Myth: If a spray doesn’t smell, it doesn’t work.
Truth: Scent does not determine effectivity. You’re already suffering through pest problems—there’s no need to suffer through your home and yard smelling terrible, too! That’s why we’ve worked hard to make sure our treatments are highly-effective with minimal odor.
Myth: You can only get fleas if you have pets.
Truth: Humans are just as appealing to fleas as dogs and cats are. So don’t assume that you need to have a pet on the premises to attract fleas. The odds of a flea infestation are significantly lower if you don’t have pets, but it doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have problems with fleas.
Myth: Chiggers burrow under your skin and suck your blood.
Truth: Chiggers do not burrow into the skin, and they don’t feed on blood. These mites pierce the skin around hair follicles (usually where clothing is tight—under a belt or the band of your socks), releasing a skin-dissolving saliva. Then, they feed on the resulting liquid and either move on to another spot, or leave. Itching and red dots are your skin’s reaction to the chigger—not signs that the chigger is currently biting you. To alleviate the discomfort from chigger bites, take a warm, soapy shower and use soothing skin creams to relieve the itch.
Myth: Palmetto bugs are not cockroaches.
Truth: Actually, they are. Smokybrown cockroaches are commonly called palmetto bugs. Smokybrown cockroaches start around three-eighths of an inch long, and have black bodies and white markings on the middle of their bodies and tips of their antennae. They turn a mahogany color before maturing into smokybrown adults, which are usually one to one-and-a-half inches in length and are “smoky brown” in color (shocker, right?). Adult smokybrowns like to live in mulch, log piles, thick vegetation, gutters, and even your attic or crawl space. On the coast, they are often found in live oak and palmetto trees.
Myth: I don’t see a pest control issue, so I don’t have one.
Truth: You don’t have to see evidence of pests to have a pest problem. Many pests, such as termites and carpenter ants, do quite a bit of damage to your walls and the structure of your house before the signs become obvious. The best way to prevent pest problems is to have your house inspected on a regular basis.
Myth: Mosquitoes are only active at dawn and dusk.
Truth: Most mosquitoes are active then, but their activity is not limited to these times. Mosquitoes search for meals (blood) whenever they prepare for reproduction—this can be at any time of the day. Mosquitoes are most known for the itchy, red welts they leave, but a bigger threat is their ability to transmit the West Nile virus.
Myth: Seeing just one ant indoors does not indicate a full-blown infestation.
Truth: Sometimes this is true. But, when an ant finds a food source, it leaves an invisible chemical trail for other ants to follow. If that food source happens to be in your home, more ants will come and may develop colonies in your home. Most ants that come into the home are harmless, but others like fire ants or carpenter ants can sting your family and cause structural damage to your home.
Myth: One method of pest control is just as good as another.
Truth: If you’re dealing with moderate to severe pest problems, the pest control solutions you can buy at stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Walmart aren’t going to be effective. To put an end to your pest problems, you need a licensed professional trained in the latest treatments and techniques.
Myth: I don’t need technicians or store-bought sprays—I have an ultrasonic repeller.
Truth: Manufacturers claim that the ultra-high frequency sound waves distributed by ultrasonic repellers chase away all kinds of pests. But there is actually very little scientific evidence that shows whether these devices are effective at controlling pest issues temporarily or permanently. So don’t waste your money—consult a licensed professional to control pests correctly.
Myth: Pest control isn’t important—I’ll take my chances.
Truth: Since insects transmit as many as 15 major diseases, they do pose serious threats to your health and home. Johns Hopkins University and other leading research institutions have found that cockroaches and mice produce allergens that can trigger asthma, a disease that affects 15 million Americans. And consider wasps, a stinging insect—many people believe they only attack and sting once physically touched or provoked. But all it takes for them to attack is a feeling that they or their colony is threatened, which can happen just by getting too close. Stinging insects send over 500,000 people to the emergency room every year. Don’t treat pest control casually—it’s a serious issue!
Myth: You’ll feel it when a tick bites you.
Truth: Tick bites are actually painless. If you do get bit by one, you may never know! While this doesn’t seem so bad, if the tick carries Lyme disease or another disease, you could go weeks without knowing you have been infected. And, while most people infected with Lyme disease will get the telltale “bullseye” rash, not all do. So, if you experience flu-like symptoms midsummer, play it safe—be sure to visit your doctor and get tested for Lyme disease.