Saturday, September 27, 2014

Truth or Fiction about Pest

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Truth or Fiction about Pest
I share with readers a few pest-related facts and explain whether they have any merit. This is an article taken from here given by experts from Orkin Pest Control.

You will get bed bugs when you walk into a room that has them.

You won’t necessarily get bed bugs just by walking into a room where they are present. Bed bugs hate light, sound and commotion.

While they are good hitchhikers and can spread by attaching themselves to clothing and luggage, they are generally lazy insects and spend more of their time resting and hiding.

Using household chemicals like bleach, sanitizers and cleaning agents will kill and control ants and other insects

These chemicals will not control ants or insects. They might kill the ones you spray depending on the strength of the chemical, but these household cleaners do not have the active ingredients to serve as a pest control solution.

While maintaining a clean home is key to reducing your risk of an infestation, you should not rely solely on household cleaners to solve your pest issues.


Carpenter ants eat wood. Fiction

Carpenter ants do not have the ability to digest wood as termites do. They only excavate wood and nest in the voids.

If your home has a wood foundation that is compromised with moisture or is rotting, work with your pest management professional to implement a program that helps keep this pest at bay.

After eating rodent poison, rats or mice will move out of the house to die outside

A rat or mouse will die anywhere as long as it has consumed a lethal amount of the poison, and regardless of where they die, they will smell.

The poison does not dry them out. The degree of the smell depends on the body mass of the rat or mouse, and temperature in relation to decomposition.

Experts recommend working with your pest management professional to set up a plan to address the specific pests in and around your home.

“When it comes to pests, there is often a lot of misinformation or simply a lack of information,” says Alice Sinia, Ph.D., resident entomologist with Orkin Canada.

“Education is critical when it comes to managing pests and for mitigating the risks associated with them.”

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