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Pest Management Myths Busted!

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There is a lot of advice on the internet about how to manage pests and, without an education in entomology and pest control, it can be difficult to know what is true, and what is not. So, we've put together a few pest management myths to help steer you in the right direction.

Can you stop an ant infestation with grits?

There is a rumor that ants will actually explode if they eat oatmeal, cornmeal, or cream of wheat. Before you decide to sprinkle these around to stop your ant problem, you need to know that this just doesn't work. When ants consume these, their stomachs do not blow up. In fact, researchers have concluded that laying these items down actually attracts foraging ants.

Does pressure treated wood poison ants?

There are some who believe that pressure treated wood is perfect for killing an ant mound. All you have to do is sprinkle sawdust onto an ant mound and let the poison do its work. Sadly, all you're going to do is give those ants the material they need to add a beautiful extension onto their home.

Will a shallow bowl filled with water and dish detergent attract and kill mosquitoes?

While mosquitoes are attracted to stagnant water, and they do leave their eggs in stagnant water, they aren't likely to flock to this concoction in large numbers. You could kill one if it gets too close and drowns in the solution due to the reduced surface tension, but you're not likely to make any real dent in the mosquito population around your home with this method.

Does borax and sugar stop roaches?

There is a theory that mixing borax and sugar together will kill off the roaches in a home. This couldn't be further from the truth. Not only are cockroaches unlikely to nibble on this concoction, borax is inefficient at taking down these robust bugs. Beyond the straight ineffectiveness of this method, there is also a side consequence. If you use borax and sugar to kill the roaches in your home, you may be tempted to think they're gone. This can lead to continued cockroach - related illness in your home.

Does mayonnaise suffocate the lice in your hair?

While it may sound disgusting, some people are willing to give this one a try. Considering how traumatizing lice can be, we can understand why. But, before you decide to lather some mayonnaise in your hair, and put on a shower cap, you need to know that this is not effective. You may kill some adult lice by thoroughly mixing this oily substance in your hair and trapping them in with the cap, but you won't kill their eggs. Thus, you won't get rid of your problem. The better way is to stop a lice problem "before" it begins, by keeping wildlife from invading your home. When mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and other animals get in, they can bring lice and other parasites in with them.

There are a lot of great DIY ideas on the internet. But, when it comes to pest management, it is best to have an educated professional take care of your problem.