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5 Pest Myths Debunked

Wednesday, November 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Winter is a time where you don’t have to worry about pests when heading outdoors. The drawback is that it is very cold instead! With the uptick of mosquito and tick induced illnesses on the rise in Connecticut, it is important to know what types of pest control work versus those that don’t. It is never too early to start planning for spring pest control. To help you start your plan, we have common outdoor pest control myths debunked. 

1. You should only insect repellent at night. This is very untrue. Common biting pests like ticks and mosquitoes don’t discriminate as to when they bite. Mosquitoes can be a bit more active at dusk, but that shouldn’t stop you from putting insect repellent on during the day. Applying it is much easier than getting treated for Lyme or Triple E. 

2. You don’t have to worry about pests in the winter. Outdoor pests are usually not a problem but pests sometimes find their way indoors over the winter to weather the cold season. Stink Bugs, Lady Bugs, Flea, and Roaches can all make an appearance over the winter in your home. Be proactive and seal windows before it gets cold and treat pets for fleas monthly.

3. Bug zappers are an effective way to control mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to the water vapor in the breath of mammals not UV light. Bug zappers actually kill more insects that eat mosquitoes. Therefore your bug zapper will actually increase your mosquito population.

4. A house on concrete won’t attract termites. Most termites will simply walk over the concrete to get to the wood. If you are in the process of buying a home, make sure your inspector checks the wooden guts used to construct the home even if it has a concrete base.

5. Deer ticks are the only dangerous type of tick. There are many types of ticks and many of them carry different disease such as Powassan Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichia. Apply tick repellent before heading off to areas with trees and long grass and thoroughly check yourself for ticks when returning. 





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