Myths About Pests – Debunked!

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Most people in the world would answer you positively when you ask them if they hate bugs and mice. Just looking at a picture of a cockroach or reading about spiders, for example, can make your skin crawl. And it gets even worse when you know that certain urban legends and weird facts about insects might be real.

Watching movies including pest infestations based on popular myths are nothing compared to the threat of having a spider in your year or mouth for real. Luckily for all of us, most of the gross legends and myths have been debunked. Here are 10 myths and facts about insects:

You are eating spiders while sleeping – No you are not! Scientists have disproved this falsehood for years but some people still believe it. There are no scientific or medical records stating that anyone has ever eaten a spider in their sleep. Spiders will not approach a sleeping person. They are more afraid of the person that a person is afraid of a spider. Some people say that this was a social experiment to check how fast lies travel. So, sleep tight, you are not eating spiders while sleeping!
Myth – DEBUNKED!

A house with a cat is mice-free – Just because you have a cat or a dog, mice will not stay away from your home. If there are conditions and ways they can get inside of your home and find food, they will. Yes, cats can hunt and kill them, but they will be in your home nevertheless.
Myth – DEBUNKED!

Keeping a clean house will keep it pest-free – It might be helpful only for some types of pests. Just because your home is clean it is not safe. Most pests do not care if the place is clean, they come looking for food and shelter.
Myth – DEBUNKED!

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Bees die after they sting you – Not exactly. Only the honey bee will sting you once and die, any other species of bees or wasps can sting you many times.
Myth – DEBUNKED!

Bed bugs can be found in dirty homes or dirty hotels – This is also not true. Cleanliness might be one of the factors that keep bed bugs away but it does not guarantee safety. All they need is a place near a host – any home or other premises would do the job, even 5-stars hotels.
Myth – DEBUNKED!

Cheese is rats and mice’s favourite food – Do rats like cheese? Well, we have seen Tom and Jerry, but if the cheese is Jerry’s favourite food, it does not mean that all mice love it. Mice actually prefer sweeter foods. They will much more rather eat your chocolate than your cheese, for example. But they usually eat anything, so you can really use cheese on your mice traps to catch them. No professional pest technician will use cheese to catch a rat!
Myth – DEBUNKED!

a female praying mantis
The female praying mantis eats the male mantis – This is both true and false, to some extent. Many cases have been observed where the female would decapitate the male mantis after copulating but the other way has been observed too. The male kills the female. This type of cannibalism does appear more with the praying mantis species – so the legend is true. But it is not true that it happens every time and that only the female kills.

Or that it is the only species that does it, there are other species of insects and spiders among which this occurs.
Myth – DEBUNKED!

Soapy water repels aphids – This one is actually true. Use two tablespoons of liquid dish soap and mix with two or three litres of water. Spray the plants that are infested every couple of days with the soapy solution and you will manage the aphid infestation.
Myth – TRUE!

Mice do not need water – Yep. Most species can get the amount of water they need to survive from their food.
Myth – TRUE!

Cockroaches can live without their heads – Surprisingly, it is kind of true. They will only last up to a week without it, but they will be alive. This is possible because their circulatory systems are open and the head plays no important role in them.
Myth – TRUE!

Now you can sleep tight knowing that most myths are debunked. And you will not be eating spiders while sleeping. And hopefully be more cautious and aware of your home. Keep in mind that you should always check the facts before believing something to be true.

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