While you know that you don’t want bees on your property or ants on the counters of your home, what you probably don’t know is that there are some myths associated with urban pests that you might want to consider. Of course, with any of these urban pests it is best to call in reputable pest control to take care of the problem, but the myths being dispelled can help you as well. With that being said, read on below for a few of the top urban myths about urban pests.
Bees can Only Sting You Once
While it is true that bees die after stinging, that is only because the stinger rips half of their stomach out once it gets stuck in your skin. Bees can sting other bees and still be able to sting you as well.
Boiling Water Takes Care of Ants
Pouring boiling water onto an ant hill will kill the ants that are on the surface. However, by the time it makes its way to the queen, the water is cool enough not to have an effect. This means that the ants will come back, just probably in another location.
Mice Are Addicted to Cheese
While a mouse certainly won’t turn down cheese that is left in their path, they actually prefer food with a higher sugar content. If you are looking to catch a mouse, the experts at most pest control companies say that you should use muesli, peanut butter or dried fruits instead to bait a trap.
Cockroaches Survive Without Their Heads Attached
This one is sort of true, but not completely. The heads of cockroaches are actually used to drink, so once the head is gone, they should die. However, female roaches can live for weeks with no water, if that tells you anything. Cockroaches can also hold their breath for up to 40 minutes so drowning one is about impossible.
Bed Bugs Only Live in Filth
The idea that bed bugs only invade places that aren’t clean is nothing but a myth. Five-star hotels have started to report bed bug activity in their rooms in recent years, and they are cleaned on a daily basis. Bed bugs can actually live wherever they find a home and are extremely hard to get rid of once you have them. The bugs are most often picked up in hotel rooms, dorms, theaters, or anywhere that you walk or set down your suitcases or purses. They can even get on your shoes and the cuffs of your pants. Your best bet is to make sure that you call in reputable pest control to treat them as soon as you realize you have an infestation.
These are only a few of the most common myths about urban pests that you should know. From bed bugs to ants, there are myths that can prevent you from knowing all of the facts. For more information, contact the professionals at All About Ants today for help.