6 Pest Control Myths Debunked

To this day, there are still many myths associated with removing pests

Whilst some of them are entertaining, others are dangerous.

Many pest-related myths may never die away, but we think it’s crucial to identify the common myths and show you the truth. So, here are our top 6 myths…

1) Only Unclean Homes Attract Pests – FALSE

Pests are not deterred by cleanliness. For example, ants, cockroaches, and rodents only require food, water and shelter to survive. Therefore, a clean home is just as good as a messy home.

However, a clutter-free home can help avoid giving mice a place to hide and nest.

2) Bed Bugs Are Only Found in Hotels – FALSE

Bed bugs live, breed, and feed anywhere humans sleep. That means your home is a target too, not just hotels, motels, or BnBs.

Bed bugs hide in the seams of mattresses and the cracks and crevices of furniture, skirting board, and wallpaper.

When it comes to hotels, they do like to cling to the seams of luggage and clothing. Therefore, it’s necessary to take precautions when travelling.

3) Natural Oils Will Pests Away – FALSE

Some natural oils can repel insects, but only in the short term.

Removing pests already dwelling in or around your property requires a professional pest controller with appropriate chemicals and techniques.

4) Cheese makes a Good Rat/Mouse Bait – FALSE

Unfortunately, rats and mice are not attracted to cheese. So using cheese as bait is useless. Rodents enjoy nuts and seeds and prefer soft substances like cotton wool for nesting materials.

5) Termites Can’t Eat Through Bricks – FALSE

Termites are commonly thought to only eat through wood. However, they are more than capable of chewing through brick. Subterranean termites are known to get through tough concrete slabs and expansion joints.

6) Over-the-counter Pest Sprays Are Enough To Combat Any Pest – SOMETIMES

Some insect repellents work great as short-term solutions. Whether it’s for ants, cockroaches, or flies, it’s unlikely that sprays will contain larger infestations. Also, many sprays can be harmful to your health.

Therefore, we recommend contacting an expert pest controller with the knowledge and skills to remove an infestation safely.


This post was written in conjunction with Zest Environmental, who provide disinfection fogging in Glasgow and throughout Central Scotland

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