Some myths are relatively harmless, while others can put the health of your family, and even the integrity of your home, in danger. Pest control myths clearly belong in the latter category, and what you do not know about household pests could hurt you and your family.
Many of these pest control myths have persisted for decades, while others are relatively new. No matter what their age, believing these common pest control myths is a bad idea, so here are some of the most persistent pest control lies and the truth behind them.
Myth 1 – Bedbugs Are Only a Problem for Fleabag Hotels and Rundown Apartments
The truth is that bedbugs can survive anywhere, from the 1000-thread count sheets in a 5-star resort to the cheapest apartment on the block. Bedbugs have been found in all 50 states in the U.S., and they are just as happy in single family homes and fancy hotels as they are on skid row. If you have a bed, you are at risk of a bedbug infestation.
Myth 2 – You Should Bait Your Mousetraps with Cheese
While a hungry mouse will go for the cheese, peanut butter is a better option. Peanut butter is sticky, and it will adhere to the mousetrap and make a catch more likely. You can also use pieces of bacon, bits of fruit or even gumdrops to bait your rodent traps.
Myth 3 – You Can Skip the Bug Spray from Dawn to Dusk
While it is true that insects are most active at dusk and dawn, they are always ready for a quick snack. You should apply bug spray whenever you go outside, since mosquitoes, flies and other bloodsucking insects are hungry day and night.
Myth 4 – Bug Zappers will Zap Mosquitoes Too
A bug zapper can be a handy device to have around, but you should not expect it to rid your back yard of mosquitoes. These bloodsucking creatures are not attracted to the bright lights of the bug zapper the same way moths and flies are, so keep the mosquito repellent handy even if the bug zapper is turned on.
Myth 5 – You Do Not Need Professional Pest Control
Pest control is not a DIY project, and you should seek professional help and guidance if you suspect unwanted houseguests have moved into your home. A pest control professional can assess the situation, make recommendations to keep those troublesome rodents and insects outside where they belong, and remove any that have already moved in.
Understanding the myths associated with pest control can make your home safer and more comfortable. The more you know about common household pests and how to avoid them, the easier it will be to keep those harmful creatures at bay.