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Bug Tech Busts 10 Common Pest Myths

10 common bug myths

Most of us are not too keen on sharing our living space with bigs, insects, and rodents. While our aversion to these pests is understandable, our fears and assumptions about those creepy crawlies are often unfounded.  As pest control experts, Bug Tech makes it our business to know all we can about all kinds of pests so that we can effectively treat your pest issues.  

Bug Tech’s licensed and trained technicians are constantly educating our customers and debunking common pest myths. Which of these misnomers have you been believing?

Myth#1: Citronella plants and candles will protect you from mosquitoes.

Fact: Citronella is a weak repellent. You have to crush the leaves to extract the oils for the plant and A breeze or change of wind direction can blow away any protection from a citronella candle. Bug Tech recommends customers have mosquito treatment reapplied once every month in order to be most effective at preventing mating, egg-laying, and new larvae in the spring.

Myth #2: Earwigs crawl into sleeping people’s ears and eat their brains.

Fact: Earwigs live on leaves, flowers, fruits, and fungi, not humans. They do not travel into people’s ears while they are sleeping. Bug Tech’s general pest control targets a number in insects, including earwigs. 

Myth #3: Infestations of ants can be easily dealt with by spraying ant spray at the area they walk across.

Fact:  Ant colonies stay hidden deep underground, so while you may have killed the ants that were on the surface, the rest will simply stay hidden underground and reappear a few weeks later in the same place. Ants are a common insect and sight in west Texas backyards, but when ants jeopardize your kids playtime or regularly enter the home or office, they can become a pest. 

Myth #4: You can tell the age of a ladybug by counting the number of spots on its wings. 

Fact: The spots on a ladybug’s back are no indication of age.  As ladybugs molt and grow wings their colors and spots may change. The number of spots is more indicative of their species than their age.  

Myth #5: The United States is free of mosquito-borne diseases.

Fact: No matter where you go in the U.S., there are mosquitoes that transmit disease. Did you know Culex Tarsalis is a species that carries West Nile Virus and they have been spotted in Lubbock as recently as last summer?

Myth #6: Bed bugs are only found in places that are considered “dirty.”

Fact: Bed bugs can be found anywhere that there’s a population of people available for them to feed on – whether that’s a high-end resort, posh office building, highly-rated hospital, average home, or budget motel. Although bed bugs aren’t known to carry disease, visible bites cause irritation and allergic reactions. Bed bugs also rapidly multiply and a single female can lay thousands of eggs.  

Myth #7: Cheese should be used as bait for rodent pest control.

Fact: While popular culture has no doubt reinforced this particular myth, cheese is in fact not the best bait to use. Mice prefer peanut butter, chocolate, and oats, while rats enjoy bacon, fruits, vegetables, cereals, and meats. Mice can transmit diseases, most notably salmonella when food is contaminated with infected rodent feces. Mice can squeeze through an opening as small as ¼ inch.

Myth #8: Chiggers burrow under your skin and suck your blood.

Fact: Chiggers simply feed and leave, like mosquitoes. Chigger larvae pierce the skin and inject a person with a salivary secretion that contains powerful digestive enzymes. Treatment for chigger bites is directed towards relieving the itching and inflammation the person is experiencing. 

Myth #9 Fleas will die without a host.

Fact: Unfortunately, fleas are very capable of living long periods of time without a host. They can even live dormant in a property with no other inhabitants. Fleas and ticks are both parasites and vectors. They both feed on humans, our pets, and livestock blood and carry a host of diseases including bubonic plague, tularemia, tapeworm, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and more.

Myth #10: Bees can only sting once.

Fact: It is true that honey bees are only able to sting once, however, other bees and wasps can sting repeatedly. Bees and wasps don’t carry disease and aren’t parasites. Instead, their sting can lead to life-threatening allergic reactions and even death. Africanized Killer Bees do live in West Texas and are extremely aggressive. They can sting multiple times, swarming victims that come in their path.

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