There are many misconceptions about pest control. Many homeowners still believe that their plants and trees attract pests, rodents, and other insects. That isn’t true; it’s just a myth. While some plants like wisteria may attract aphids, the leaves of most plants don’t contain anything to make pests want to visit or stay in your garden.
There are many different kinds of misunderstandings revolving around pest control; we will expose five of the wildest pest control myths. Unlearning wrong conceptions and learning the truth sets you on a better path to safeguard your home or business from all kinds of pests.
Mice Love Cheese
The misconception around mice loving cheese is so old that most of us can’t recall where we heard it first. It doesn’t mean that mice don’t like cheese; they’re foragers, so they would eat cheese as well, but cheese isn’t their favorite bait food. If you’re planning to trap a mouse, then try using foods with high sugar content. Peanut butter and other sweet foods will draw out mice far better than any dairy.
They Only Exist If You Can See Them
The problematic pests any place can get affected by are the ones that hide, such as carpenter ants and termites. They have a habit of being hidden under the walls, and bed bugs are nocturnal, meaning they won’t feed during the day when we can see them; bed bugs come out after the sun goes down.
That is where pest control services come in handy; when you leave the job to professionals, they go beyond just ‘keeping an eye out’. That’s why investing in regular pest inspection is beneficial. It saves you both time and money.
If Your Place Is Clean, You Don’t Have To Worry About Pests
Contrary to popular belief, a clean house or office does not mean you’re safe from pest infestations. Pests aren’t attracted to dirt or filth. They look for shelter, food, and water. Messy places may have more of that to offer, but that does not mean your home is free from food particles and water. When you’re cleaning your home, business, or store, always think about what pests demand. Then try to make sure that you deprive them of their demands and, they actually might go elsewhere looking to find food.
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The biggest misconception about pest infestations is homeowners assuming that they can take care of pest infestations on their own. Sometimes the best and affordable option is to leave the work for professionals and let them help. If your home or business needs pest or termite inspection, give Xterminator Pest Control a call or visit our website to schedule an inspection!