November 11, 2021 / New England Pest Control

8 Pest Myths: Debunked

Mouse sitting beside a mouse trap loaded with cheese

Pest control is an ever-evolving industry, as we’re always seeking out new and improved ways of doing things. Pest control specialists are always looking for ways to be cost efficient and safe, while being more effective. We do this by pursuing the most current scientific research about pests, which often contradicts the outdated science responsible for many pest myths. 

You’ve probably heard, for example, that bats are blind, but you can’t recall why or where you first heard this. The many misconceptions about pests can come from innocent sources like children’s cartoons or might have even been passed down to you via a good, old-fashioned “old wives’ tale.”

Here we pinpoint some persistent pest myths in order to debunk them, once and for all. 

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Mythbusters: The Pest Version

While there are probably more, here we offer eight of the most persistent pest myths in order to shine some light on the real deal defining these pests and their behavior. As the saying goes “Know thine enemy.” Otherwise, how can you possibly expect to protect yourself against it? 

Myth #1: Blind as a Bat

Bats are blind. No, they are not. Instead, they have extremely sensitive eyes that actually assist with their night vision. What we as humans consider to be pitch-black, bats are able to navigate with ease. It is true however, that they are not able to see in color, but this does not mean they are blind -- just color blind. 

Myth #2: Wasps: One and Done 

Wasps can only sting once.” Unfortunately, this is not true. Some wasps have been known to sting up to six times. A good rule of thumb is to move away from the wasps after encountering a single sting; if it's agitated, it could serve up another sting or two.

Myth #3: Boiling Water Means Bye-Bye Termites

While boiling water can kill termites, it will not complete the job of eliminating the termite colony, specifically, the queen. Termites live in the walls and underground, meaning you’ll never get a clear shot at more than a small percentage of them.

Myth #4: Bed Bugs Are on a Budget

You’ve probably heard -- or even thought this -- “Bed bugs can only be picked up at cheap hotels.” Not quite. Bed bugs are not particular when it comes to accommodations and will gladly stay at a five-star resort just as willingly as the dilapidated motel downtown.

Myth #5: Cockroaches Are All the Same

In other words, “All cockroaches are bad.” Well, not exactly! Of the 4,500 species of cockroaches only 30 of those are actually considered pests. Within that group of 30, a grand total of four species are a true nuisance and those are the German, American, Australian, and Oriental cockroaches. 

Myth #6: Mice are Cheese Connoisseurs

Okay, you’ve probably heard it said that “Cheese makes for the best mouse bait.” Actually, mice prefer sweet over savory. The best bait for a mouse is peanut butter. If you are out of peanut butter, anything that is sweet, fatty, and sticky will do! 

Myth #7: Winter is Coming; Ticks Take Off

We all might like to think that, “Ticks die in the winter.” Sadly, this is not the case. Depending on the specific species, ticks actually go into a state of hibernation, called diapause, or in some cases, remain active in the winter. This can happen when a tick has not had a big enough meal. They will still be hunting for more, even in the cold months. Typically, once the temperature dips below 40 degrees, you should be safe(r) from ticks. 

Myth #8: DIY Pest Control Gets the Job Done

No doubt you’ve muttered this a time or two to yourself out of frustration, “If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.” When it comes to pest control, this is certainly not the case. If you need a job done and you want it done correctly, trust JP Pest Services.

Local, family-owned and operated, we have been serving New England home and business owners since 1925. Committed to keeping on the cutting edge of the pest control industry, we know how to handle your pest control concerns and questions. 

Ready to let the pros take the lead? Learn more about JP Pest Services and discover our solutions to keep your home and business pest-free.

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