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Debunking Pest Control Myths: Don’t Fall for These!

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Oregon and Washing pest control experts want to make you a smart consumer and homeowner (or renter) by exploring some of the most common myths about pests in Portland. Pest control works best when you pair it with knowledge, green pest control services and common sense.

The Truth about Pest Control from Washington and Oregon Pest Management Pros

  • Myth: Cheese is the best bait for mice.
    Truth: Mice like other food better, especially if it’s fatty and sweet. Save the cheese and try pet food, peanut butter, marshmallows or candy instead.
  • Myth: Pets keep rodents at bay.
    Fact: While dogs and cats may scare off a mouse or two, there is power in numbers. An infestation is more than an animal companion can handle.
  • Myth: Pests never live in a clean house.
    Fact: Cleanliness helps, but some pests don’t care, including bed bugs, termites, carpenter ants and those looking for a warm place for the winter.
  • Myth: Boiling water will solve your ant problem.
    Fact: Scalding water only kills the ants that it touches. Once the water cools, it won’t harm the others that are further down in the nest.
  • Myth:  Bees sting once.
    Fact: Honeybees sting once. Other types of bees and wasps can sting and bite you repeatedly.
  • Myth: A house with a concrete slab never has termites.
    Fact: As long as your home has wooden framework, you’re at risk for termites because they can squeeze through cracks in the foundation.
  • Myth: If my neighbor fumigates his home, his pests will come to my place.
    Fact: Most pests die before they realize the home is getting fumigated. If they do figure it out, they’re more likely to run inside the treated home…and then die. 
  • Myth: I can treat bed bugs on my own.
    Fact: Most of the pesticides available on the market are ineffective at killing bed bugs. In fact, they may do more harm to you instead of the bugs. Green pest control services that use eco-friendly techniques, like special heating units, are the most effective and healthy solution. 

If you have a pest problem at your home that doesn’t seem to go away or the infestation is more than you can handle, contact Eden Pest. The Oregon and Washington pest control service will inspect your home and recommend a solution based on the pest and your needs. Call Eden today.

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