As pests have been a problem in homes for hundreds of years, many myths have developed surrounding their extermination. The myths we mention below are ones that families often try out before calling for professional assistance, which typically just gives the problem extra time to grow.
You Can Catch Mice with Cheese
Just because it works in the cartoons, doesn’t mean you should try it in real life! Instead of hunting for cheese, most mice prefer sweeter snacks, like peanut butter or dried fruit. And, of course, if you have a mouse infestation, one trap with some bait in it isn’t likely to solve the whole problem. You also need to figure out how the rodents are getting into your home and where exactly they are residing!
Pets Keep Rodents Away
Although your dog or cat is probably enough protection to keep one rodent from making its way into your home, they cannot keep a real infestation at bay. Rodents will actually be attracted to the scent of your pet’s food, and the easy access to a snack that it provides. And since rodents can travel inside of areas (like the walls) that your pets cannot, they will have an easy enough time avoiding your first line of defense.
Your House is Too Clean for Pests
Regardless of how clean you keep your home, there are some insect pests that will still make their way inside. Carpenter ants and termites are two pest problems that have absolutely nothing to do with cleanliness, so if you notice sawdust or strange noises coming from inside your walls, it is best to give the professionals a call.
Boiling Water Will Solve Your Ant Problem
A popular old wives tale used to get rid of ants on your property, boiling water does work to kill ants directly at the surface, but it is unlikely to reach the root of your problem – the colony (and its queen). Even when poured in the correct location, boiling water will cool before it reaches the majority of the ants, minimizing your problem very temporarily instead of eradicating it completely.
As with any problem you have, the longer you let it go, the worse it becomes. If you are facing any type of pest infestation, we at Amherst Exterminators urge you to give us a call. With years of experience in pest removal, we will work with you to find the fastest possible solution to your insect or rodent problem. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 716-908-2475.