Since the dawn of time humans have been seeking ways to control their environment, including pests. Sometimes an idea has been repeated often enough by enough people that it turns into something most people believe is true, which is how DIY pest control was born. The advent of social media has made ideas spread like wildfire, but it’s important to know if the information you are getting is right or just a bunch of malarkey. So what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to DIY pest control and how can you tell the difference? Read on to find out!
Claim: If you sprinkle grits on your countertops it will keep ants out.
The truth of the matter is that while grits are delicious, they are not going to help you win your battle against ants. You may actually be providing ants with a snack they enjoy if you do this, so keep your grits for yourself. Don’t attract the pests you are trying to get rid of!
Claim: It’s best to bait mousetraps with cheese.
You probably watched a lot of Tom and Jerry growing up, but outside of the cartoon universe you aren’t going to attract mice to the traps this way. Peanut butter is the only sure fire way to get a mouse in your trap!
Claim: Bay leaves will keep pests at bay.
This one is actually grounded in reality. You can protect your cooking supplies and pantry staples by using bay leaves. You can either place leaves around the things you want to protect or put them directly in the food, such as flour. Just be aware that will bay leaves may keep pests away for a bit, you still need to makes sure you have a spic and span pantry that won’t attract pests.
Claim: Putting a penny in a bag of water will keep flies and mosquitoes away.
Even though you’re trying to keep flies and mosquitoes away, this may actually be a better way to attract them. Shiny things have been found to lure insects – so keep your change in the piggy bank.
Claim: You can get rid of fruit flies with vinegar.
This one is spot on. The scent of vinegar will attract fruit flies, so you can fashion a trap out of a cup, some vinegar and some plastic wrap with small holes poked in the top. The flies will climb in through the small holes to get to vinegar but they can’t crawl back out. Try it, it really works!
Claim: Peppermint oil will get rid of spiders.
You spray about anything on a spider web to get a spider to abandon it. The problem is that they’ll just move to another place and build a web. So, you’re not really solving a spider problem by doing this, but you may make your house smell very good for the holidays.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about pest control and what you can do on your own to solve your pest problem. The best course of action, however, is to always contact a pest control professional to find out things that will really work to solve your pest problem.