10 Things Most People Get Wrong About Pests

Pests aren’t just an annoyance, they are carriers of deadly diseases and the culprits behind serious damages inflicted on our homes and properties. The way most of us perceive or think of pests, nonetheless, has never changed since antiquity. Whether these pests were mosquitoes, termites or cockroaches, the majority of people share common beliefs about them that are contrary to reality, according to pest control professionals.


10. Clean homes are pest-free

It’s pretty normal to think that keep your kitchen and toilet clean will fend off creepy crawlies. Cleanliness indeed reduces the chances for an infestation. However, it will not guarantee that your house will not be invaded by pests. For instance, the boxes of old items such as clothes, children’s toys and yellowing newspapers may not seem appetizing to you, but they are invitations for pests such as cockroaches and termites.


9. Stronger smell means more effective repellent

The strong unpleasant smell of most insect repellents such as bug sprays gives us the illusion that the smell is what does the trick. But in reality, the smell originates from chemicals added to the repellent just to give us heads-up. What kills the insect is complex mixture of chemicals some which have no smell at all. Nowadays, new organic methods are invented which smell less yet quite effective against pests.


8. A Professional pest control company is only needed for severe infestations

That is entirely wrong. In fact, waiting till the pest infestation spread will only make things worse. The sooner the problem is dealt with, the quicker and more efficiently it can be solved. There is no telling of the level of damages some infestation might cause if not treated early. Think of what termite might do to a wooden house, or what disease can mosquitos turn into a worldwide epidemic.


7. Fogging is harmful for health

The purpose of the mosquito fogging is to kill any adult mosquitoes that may carry diseases such as dengue fever or malaria. Indeed inhaling some of that white smoke while eating or jogging in the morning might not be a pleasant experience for any of us. Fogging, nonetheless, is considered harmless to humans, says who? The World Health Organization (WHO).

According to WHO, the chemicals used in the mosquito fogging incorporate a synthetic pyrethroid similar to the one used in most insect sprayers found in homes and shops. The white fog seen is created by blasting the mixture of insecticide chemicals and water into tiny droplets through the fogging machine. The amount of insecticide in the fog is very small, and is dispersed at quantities that can only kill something as tiny as a mosquito.


6. Good wood is termite proof

Many individuals, particularly the wealthy, believe that good quality wooden frames are termite proof and never decay. But what most of these individuals are unaware of is that termites go after cellulose, the materials that every wood is made of. As long as the atmosphere in the house is warm and inviting, the termite will do everything to get to that cellulose. It doesn’t matter whether enclosed in a cheap or quality wood.


5. Cockroaches don’t bite

This isn’t entirely false. Most cockroaches that you see wondering around in your house aren’t aggressive and will only bite out of desperation, but they are capable of biting, nonetheless. This mostly happen during severe infestations. Larger cockroaches that are found in the wild are known to bite humans they encounter. But the most serious of all biting cases have been reported on ships.

Cockroaches are considered omnivores, meaning they will eat anything they can reach out to. Some cockroach infestations on ships have become so serious that the roaches actually began munching on the skin and nails of those onboard. However, such extreme case is relatively rare, the average roach will not bite you or try to feed on your nails.


4. Natural repellent are best against mosquitoes

It not surprising that most people associate any natural products with better health. Many people perceive mosquito repellents are derived from natural sources such as plant. However, when it comes to mosquito repellents, there is clear evidence that such perceptions may not provide the best outcomes.
Studies have repeatedly shown that the most effective repellents are those containing DEET and picaridin. DEET, in particular, has been shown to be very effective. Picaridin is pretty good too. Both products have shown to be effective in local field-based tests. Unfortunately, several studies throughout the world have shown that botanical based repellents provide substantially less protection against biting mosquitoes than the mentioned two.


3. Few pest sightings aren’t a big deal

If you rarely see cockroaches on your toilet floor, that does not imply that your house is pest-free. Bear in mind that for every insect that you spot, there might be plenty more perhaps a colony hiding and breading behind your walls. Occasional pest sightings must not be lulled you into negligence. You should act the moment you see insects or any evidence of their existence such as droppings or damaged furniture.


2. Bug zapper is effective against all pests

The electric bug zappers are indeed effective against all insects that get attracted to light. However, when you open the zapper to clean the trap, you are likely to see bunch of dead insects of different species including bees, moths, dragonflies (known to feed on mosquitoes) and so on but hardly any mosquitoes. If the zapper happened to get a mosquito, it’s by utter chance that the poor mosquito blundered into it. Therefore, for the bug zappers to be really effective, you’d have to keep several of them around you to protect you from bites. Bats would do a better job!


1. The do-it-yourself pest control is the best

Do-it-yourself pest control can be viable option for homeowners, particularly those who aren’t struggling with serious pest infestation. However, most homeowners, in general, lack the training and knowledge that professionals possess to treat pest problems effectively. An essential component in addressing a pest problem is correctly identifying the insect species and establishing a course of treatment that takes the insect’s biology and habits into consideration. If pest treatment is inappropriately carried out, it may worsen the problems rather than solving it.

It is also important that the treatment materials used are handled carefully to ensure effective treatment and environmental responsibility. Therefore, professional pest control operators have the needed training to do these things, leading to the more effective solution to your ordeal with pests.

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