8 Common pest Control Myths Part 1
Controlling pests has been an important human function for centuries, and tons of information about this subject has been passed on from human to human during this time. Since so much information has changed hands about the topic of pest control, it only makes sense that certain myths would pop up overtime. Here are 8 of the most common pest control myths that are commonly spread, and why they are not true.
Myth #1- I can’t have bed bugs or other pests because I keep my home very clean- While a clean home is less likely to attract many different types of pests, this does not mean that it is immune from pest problems by any means. Bed bugs are attracted to their food source, which is blood. That means that no matter how clean your home is, it will still be attractive to bed bugs if there are people or animals inside to feast on. However, keeping a clean house will mean that you will be more likely to spot infestation signs early on because there is less clutter present. Additionally, keeping a clean home will leave fewer food sources for other types of pests that do not eat blood. Just remember that keeping a clean home does not mean you can ignore taking other means to prevent pest problems.
Myth #2- A neighbor’s home being fumigated will drive more pests to my home- Many people believe that if a neighboring home is sprayed for pests, it will drive all of these unwanted visitors into other homes. This myth is not true, and most fumigations are done to kill pests, not drive them away. However, if a neighbor’s home is being treated for pests, it is still a good idea to have your home checked out because this means there is a presence of invasive insects, rodents, or other animals in the area.
Myth #3- I have a cat, so I won’t need to worry about a rodent problem- Many people think that their pet cats are the perfect pest control product for keeping rodents out of their homes. However, many domesticated cats are not driven enough to hunt down all rodents in a house. While some pet cats may track down, and kill mice at times, this does not mean that you are safe from having a rodent problem. Make sure to take additional means to prevent rodents, even if you do have cats in the home.
Myth #4- Daddy Long Legs are the most venomous spider on Earth- This myth has been around for a long time, and it is often believed that these creatures are highly venomous, but their jaws are too weak to inject humans when they bite. This is absolutely not true, and Daddy Long Leg spiders are actually able to bite humans, but they are not dangerous in anyway.
Here are the first 4 common pest control myths that are completely untrue. Make sure to keep an eye out for part 2 of this entry, where we discuss the final 4 myths, and debunk them. If you would like to learn more about how to properly control pest problems, contact us today!