Pest Myths: ‘Debugged’

By:

Eddie Connor

Being in the pest control business for almost 75 years, we’ve heard plenty of tall tales and misinformation about pests. And let’s face it, with over 900,000 known insect species, it’s pretty easy to get your facts mixed up. This season, we’re separating fact from fiction, so we can ensure no one is misguided by false pest information. We want you to make wise pest control decisions.

To ensure you don’t fall for pest fiction, check out these 4 ‘debugged’ myths!

Myth #1: Bed bugs only infest unsanitary conditions

Many homeowners may think they are safe from bed bugs because of rigorous cleaning and housework, but, the fact is, this pest can thrive in any condition. Whether your bedroom is tidy and sparkling or cluttered and grimy, your space could still be infested. Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide, and they feed on human blood, so a 5-star hotel is just as susceptible to this critter as a dirty dorm room. And while clutter may hide early warning signs of a pest control problem, a clean home doesn’t mean bed bugs won’t find a way to their food source: mammalian blood.

Myth #2: Houses on concrete slabs are safe from termites

The Center for Disease and Control reports that termites are the most destructive insect pests of wood in the United States, causing more than $2 billion in damage each year. With that said, it definitely ‘pays’ to know termite fact from fiction. 

The truth is, all homes are built with a wood frame, and termites are sophisticated enough to work their way from the ground to the wood in some way or another. This wood-devouring pest is able to construct tunnels through cracks in concrete slabs to reach a house’s wooden frame, making any home a target of termites. So, while we’d all like to believe our home is safe just because it sits on a concrete slab, that is simply not the case.

Myth #3: Light will scare cockroaches away.

Always fleeing into the shadows as soon as the light exposes them, cockroaches are the age-old pests that can really make your skin crawl. But the truth is, cockroaches are more scared of you than you are of them! In fact, this pest doesn’t have a light aversion at all, but scurries into the darkness because their hiding spot has been discovered. When you enter a room and turn the lights on, cockroaches are able to feel air movement with their cerci, a pair of appendages on their posterior ends, which signals to them to run, hide, and find a new shelter.

Myth #4: No visible pests? No problem.

This myth may cause a homeowner to think twice about foregoing their next pest control treatment. Not being able to physically see a pest outbreak or infestation doesn’t necessarily mean that your pest control situation is well managed and under control. Certain pests, like ants and stinkbugs, are able to cause extensive (and expensive) damage to the internal structure of your home before the issue is noticeable.

Prevent this costly property damage and protect your family or customers with one of our pest control plans, which can provide year-round monitoring so you can stop a pest issue before it even starts. Don’t wait until it’s too late, call Connor’s to check out your property for pests now!