Associate certified entomologist for 35 years and owner of A&C Pest Management Jim Skinner, and 20-year entomologist Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann lend their knowledge and expertise to debunk 15 popular and persistent pest myths. Below are the highlights with much more info in the video.
--A fine-toothed lice comb is effective in getting rid of head lice. So is blow-drying hair with warm or hot air. If there are lice on bed sheets, put them in a dryer at 140 degrees or hotter. This will kill them.
--Make sure you know if you are having a problem with mice or rats. They are not the same. A trap for one will not work on the other.
--A well-fed cat will show no interest in eating mice. Some cats will just chase the mouse back into its hole in the wall.
--Cheese is NOT the most effective lure for mice. Peanut butter works best, along with bacon, chocolate and cotton balls.
--Cockroaches need to be exterminated primarily because when they defecate, the fecal matter soon dries up and becomes airborne, which can be inhaled by people.
--Yes, bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye. An adult bed bug is the size of a lentil, a newborn one is the size of a poppy seed.
--You could still have ants in your house even if your house is squeaky clean. It depends on the outside environment. However, food particles daily left on the floor will mean the ants will take up residence instead of moving on.
--Bleach, vinegar and ammonia will not kill ants. Proven commercial ant baits are highly effective.
--No, we do not swallow spiders in our sleep. They feed on smaller insects and human mouths have no attraction.
--Natural oils like peppermint and spearmint have no effect in keeping away bugs. Other essential oils are okay but don't last long. Synthetic, commercial products are designed to be more lethal and last a long time.
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