Pest Control Myths Busted

When it comes to pest control, many homeowners believe in household DIY tricks to treat the problem. But what actually works? In an effort to help our customers, we’ve debunked some of the most common pest control myths.

Myth: My cat is all the pest control I need.
Fact: No, no, and no! If you are experiencing a rodent problem, your domestic house cat will not aid as a solution. In fact, most house cats ignore rodents altogether. Here’s the truth: A cat raised in the wild might kill mice. A hungry cat may eat mice. However, most cats will catch them and play with them or ignore them completely.

Myth: Clean houses don’t have pest problems.
Fact: This couldn’t be further from the truth. While maintaining a clean living space will help prevent a pest infestation, it is by no means a guarantee. Pests don’t care about your cleanliness; they’re just looking for food and shelter.

Myth: Dryer sheets prevent mosquitoes, mice and rodents.
Fact: Dryer sheets are rumored to prevent more than just static cling. But there is no scientific proof to back up these claims. You may believe dryer sheets are helping a pest problem by removing dust and crumbs with a few wipes (which attract pests). But since we’ve already established a clean home doesn’t equal no pests, this can’t be true.

Myth: The best way to catch a mouse is with a hunk of cheese.
Fact: We’re not sure where this one came from, but it’s been in the storybooks since we can remember. Unfortunately for the believers, a mouse’s snack of choice is not cheese. Mice actually prefer food higher in sugar content. Peanut butter, dried fruit or cereal are more successful options.

Myth: Bed Bugs are treatable without pest control professionals.
Fact: Wrong! Bed bugs are the hardest pest to treat – even for the professional pest technicians at Aerex. The reason bed bugs are so hard to treat is because they aren’t the easiest to find. Even when you do find them, chances are there are more in places you wouldn’t suspect. A pest control company like Aerex will perform a thorough inspection of your entire home and create an effective plan to eradicate bed bugs completely. Do it yourself, and you’re bound to end up with a worse problem than you started with.

Myth: You can take care of pests yourself.
Fact: Bed bugs aren’t the only pests that require a professional pest control service. While it’s true some pests can be treated with DIY tactics, this will most likely lead to a recurrence. The only way to be 100% pest free (for longer than a month or two) is by hiring a professional pest control company. In the end, this will save you time, frustration and even money.

While you might be tempted to control a pest problem on your own, believe us when we say the problem will return or persist. That’s why contacting a Chicago pest control company like Aerex is the best and only way to truly rid of pests for good.

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