5 Pest Control Myths Debunked

5 Pest Control Myths Debunked

Some insects may be tiny in size but can be a massive nuisance. Whether they’re mites, cockroaches or ants, pests can make your life a complete mess. But there are many crazy stories about pests. Some are old wives tales, some come from clever marketing and others are so embedded in our pop culture consciousness, you might not even realize you believe some of them.

So we decided to bust 5 common myths about pests:

  • Myth # 1 – Mosquitoes Only Come Out at Dawn and Dusk

As most people will testify, mosquitoes can bite any time of the day or night. In fact, one of the main carriers of the Zika virus, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is a daytime biter!

  • Myth # 2 – Clean Houses Don’t Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are drawn to blood, so it makes little to no difference whether your house is clean or dirty. The only disadvantage of a cluttered house is more places for the bugs to hide when treatment is applied!

  • Myth # 3 – Pets Can Control Pests

The myth that your pets can prevent pests from surviving or thriving is just a myth. Whether it’s your pet cat or your fluffy poodle, having a pet is not a way to keep mice or other rodents at bay. For one, attacking a pest is extremely tough. Secondly, pet food could end up attracting hungry mice, who are quick enough to dodge your domesticated, playful feline who lacks a killer instinct.

  • Myth # 4 – Scalding Hot Water Can Kill All Ants

Pouring boiling hot water on an ant hill will kill all the ants, is just a myth. If you pour scalding hot water on an ant hill, you will initially kill the ants that are on top of, near or just inside the ant hill. However, the ants that are farther in the ground will not be affected because once the water cools it is no longer harmful to them.

  • Myth # 5 – Concrete Slab Deters Termites

The idea that if your house is built on a concrete slab will never have termites. Your home could be built on a concrete foundation, but if your home’s framework is wood you are at risk of getting a termite problem as they can slip through any crack in the framework of your home.