While many of us take the advice of professionals and take advantage of the education that pest control experts can provide while spraying and ridding our homes of unwanted guests, there are still those who are holding on to the old wives tales and the timeless excuses our mother’s used. These excuses will only keep you happily ignorant until you see your first mouse run across the floor, or until you find your first colony of cockroaches in your attic. Even those who feel like they have taken all the necessary precautions have been duped by their own misinformation and will continue to have pest control issues until all their myths are debunked one by one.
To help this process along and to educate others on what is fact and what is myth, I’ve put together a few common myths:
My house was sprayed for rodents last year
First problem: if you went to the trouble and expense of hiring a professional pest control service and they told you that they sprayed for rodents, they lied to your face. There aren’t currently any rodent sprays; it hasn’t become an effective method as of yet. If someone tells you that they will use a liquid pesticide for your rodent problem, tell them you’re going to report them to the DEM’s division of agriculture.
I don’t need rodent control. I have a cat!
I lived in the country until I was fourteen, and as a curious child, I followed a few stray cats around to see what they would do with the mice in the fields behind my house. What did I learn? Some cats eat a few mice here and there. Some cats will pick them up and play with them, just like they would a chew toy. And some cats just watch the mice run back and forth through the field, through the yard, and even throughout house. The truth is, some cats could care less about mice, and it’s an incredibly ineffective idea to make that your primary form of rodent control.
It’s okay if there are pests outside. They won’t smell when they die.
A rotting mouse smells just as bad inside or outside, and even though the colder weather can mask the smell, it’s not going to make your garden party anymore pleasant when those dead mice start to thaw in early spring. When you find dead mice after using professional pest control services, remove them from your yard just like you would remove them from you living room floor.
My neighbor’s house was just sprayed; I’m in big trouble
I think this myth was invented by sneaky pest control companies that want you to use the same pest control as your next-door or backyard neighbor for fear that all the pests in the area will move into your yard. The reason why this is such a convincing myth can mostly be attributed to termites. Termites have enormous colonies and sometimes cover more than one house in a neighborhood. After one house in a neighborhood is treated, all the termites may disappear from that home, but the rest of colony may still be hard at work on your house and a few more houses down the row.
Only dirty homes have pests and rodent problems
My grandmother kept in immaculately sanitized, mopped, and vacuumed home, but there still seemed to be cockroaches running along the floor when we’d sleep in the guest room. The truth is that even though ants may not be following a trail of cookie crumbs through the kitchen, every home still has several easy points of entry for cockroaches, namely rain gutters, older windows and doors, attics, and basements. Even the cleanest homes can be susceptible to pest and rodent infestation if the proper precautions aren’t taken to protect these easy points of entry.
Now that you’re a little wiser regarding the common myths of pest control, you can stop ignoring the sound advice of your pest control experts and start ignoring the old wives’ tales that you’ve heard for so long. Once you’re able to forget about pest control myths, you will be better equipped to keep your home safe and prevent future infestations.
Lucy Markham is an avid blogger, and as a recent homeowner, she is obsessed with all things home improvement, DIY, and interior design.