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Between the movies, cartoons and misinterpreted common truth myths around pests and pest control are born. Some pests get a bad rap and other myths just overstate the fact to such an extent that it then becomes fiction.
This blog post addresses a few of those myths and hopes to provide some truth.
Myth 1: Rodents love cheese
From a young age we are conditioned to believe that rats and mice love cheese, Tom & Jerry can’t be wrong, right? This isn’t entirely true, although rodents will snack on almost any kind of food crumbs, cheese won’t be their first choice. They prefer foods saturated in sugar such as sweets, honey or peanut butter.
Tip: keep all your foodstuffs safely sealed and stored away
Myth 2: Pets can keep rodents away
When the cat’s away, the mouse will play, right? Well not really. Your house pets may be able to prevent the entry of a single rat or mouse but will rarely be able to control an entire infestation. Like other pests, rodents have a natural ability to squeeze through tiny holes and find their way into your home without being detected, even by Mr Spot, the trusty household cat. In addition to this, when your pets do come into contact with rodents, they also run the risk of picking up viruses, bacteria, parasites or even toxins that can really harm you and your pet.
Tip: If you suspect you have a rodent problem brewing don’t put your pests in danger, rather get an expert in to deal with the rodent problem in a way that is safe to your entire household.
Myth 3: Bugs don’t like clean houses
There is a giant misconception that clean homes won’t attract pests. Although pests will stay longer in dirty unhygienic homes, a clean house is not a foolproof solution.
Bugs come inside your home looking for food, water and shelter. If your home provides these, the pests will stay and more will come.
A clean home does, however, lessen your chances of an infestation but unless the water and food sources are perfectly managed you still run a risk of an infestation. In addition to this sometimes even the cleanest homes near other risk factors (such as stables, rubbish dumps or farms) can still get infested, regardless of how clean the interiors are.
Myth 4: Spotting a cockroach inside your home means your home is dirty
Hand in hand with myth 3, if you find a single cockroach in your home, that doesn’t necessarily mean your home is dirty. The cockroaches came for the food, water and shelter, not for the ‘dirt’.
Tip: Cockroaches are sneaky critters that can squeeze through tiny spaces so it’s vital to make sure your home is properly sealed and that all food is safely stored away and no still standing water has a place in your home.
Myth 5: If you can’t see the pests, you don’t have an infestation or a problem
Have you long since held the belief that if you can’t see the pests, they’re not there? Well, we’re sorry to break it to you but often pests are accidentally introduced into ones home via deliveries, groceries from the grocery store or from boxes brought in from the Green Grocer, and they take refuge in harbourage points, which can result in an unknown and unwelcome infestation of cockroaches or rodents.
There are also the silent pests such as Termites and carpenter ants are slowly eating away your entire home, without your consent or knowledge. Read more here about how to check if you might have termites (Read more about Termites)
Tip: Double check your insurance policies that they include a clause against wood damaging insects. Many insurance companies exclude termites or other wood damaging insects, as the damage can be prevented.
Remember “One Flick and They’re Gone”