10 Common Misconceptions About Pest Control

As homeowners, we all have experience dealing with pests. From tiny creepy crawlers like termites to small animals like rats, these pests can damage your property if not addressed quickly. Having a regular pest examination and treatment is a no-brainer. And yet, not everyone is convinced that pest control is a necessity.

Common pest control misconceptions

There are a lot of the misconceptions on pest control circulating the internet. To help you separate the facts from fiction, let our pest control experts at Masters Pest Control shed light on some of these myths. Here are 10 common misconceptions about pest control.

1. You don’t need pest control if you don’t see pests.

Not seeing any crawling critters is not evidence that they are absent. In fact, pests are actually good at hiding in your home’s nooks and crannies. Termites, for example, can build their homes deep underground and may have eaten the inside of your home before noticing them.

2. Termites only eat wood.

You would be wrong to think you are safe from a termite infestation if your house is not made of wood. Termites eat wood but what they are really after is cellulose, the material wood is made of. These pests will feed on anything made of cellulose—books, documents, clothes, photographs or any plant by-product.  

3. Cockroaches only live in dirty homes.

While these pesky critters prefer damp and dirty places, it doesn’t mean that a clean home cannot have cockroaches. As long as they have food and water to sustain them, they can live in a clean, well-maintained home.

4. The most effective bait for rats is cheese.

Multiple cartoon shows from our childhood show that cheese can entice rats into traps. In reality, rats will eat anything but they prefer sweeter food, such as fruit and grain. Next time you are setting a trap, you might want to put a bit of cereal or peanut butter instead.

5. Your cat is the best rat control expert.

We recognize your pet cat and all other pet cats in Sydney as our partner in the pest control industry. However, there are some areas in your home that even your pet cat cannot reach. Rodents also reproduce quickly and your cat may not catch them all.

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6. Pest control in Sydney is expensive.

Pest control price actually depends on the type of treatment you are getting as well as the size of your home. Pest control in Sydney is actually affordable. The most expensive is termite treatment largely because of the extent of the damage they could do to your home.

7. Pest control chemicals are toxic.

Innovations in the pest control industry have led to the development of green pest control methods. Our experts at Masters Pest Control put your health and safety as our top priority. We use a low-toxicity and environmentally-friendly pest control treatment method that is safe for your family but still effective against pests.

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8. Store-bought pesticides work just as well.

Off-the-shelf insect sprays can be effective for small infestations but not enough for large-scale ones. Pest control experts have the license to use stronger-grade pesticides that are more effective than store-bought sprays.

9. Professional pest control is a waste of money.

A lot of homeowner fears about pest control come from the misconception that the pests come back anyway even if you hire a pest control expert. Effective pest management goes beyond just spraying pesticides and calling it a day. Pest control experts will place safeguards that will prevent the infestation from recurring and may even offer a warranty.  

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Masters Pest Control offers professional pest control services in Sydney. Call our experts on (02) 8007 4666 to request a FREE quote or schedule pest inspection.

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