People have been battling pests trying to invade their homes for centuries, which has created a vast array of knowledge on how to stop them. However, with that knowledge creates some myths, otherwise known as false facts that everyone knows. Today, we are going to dispel some of those myths!
Myth #1: Mice Love Cheese
Mice love cheese, right? In all reality, mice like cheese about as much as any other available food. If you are looking for bait to lure a mouse into a trap, you are better off choosing a food with a high sugar content such as peanut butter, dried fruit, or other sweets.
Myth #2: Bug Zappers Kill Off Mosquitos
Many believe the bug zappers will help kill off the local mosquito population, making it more pleasant to enjoy spending time outdoors. Sadly, this is not the case. First, bug zappers use UV light to attract insects, which works on many, but not mosquitos. Second, zappers aren’t strong enough to kill most insects; therefore, you are essentially drawing them in and without killing them.
Myth #3: Bees Only Sting Once
When you were little, you were probably told that bees only sting once. While this is true of honey bees, it does not apply to other bees like wasps and hornets. These mean creatures can sting you as many times as they want.
Myth #4: Cockroaches Can Live Without Their Heads
It is true that cockroaches don’t need their heads for blood circulation or to breathe. However, cockroaches do need their heads to eat food and drink water. While it would take a couple of weeks for them to starve to death, they will ultimately die if they lose their heads.
Myth #5: Bugs Don’t Like Clean Houses
While keeping your home spic and span is always a good option, it doesn’t make it bug proof. Dirt on the floors isn’t what attracts insects, but instead, they are always on the lookout for food, water, and shelter. If your home can provide them with this, you may have some unwanted guests.
Myth #6: If You Don’t See Them, They Aren’t There
An old legend says that “if you can’t see them, they aren’t there,” which couldn’t be further from the truth. Many insects are adept at hiding. Some, like carpenter ants and termites, can hide in the walls with you being none the wiser. Other insects are nocturnal, like bed bugs, and only come out once you are asleep.
Myth #7: Pest Control Chemicals are Unhealthy
Many years ago, this was a true statement, but now it no longer applies. Today, pest control professionals use eco-friendly and safe products to get rid of your pest problems. They always want to ensure that you, your family, your pets, and your home are safe and healthy. If you are having a pest problem, don’t worry about health risks. Give your local pest control professionals a call to see what treatment plans are available for you.