Common Pest Control Myths


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Pests have been around for as long as we have, and we have been dealing with them in one way or another for thousands of years. However, in all that time, there are still a number of facts that people get wrong about pests and pest control. Pests may outnumber us, but we have one big advantage over them: Our minds, and in order to remain pest free, we need to use them. Here are some common pest control myths that should be corrected.

Cats can Handle Your Rodent Problems

First, if you have a rodent problem, your solution cannot be found in the pet store. Some people believe that cats are efficient at taking out rodent infestations, and while they may occasionally kill a rat or mouse, they are far from being able to handle an entire colony. Plus, most of the cats that are kept as pets are domesticated, meaning they’re better suited to hunting for their food in a bowl.   

Fumigating a House Drives Pests Into Neighboring Houses

Another myth is that when a house is tented, the pests will be driven out of the fumigated houses into nearby houses. Actually, all the pests in a house during fumigation will be killed before they can escape. However, if one house in an area gets pests, there’s a good chance that other houses will get pests as well, though not because of fumigation.

Pests are Only Attracted to Dirty Houses

Keeping a clean house is very important, but even a pristine house can get infested with pests. Making sure that there are no crumbs on your floor will make it easier for you to get rid of pests, but it’s also important to seal any entry points leading into your house, as pests will come into a home whether it’s dirty or not.

You can Get Rid of Bed Bugs by Yourself

Finally, some people believe that bed bugs can be handled with DIY pest control. DIY pest control can work for some pests, but bed bugs are so tenacious that it’s in your best interest to hire professionals to get rid of them. If even a couple of bed bugs are left alive, they could repopulate and you’ll be left with the same problem you thought you just fixed.

Even in the age of information, much of what people believe about pests still comes from urban legend. Knowledge is power, so the more we know about pests, the better. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at today. 

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