Unfortunately, there are many old wives tales and ineffective DIY methods strung across the web and social media sites. To help finally put some of these misconceptions to rest, we have made a list of the top five pest control myths that mislead people.
MYTH #1: A well kept clean home will not have mice or bugs
Although keeping an immaculately clean home is an important way to reduce the risk of insect challenges, it doesn’t guarantee it. Bed bugs, for example, can be found everywhere from upscale homes to low-end motels. The reason is that they are not drawn to dirt, clutter, or garbage – they prey on blood of all types. Where ever people are living and sleeping, so too could the bedbugs!
All it takes is a visit to an infected home, a bug crawls in your purse or on to your clothes and it’s carried home.
Whether your place is amazingly clean or overflowing with clutter, it makes no difference to a bed bug. Bed bugs can be carried home from hotels, nursing homes, public libraries, movie theater seats and many more public places. You may be shocked and mortified to learn the top 10 bedbug infestation spots in the home.
The only reason a dirty home would be more susceptible to a bed bug infestation, would be due to clutter hiding early warning signs of a problem.
Rodents are another undesirable pest that can be found in clean homes. Mice need a food source before they will attempt to make your home, theirs. So with this pest, it does help to keep the home free of clutter and to eliminate any and all possible food sources.
MYTH #2: Professional pest control treatments are dangerous to your health
The use of harsh pesticide chemicals is a thing of the past for any responsible company. Where stronger insecticide treatments are needed, the health and safety of the occupants can be thoroughly planned out to ensure there’s no unnecessary risk. The majority of pest treatment options today, however, are completely safe for you, your family, and the environment.
Some exterminator companies are even offering green options for pest control that are far less toxic and, as an added benefit, are often less costly than traditional options that include pesticides. The focus of these types of treatments is on preventing rodents and insects from getting into your house in the first place, rather than eliminating them once they are already present.
MYTH #3: Bedbugs are not visible to the naked eye
In fact, adult bed bugs are easily seen with the naked eye. The challenge is that they are nocturnal and they are good at staying hidden during the day. The best way to spot them is by the black specs of fecal matter they leave on your bedding.
MYTH #4: Ultrasonic repellents as deterrents is unproven
Ultrasonic devices are designed to use ultra-high frequency sound waves to drive vermin away. It seems like a good idea, but the problem is that manufacturers of these products have yet to support their claims with any scientific evidence.
MYTH #5: Consult a professional pest expert only when there is a serious problem or infestation
Thinking that a problem will clear up on its own is a big mistake. By the time you notice the first signs of pests, your home or business could already be infested. Don’t wait until you have a serious problem before you take action. The cost will increase with nest size.
If you suspect even the slightest pest control problem, contact a professional at San Jose Pest Control to get advice on your problem immediately.