What’s a pest? As define by Merriam Webster dictionary:-

  1. an epidemic disease associated with high mortality; specifically : plague
  2. something resembling a pest in destructiveness; especially : a plant or animal detrimental to humans or human concerns (as agriculture or livestock production)
  3. one that pesters or annoys : nuisance

So, in our urban society, a pest is best defined as No 2 & No 3 above. To further define it, urban pests are categorised to both invertebrates and vertebrates. They are considered pests if they:-

  • Destructs our property or products (i.e. termites, rats, beetles)
  • Spread diseases to human or animals (i.e. Dengue, Leptospirosis, Salmonella)
  • Directly harm human or animals (i.e bites from bedbugs, cat fleas, hornets)
  • Create fear or entomophobia to human (i.e. spiders, cockroaches)
  • Nuisance or their presence or faeces (lizards, flies, pigeons)

Commonly Found Pests Around Us

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