Some bugs get a bad rap from time to time. But what about an untruthful rap? Turns out, we’ve been hearing some false statements regarding bugs and pest control for years.
For example, earwigs have always gotten an untruthful rap. Since ancient times, people believed earwigs crawled into people’s ears to lay eggs. This isn’t true! It’s extremely rare for an earwig to crawl into your ear. However, it’s not 100% impossible. In fact, there have been documented cases of some pests, like spiders or ticks, crawling into people’s ears. But don’t worry; that’s extremely uncommon.
There’s plenty more myths and untrue statements about bugs out there, but for now, we’re going to bust 5 of the most common myths. Bugs like clean houses? Mice don’t like cheese? Seeing a cockroach doesn’t mean your house is dirty? MYTH BUSTED! Check them out below.
Myth #1: Bugs don’t like clean houses.
This is a giant misconception that a clean house won’t attract bugs. While a dirty house can make pests stay longer, a clean house is not bulletproof from getting bugs.
When bugs come inside, they aren’t looking for dirt. They are looking for three things: food, water, and shelter. If your home provides these, the bugs will stay and tell their friends to move in, too. An unkempt house is more prone to a pest infestation, but a clean house will not deter bugs.
Pro-Tip: A clean house lessens your chances of a pest infestation, but it won’t necessarily stop the bugs from coming inside in the first place. It’s important to seal entry points and windows with caulk or a door sweep. Many pests can get inside your home in an opening less than the size of a quarter.
Myth #2: Mice love a giant chunk of cheese.
Mice in pop culture are portrayed as loving nothing more than a giant chunk of cheese, because mice love cheese, right? This is actually not entirely true. Though mice will snack on food crumbs from just about anything, cheese is not their first choice. Instead, mice and other rodents prefer foods highly saturated in sugar— like peanut butter, honey, or candy.
Pro-Tip: To attract mice to traps, use chocolate or peanut butter. Don’t forget to use a thin string (like floss) to secure the food so the mice doesn’t take the bait and run.
Myth #3: Spotting a cockroach inside your house means your house is dirty.
If you see a cockroach in your house, that doesn’t necessarily mean your house is dirty. Cockroaches enter your home looking for food and shelter. If your home provides that, they (along with their family and long-distant cousins) may decide to move in. Once a cockroach infestation has been established, it can be hard to get rid of it on your own. It’s best to let the pest control professionals handle a cockroach infestation.
Pro-Tip: Roaches can get through openings the size of a quarter. Make sure to properly seal the entries to your home. If you live in an apartment complex or multi-family community, this is especially important. While your home may be spotless clean, your neighbor’s place in the same building may not be.
How to do this: Get a tube of caulk and a caulking gun, and do the work!
Myth #4: A bed bug problem can be treated with DIY pest control.
The reason solving a bed bug problem is difficult on your own is because these pests are extremely minuscule, making them hard to identify in the first place.
A bed bug infestation can happen rather quickly since these pests multiply fast. In fact, if you miss one pregnant female, your home can be reinfested with over 300 adults and 1,000 new eggs in under 3 months. For this reason, bed bugs are extremely hard to get rid of on your own, so it’s important to address the problem immediately. Contact Any Pest for bed bug control services today!
Myth #5: If you don’t see bugs, you don’t have a pest infestation or problem.
If you don’t see bugs, they’re not there, right? Wrong. In fact, termites could be silently feasting on your biggest investment, and you might not even know it. Termites and carpenter ants are silent pests but can cause quite a bit of damage.
Did you know.. Termites cause more than $5 billion worth in damages annually in the United States!
Does insurance cover termite damages?
Termite infestations can cause major damage to buildings and furniture. Insurance policies refer to termites as “wood damaging insects”. But unfortunately, most homeowner insurance policies do not cover termite infestation damage because a termite infestation can be preventable.
Also, most termite infestations are well-established before outward signs become visible. It’s best to become familiar with termite infestation signs, so you will be able to identify a termite infestation and get prompt treatment. Learn how to identify 8 signs of silent termites.