Pest Control Myths
How much do you know about the South Florida pests, insects, bugs and critters around you? Let’s uncover some of the common myths about pests.
Myth: Cheese is the best bait for mouse traps.
Contrary to what we’ve learned as children, mice prefer high-sugar foods such as cookies or cereal over cheese. However, since mice are scavengers, they will nearly anything you leave out for them intentionally or unintentionally.
Myth: Cleaning your home daily prevents bed bug infestations.
Cleaning your home regularly creates a clean, comfortable space that your family can enjoy. However, since bed bugs can hitch a ride on a backpack, suitcase, clothing, or just about anything, they can quickly become unseen residents in your home. Bed bugs are tiny pests that are difficult to see. They will stay in your home if they can find a food source – and that may be you! Bed bugs feed on blood and tend to live in mattresses, curtains, or blankets. They will happily emerge at night when you are sleeping so they can feast. The only real evidence you may find from these tiny pests are 1) the itchy spots left on your skin, and 2) tiny brown or black excretion stains on the bed linens.
Myth: Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and other stinging insects will only sting when bothered.
The more you stay away from stinging insects, the better. However, even if you don’t think you are bothering a bee or wasp, if they sense that their colony is threatened, they will attack and sting. Consequently, it’s best to stay far away from them and their nests as much as possible. As a side note, keep in mind that some people are allergic to insect stings and may have serious reactions.
Myth: Mosquitoes are only a problem at dawn or dusk.
Although mosquito presence is especially prevalent around the hours of dawn and dusk each day, mosquitoes can be out at any hour of the day. Since mosquitoes may carry Zika or West
Nile virus, be sure to apply a non-toxic mosquito repellant before spending time outdoors. If you plan to spend time outdoors in Florida, you may want to consider treating your property to remove mosquitoes.
Myth: Most well-maintained suburbs don’t have rats.
While nice suburban homes may have great curb appeal, they also may have pests. Many homeowners aren’t even aware that pests such as raccoons, possums, and rats thrive in the suburbs: they find food by digging through garbage cans that aren’t fully closed, water from standing water puddles, ponds, or pools, and shelter from a shed, patio, or bush. Several of these pests can carry fleas as well as diseases including rabies and parasites or “worms.”
Truth: Prevention is the key to pest control.
Our experienced technicians know which pests to look for, where they may be hiding, and which signs indicate they are in your home. Most importantly, our professionals know how to effectively control a few pests before they become infestations.
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