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Pest Control MythBusting

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When it comes to pests, there is no shortage of myths. Here are 10 incorrect myths followed by the facts.

Myth: Cats are the best way to get rid of mice.

Fact: While cats may catch a few mice, they are not an effective way to control a serious infestation. They do not eat enough to keep up with the population and may not be interested if they have other food sources. Professional pest control methods are often necessary.

Myth: Ultrasonic pest repellers work to keep pests away.

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that ultrasonic pest repellers are effective in repelling pests.

Myth: Bugs can survive a nuclear explosion.

Fact: While it is true that some insects can survive extreme conditions (including the aftermath of a nuclear explosion), they would not be able to survive the initial blast.

Myth: Cheese is the best bait for mouse traps.

Fact: Mice prefer peanut butter or grains and seeds.

Myth: If you don’t see pests, you don’t have any.

Fact: Pests are often close to the bottom of the food chain which means they’ve developed good hiding skills in order to survive. Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there. Some signs of an infestation include droppings, chewed materials, and dead bugs.

Myth: Clean homes don’t have pest problems.

Fact: Even the cleanest homes can have pest problems. Pests are attracted to food, water, and shelter, which can be found in any home.

Myth: Pesticides are the only way to control pests.

Fact: There are many non-chemical methods of pest control, including traps, baits, and exclusion techniques.

Myth: DIY pest control methods are always effective.

Fact: While some DIY methods can be effective for minor infestations, they are not likely to be effective for larger or more serious infestations. In addition, some DIY methods can be dangerous or harmful to people and pets if not used properly.

Myth: You only need to treat a pest problem once to get rid of it.

Fact: Pest control often requires ongoing treatment to fully prevent pests. Pesticides don’t last forever and the same outdoor conditions that surround your house will continue to be conducive to pests.

Myth: Electronic bug zappers are an effective way to control mosquitoes.

Fact: While electronic bug zappers can kill some mosquitoes, they are not effective in reducing mosquito populations. They will not be able to keep up with mosquitoes also some mosquitoes are active during the day.

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