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7 Myths About Pest Control You Still Believe

Posted on November 14th, 2018 by Matteo Grader

Pest control is a widely debatable topic because there’s a lot of problems that vermin can cause to humans. Many people offer solutions to pest-related problems, some of which work, some don’t. The truth is that it’s strongly individual to the case.

However, there are some myths about pest control and treatments that we, at Panther Pest Control , would like to clear so there’s no confusion and people don’t suffer the consequences of believing them.

Myth 1. DIY pest control methods are enough.

There are tons of websites, blogs, videos, and probably other forms of content, telling us all about the different ways people can get rid of most types of pests on their own. With poisons, traps, even natural ways such as basil leaves, Borax, traps, etc. And some of them probably work, when you start on time, if there isn’t a big problem, or the type of pest is susceptible to the type of insecticide or pesticide or trap that you are using. Sadly, that’s not always the case.

Most talked about DIY and natural methods for dealing with pests:

Diatomaceous earth – or for short DE is said to help treat infestations such as snails, bed bugs, spiders, fleas, ants, even ticks and cockroaches. Even if it manages to kill some of the bugs, it can hardly be a reliable pest control method for bigger infestations.

DIY insect traps – we’ve heard of homemade traps for bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, and more insects. Again, the may effectively kill some bugs, but are not really dependable for huge infestations.

Soapy water, vinegar, cucumber, mint tea or basil leaves, and more – all very natural ingredients for killing insects, however, they are not that helpful when your home is attacked by pests.

Myth 2. You can inspect your home for bugs and rodents efficiently.

You may be able to inspect a lot of places, nooks and crannies in your home and if you’re lucky enough, it will be pest-free. But for a thorough and 100% efficient inspection for pests, only professionals will be able to do it.

Pest technicians use special equipment and are trained in finding the smallest signs of infestations. They also use professional pesticides, baits, traps that you might not find in your regular store.

Myth 3. Mice and rats traps are enough to deal with an infestation.

Mice or rats traps/poison should not be used alone. They should be combined with an inspection and regular checks and closing all entry points for rodents.

Why they are ineffective?
Because mice reproduce quickly and can cause a huge infestation in just a couple of weeks, so placing some poison and traps here and there will not do much. If you don’t know there’s a nest in your house, you will never be able to get rid of them on your own.

That’s why professional pest controllers do an extremely thorough property inspection so they can identify the holes through which rodents come inside your home, and find out if there’s a nest in your home.

The gestation period for mice is about 20 days which means that only one female can have up to 10 litters per year, of up to 10-12 young per one litter. Which means that for each pregnant female mice, you can get 10 young mice to roam your house.

Professionals have tools that help them inspect hard to reach places and walls for holes and mice nests. You on your own, won’t do an efficient inspection and might not be aware of your rodents problem for a long time.

Read more: Most Common Mice Species Found in UK Homes.

Myth 4. Cats/dogs can be enough pest control, especially for rodents.

The myth is that if you have a pet, be it a cat or a dog, rodents will sense them and stay away from your home because they are afraid. While true to some extent as smaller animals like rats and mice could easily get scared if you have a pet, that’s not always the case. Of course many cats and dogs are fond of chasing and catching mice and rats, however, not all of them do it. So no one can guarantee you that if you have a furry pet your home will be safe.

Not to mention that there are individuals from both species that are scared of the rats and mice and run away from them. See why not all cats hunt mice.

Myth 5. Professional pest control methods are useless and harmful.

Pesticides and insecticides are used to kill or keep away different types of pests. They usually have a lot of chemical compounds and strong smells. That’s why you need to be outside of the property during and after a treatment. And kids and pets MUST be kept away from the pesticides, traps, baits, etc.

There are so many different products for treating pests on the market that some are useful, others are not. It all depends on the level and type of infestation in your home, the product and methods used for pest control.

What is more, for most professional pest treatments more than one treatments of the property are necessary for full effect. Some type of pests requires even more treatments, like as bed bugs for example.

It’s also important that preventive measures are taken in order to keep a home safe. So, no, professional treatments area not useless. They get rid of pests, but then it’s up to you whether you will get a new infestation or not. Most technicians will give you tips on prevention, so all you have to do is follow them and do what you can to keep the pests gone.

Read more: Organic pest control methods.

Myth 6. All pests disappear after one treatment.

This hardly ever happens. An infestation of any type of pest demands at least two visits and treatments for almost 100% of the pest activity to disappear. What is more, pests will stay gone if, as we mentioned it above, the clients follow the post-treatment tips for prevention.

If what attracted the pest in the first place is not fixed/removed/changed, pests will find their way back to your home. Be smart and protect your home.

Myth 7. Pests are a problem only when it’s warm outside.

There are pests for every season. With the switch of the seasons, the pests that are more active than others switch as well. Summer, being the season when most insects are active and Winter when they are dormant.

  • In Spring, most insects wake up from hibernation and start looking for food, build nests, their population grows, etc.
  • In Summer, insects are braver and don’t get easily scared by humans and predators and are always out looking for food. Rodents are also mainly outside and not looking for shelter in people’s homes.
  • In Autumn, the young ones born at the beginning of the year are already grown and start going out looking for food for the winter. When temperatures lower, all insects start looking for reliable shelter and food.
  • In Winter, most pests have either already entered your home for shelter or are trying to get inside. It provides the ideal living conditions for them.

You can check which are the active infestations throughout all seasons in the UK in our Pest Control Calendar.

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Hopefully, you now understand pests’ behaviour a little bit better and realise that not everything you see and hear all the time is true. Even if many people repeat it. So the next time you have a problem with pests, you will know what measures to take and who to call for adequate help.

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