas and their eggs. Our services start at $150 for inspection and regular treatments, but prices may increase for severe infestations such as termites or bed bugs, which require multiple treatments and the use of more intensive chemicals.

FAQ on Pre-Move In Pest Control

Pre-move in pest control is essential because it ensures that your new home is free from pests right from the start. This proactive measure protects your health by preventing exposure to pests that can carry diseases and cause allergies. Additionally, it safeguards your property from damage caused by pests such as termites and rats. Starting your new life in a pest-free environment brings peace of mind and reduces the risk of future infestations.

The duration of pre-move in pest control treatments typically ranges from 30 minutes to 2 hours. This time frame depends on the severity and extent of the infestation. Our professionals conduct a thorough inspection and apply targeted treatments to ensure effective pest control. For more extensive infestations, such as those involving termites or bed bugs, the process might take longer and could require follow-up treatments to ensure complete eradication.

Yes, our pest control treatments are safe for pets and children. We use environmentally friendly methods and chemicals approved by the National Environment Agency (NEA) to ensure safety and effectiveness. When booking your inspection, please inform us if you have pets or children, so we can tailor our approach accordingly. Our priority is to protect your family’s health while effectively eliminating pests.

To prepare for pre-move in pest control treatment, ensure that the property is empty and accessible to our pest control professionals. Remove any food items (if any) from the premises to avoid contamination. It’s also helpful to inform our team about any specific areas of concern or previous pest issues you’ve noticed. This preparation allows us to perform a thorough inspection and apply treatments more efficiently. But don’t worry too much on it, we’ll adapt to each situation.

The frequency of pest control treatments depends on the type of property you live in. For landed properties, which are more prone to pest infestations due to their exposure to the outdoors, we generally recommend a weekly pest control service. This regular maintenance helps keep pests at bay. For flat owners, a monthly or bi-monthly pest control service is usually sufficient to prevent any spikes in pest activity and ensure a comfortable living environment. Regular treatments help maintain a pest-free home and prevent future infestations.


In summary, pre-move in pest control, may it be for BTOs or landed house is crucial for ensuring a safe, healthy, and pest-free environment in your new home. By targeting common pests such as rats, bed bugs, cockroaches, termites, and fleas, you protect your family’s health and your property from potential damage. This proactive approach is particularly important in Singapore’s hot and humid climate, where pest issues are prevalent.

We encourage all Singapore residents to take advantage of our comprehensive pre-move in pest control services at Verminator. Our expert inspections and targeted treatments ensure that your new home is thoroughly protected from pests, especially given the potential cost saving opportunity.

Ready to ensure your new home in Singapore is pest-free? Contact us today!