Combat eliminates pests in our home

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We treat our pets well, kids snack and we always drop morsels of biscuits or crackers lying around. Pets find our home conducive.

Hold on! Cockroaches cannot be pets, they are pests!
And 小强’s nest (Xiao3 Qiang2 affectionate name for the creepy crawlies) might contain up to 200 cockroaches Yucks!

Kids lend me their toy cockroach for some OOTD shots :p

For a while, we notice cockroach nymphs appearing in our kitchen. Even after we smacked a few of them, they keep appearing!

The worst fear is we do not know how many more exists, as we cannot find their nest!

Although the nymphs are not big enough (not flying yet) to scare off human landlords, cockroaches big and small are capable of hosting and transmitting bacteria and diseases like Salmonella and E. Coli.
Cockroaches fluids and droppings might even cause allergic reactions leading to asthma symptoms.

It is hard to discourage snacking at home. If you face similar scenario at home, cockroach (and ants) baits might be the next option. We got a few packs of “Combat® Roach Killing Baits Strips and Combat® Ant Killing Baits Strips” to try at home.

Both the Cockroach and Ant baits come in small strips measuring 6cm by 1.5cm. This means we can squeeze them in tight corners, out of sight and away from kids or pets. We pasted these baits in strategic areas like at the back of our cabinets, door frames, corridors and next to rubbish chutes.
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It took about 3 to 5 days to confirm the effectiveness of Combat® Roach Killing Baits Strips. We noticed a sharp reduction in the sightings of cockroach nymphs. Then we saw a bunch of dead cockroaches behind our cabinet.

Ants did not fare any better, they are not exactly our favourite pets. They are always appearing through the cracks in our wall, cabinets. No matter how we patch and seal the cracks, ants will still appear.
This is very irritating and frustrating!

We placed the ants bait along our corridors (10 to 30cm apart), and ants were immediately attracted to the bait.

Is the bait sweet or what? The ants went back to their nest, and we have not seen them again for the last 48 hours.
We suspect the queen had already been poisoned. Once we remove the queen and the nest, we have remove the source of pest infestation.
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Both Combat® Roach Killing Baits Strips and Combat® Ant Killing Baits Strips work similarly. Cockroaches and ants will bring the bait back to poison their queen or female roach. This secondary kill will wipe out the pests in a domino effect.

Combat® Roach Killing Baits Strips is easy to use, minimal mess and continuously target the source of the problem day and night. Seeing how effective Combat is against pests, we have place a few strips in our car too.

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More details about Combat Roach Killing Baits Strips and Combat Ant Killing Baits Strips can be found on their website.

– Combat Roach Killing Bait Strips: $8.95
– Combat Ant Killing Bait Strips: $8.60

Combat Roach and Ant Killing Strips, together with the rest of the Combat insecticide products are available at supermarkets, hypermarkets DIY stores, petrol marts.

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Thanks to Combat®, we have 20 packs of “Combat® Roach Killing Baits Strips and Combat® Ant Killing Baits Strips” to giveaway.

[ 10 winners will win a pack of cockroach and ant bait each ]

1. Contest is on our Fanpage
2. Fans must first LIKE SengkangBabies Fanpage
3. Leave your name and email on our Fanpage (or you can message email address)
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4. Share this page (refer step 3) on your Facebook Wall and tag @SengkangBabiesBlog
(so that we know you are participating)

5. Contest ends 01 Aug Jul 10pm, and ten winners will be randomly picked

Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 features

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Recently, we got to trial Fujitsu’s ScanSnap SV600.
It is a scanner, but it is unlike normal “flatbeds”.

Installation was straightforward, and we quickly came up with some fun ideas to test our scanner.
Standing at one corner of our table, it actually looks more like a table lamp.
Love the small foot print, as it does not clutter our table.

Two interesting points for me, ScanSnap SV600 uses a mat and the lamps are situated on top.
Anything on the mat (up to A3 size) will be scanned into digital pdf or image file.

Just press one button to start scanning.
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One of the features of Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 is the ability to scan our memorabilia without damaging them. Flatbed scanners might accidentally damage our materials, when we sandwich our books or photos in between.

Or perhaps we are more used to the “warp or misaligned” output of books. You will be glad to know that ScanSnap scanner application allows us to correct the final output.
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Some advanced features even allow us to remove “accidental” fingers from scanned image. Pretty nifty.
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ScanSnap SV600’s contact-less scan means our photos (and memories) are kept intact.
Museum artifacts and library archives are being scanned safety with this type of scanning technology.

Ingenious! I dig out more honeymoon photos from Jeju Korea to archive 🙂
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(Collages created with Google Picasa)

Video (Link) : Kids exploring Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 features

Look at video above, auto page-turning scan, our Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 can detect a “new” page, and scan automatically! This is cool.
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Boon Yee wanted to e-document his stash of soccer cards, perhaps Euro 2016 gave soccer fans some inspirations. We placed the cards on the mat, and just press the SCAN button.
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All 6 cards were scanned into our notebook and we can decide to store them as one single file or 6 individual images. We can scan up to 10 cards at one go.

Secretaries will find this feature useful in scanning the tons of namecards 🙂
You can also use ScanSnap application to import the “cards” into your email contact list.

Be creative, there are many fun stuffs which we can explore with the ScanSnap SV600.
We heard MOSH! is using this scanner to scan the sea creatures into their digital aquarium 🙂

Meanwhile, our girl is busy creating her own science Ebook :p
She is scanning her Science Explorer and copying the pdf into our handphone, so she can read anytime anywhere.

I am sure you can think of more Fun ways to explore Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 too.
More Fujitsu ScanSnap features can be found at this link.