5 pest control myths that just don’t work



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If you’ve got bugs, critters or creepy-crawlers, there’s no time to mess around with pest repellents or trap ideas that don’t work. It’s time to put an end to the myths.

Here are five pest solutions that (spoiler alert) will totally not work.


1. You only need bug spray at dawn and dusk

Most people think you only really need to apply bug spray as the sun is setting. In reality, mosquitoes can bite at any time of day, so it’s best to be prepared. However, what is true is that citronella naturally repels mosquitoes. You can stay clear of mosquitoes by making your own citronella candle.


2. Mice can be baited with cheese

In the cartoon world of Tom & Jerry, cheese is considered a practical way to catch mice. But, out here in reality, it’s not the best option when baiting your mousetraps! Instead, mice actually are more attracted to high-sugar foods like cereal, cookies or sugar cubes.


3. Bug bombs can rid your home of bed bugs

A bed bug infestation is a nightmare, so it makes sense why, in a panic, we would reach for a bed-bug bomb and hope the horror would end. However, research at Ohio State has found that bug bombs do next to nothing to rid your home of bed bugs. This is due to the brief exposure time and the fact that the bomb can’t reach them in their deep burrows.

If you suspect a bed bug problem, you should call a pest exterminator immediately.


4. Ultrasonic repellents deter spiders

Remember the sonic pest repellents that you could plug in to outlets to repel spiders or other bugs? These are completely unfounded and there are no scientific backings to the repellents. So, don’t even bother.


5. Bug zappers keep mosquitoes away

Unfortunately, bug zappers attract and kill beneficial insects (like pollinating moths), leaving mosquitoes (and the threat of West Nile virus) to do their worst. Mosquitoes could actually care less about the bright light — they’re much more attracted to you.


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