Avoid These Pest Management Tactics That Don't Work

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#1. “Bug Bombs”

Bug bombs (also known as foggers) are pest control products that advertise their ability to kill pests by using aerosol propellants to aerate poisonous substances, killing any bugs within their reach. While it can be tempting to invest in these seemingly quick solutions, they’re not always as effective as they seem. In addition to the potential dangers to you and your family if the foggers are used incorrectly, they don’t reach bugs that aren’t out in the open at the time of the fogging. That means these bug bombs are potentially ineffective on pests such as bed bugs that hide underneath coverings.

#2. Throwing Away Furniture

While it may be necessary to get rid of some household items during an infestation, don’t make the decision to throw away furniture before you’ve consulted with an expert. Oftentimes throwing away furniture will only solve part of the problem. For instance, bed bugs can also live in the molding and carpet of a bedroom. Throwing away a mattress before the room is properly inspected by pest control services could mean that any new mattress you bring in will also become infested. Hold off on throwing away or replacing furniture until you have a better idea of what you’re dealing with.

#3. Osage Oranges

It’s a commonly-held belief that osage oranges will repel spiders. However, many people don’t realize that it’s not the oranges themselves but the trees they grow on that possess spider-repelling properties. Keep in mind that leaving out fruit like oranges can actually attract pests such as ants, making this myth especially counterproductive when it comes to pest management.

These are just three common pest management tactics that don’t actually work. When you’re dealing with an active infestation, it’s crucial to take advantage of the pest control services in your area. At Oliver Exterminating, we have years of experience managing pests and will be able to help you take control of the situation quickly and efficiently. Reach out to us today if you’re experiencing an infestation or are looking for ways to prevent one.