Common Myths About Home Pests

While most homeowners know that preventative pest control is the most effective way to protect your house, it's also very easy to dismiss pests if you only notice a few around your property.

Ideal Pest Control wants to help you protect your investment and maintain the health of your home. We want to dispel common myths regarding home pests so that you can take the necessary precautions and treatments to keep your property at it's best.

Common Myths:

If you only see a few pests, its not likely to be a problem.

Pests can be sneaky. If you notice any pests around your home, the chances are high that they've found a place to hide. Many places in your building structure can provide shelter and breeding spaces to insects, bats and termites. Foundations, floor joists, garage attics and more can quickly become infested with pests that pose a danger to your health and structure before you notice a large number within your home. If you see any pests, the best action to take is contacting a pest control service to eliminate them and help prevent future infestations.

Carpenter ants are harmless.

It's true that carpenter ants don't typically bite people, but that's because they're saving their chewing power for the wood in your home. They don't eat the wood, but they tend to build tunnels through all the support systems. As ants multiply, these tunnels can become elaborate and severely weaken the structural supports of your building. Take note of not only your home but also the trees that surround your property. If you notice carpenter ants, it's time to take preventative measures to avoid an infestation in your home.

If the queen is removed from a hive, the other bees will leave.

This myth is partly true. While the hive member will leave, most people don't realize that certain species will lay several queen eggs in the hive. Depending on where they are in development, if an intended queen hatches, your bee or wasp issue won't be rectified. The new queen will simply re-establish the colony. To avoid a bee or wasp infestation, both the bees and the hive need to be removed.

Clean homes don't need pest control.

This is one of the most common myths. While some pests are attracted to dirt or food, most pests enter your home for protection from the elements, as well as for warmth or water. Since they eat small, minuscule crumbs, items in your trash can or non-food items such as paper can sustain them. The cleanest of homes can benefit from regular pest control services designed to prevent pests from entering.

Please contact Ideal Pest Control today to find out more about how our maintenance programs can help you keep your home safe from pests.

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