In most modern nations, there is still a stigma attached to pests in the home, which might hinder individuals from discussing pest concerns openly. It’s no surprise, then, that myths and bad pest control advice are as common as cockroaches, and even more difficult to eradicate (more on that later). In this piece, I’ll debunk some of the most frequent pest control myths.
6 Pest Control Myths Debunked
1. Pests are exclusively drawn to filthy homes – This is untrue
Pests can infest even the cleanest of homes. Cockroaches, ants, and rodents, for example, have three basic needs: food, water, and shelter. Regardless matter how clean your house is, it can meet all of these requirements. Termites are only interested in the wood structure and components of your home, thus cleanliness isn’t an issue for them.
2. I can use cheese as rat/mouse bait – No
Cheese is not a favoured food source for mice and rats, despite the fact that they are drawn to most meals (including cheese). They favour nuts, seeds, and even cotton wool as nesting material.
3. Bed bugs are only found in hotels and motels – This is untrue
Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers, catching a ride on your luggage and entering your home. They can be found in hotels, motels, and other lodging. Bed bugs can be located in the seams of your mattress, as well as on bedside tables, alarm clocks, and other dark hiding places in the bedroom. Their hiding places, however, are not confined to bedrooms; they can also be located in family rooms and other spaces.
4. Natural oils are a good way to keep pests at bay – False
Natural oils have been shown to be efficient as insect repellents in studies, however, they are only short-term pest treatments. Professional pest control considers the pest’s species, habits, and environment. Professionally trained experts use our chemicals and procedures to target the pest while avoiding harming your family or pets.
5. Termites can’t eat brick houses – This is untrue
Termites, despite their reputation as a wood pest, also attack the wood in brick homes. Termites will be attracted to even the slightest piece of wood. Subterranean termites can also get into your home through concrete slab cracks and expansion joints.
6. Supermarket pest sprays can get rid of my pest problem – It depends
Supermarket insect treatments, like natural oils, can be beneficial for certain, short-term pest problems. Sprays will not likely be applied to the correct regions – and certainly not in the correct volumes to be successful – if pest control knowledge is lacking, especially when the situation becomes out of hand. In fact, applying pest spray in the wrong area can be harmful to you and your family’s health.
We recommend enlisting the help of a specialist. Our Pest Control technicians have received comprehensive training, have the appropriate supplies and equipment, attend workshops, and keep their pest expertise up to date on a regular basis in order to provide successful pest management.