5 Pest Myths Busted

Myth: the idea is commonly known that if you pour scolding hot water on an ant hill, it will kill all the ants.

Fact: If you pour scolding hot water on an ant hill you will initially kill the ants that are on top of, near or just inside the ant hill. However, the ants that are farther in the ground will not be affected because once the water cools it is no longer harmful to them.

Myth: not only is this common knowledge, but it is shown in tv/cartoon shows. The myth is that mice’ favorite food is cheese.

Fact: mice prefer seeds, fruit, fatty foods, and carbohydrates. So, if you are looking for a solution to your mouse problem put a small amount of peanut butter on the trap and place a seed in the middle of the peanut butter, you could also simply place a piece of chocolate on the trap.

Myth: If your house is built on a concrete slab will never have termites

Fact: although your home is built on a concrete foundation if your home’s framework is wood you are at risk of getting a termite problem. The termites can slip through any crack in the framework of your home.

Myth: cats and dogs are an effective method of pest/rodent control

Fact: dogs and cats can, in fact, chase away the rodents you may have in your home. Although this can only happen when the cat or dog sees the rodents. It is common for rodents to avoid the cat and dog by traveling through your home in places cats and dogs cannot reach in the home.

Myth: if you keep your house clean you will not have pest problems

Fact: although it is true if you have a dirty home you are at a higher risk to have a pest infestation. But, a clean house does not guarantee you a pest-free problem. Pests don’t care about the cleanliness of your home; they simply are looking for food and shelter.