In the 27 years we’ve been providing pest control to our friends and neighbors in the Gulf Coast area, we here at Good News Pest Solutions have heard many crazy ideas about pest control. Some are old wives tales, some come from clever marketing, and others are so embedded in our pop culture consciousness, you might not even realize you believe some of them.
So we decided to “sit down” and bust a few of those myths.
It’s not hard to figure out where this one comes from. From Tom & Jerry to Chuck E. (the animatronic pizza mascot, not the rapper), we’ve been indoctrinated to believe that mice love cheese. While some may partake, the majority are far more interested in sugary sweets like cereal and cookies.
A bed bugs infestation is no laughing matter, but unfortunately, in the midst of an often panicked reaction, sometimes we put faith in inaccurate anecdotal evidence instead of facts.
In fact, because bed bugs are drawn to blood, it makes little to no difference whether your house is clean or dirty. The only disadvantage for the owner of a cluttered house is more places for the bugs to hide when treatment is applied.
It’d be great if you could just pop down to your local grocery or hardware store for the latest bug bomb to end the nightmare. But, in fact, studies like this one at Ohio State show that aerosol bug bombs can make the problem significantly worse by spreading the infestation out, and in any case does not last long enough to impact the bed bugs. The only viable solution is an ongoing treatment schedule from a licensed pest control specialist.
Some well-meaning folks, in an effort to avoid harsh chemicals and DEET often associated with older, traditional bug treatments, embraced electronic solutions introduced in the 70’s and 80’s as a way to responsibly repel insects and other pests:
You can’t blame consumers for buying into the unscientific hype – ultra high frequency sounds that drive pests away but are below our threshold of hearing sounds fantastic. BUT… you can blame the manufacturers, which is why the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against the makers of these devices years ago. A careful reading of their claims shows that they talk exclusively about what the devices are designed to do and nothing on what they are proven to do – because they’ve never been proven to do anything.
As you’re probably aware, mosquitoes are drawn to blood sources, not pretty blue lights. So while annoying flies – and helpful moths – are drawn to bug zappers, mosquitoes don’t even notice as they target your infrared heat signature. And bite. Which leads us to:
We’re going to assume that the people who believe this are new to our Florida backyards. As most residents are well aware, mosquitoes can bite any time of the day or night. In fact, one of the main vectors of the Zika virus, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is a daytime biter! And while bug spray can be a temporary deterrent, with heightened concerns due to Zika virus and other unsavory illnesses spread by mosquitoes, you might want to check out other options for localized mosquito control.
If only there was a way to keep the termites from crawling OVER the concrete to get to the wooden guts still used to construct the frame of most homes. Until there is, termites are still going to be a potential issue for homeowners, and if you’re in the market for a new house, make sure the termite inspection is on your checklist.
While this might have been true in decades past, it is no longer the rule. In fact, here at Good News Pest Solutions, we specialize in cutting-edge, natural, eco-friendly pest control measures that are safe for you, your family, your pets and our earthly home, while being highly effective at controlling pests.
So, if you’re ready to dismiss the myths and are looking for a green pest control company, look no further! You have found the Gulf Coast’s leader in natural pest control; contact us today!
Fruits and vegetables all have very interesting textures. And one of the most unique is that of the fig. Fleshy, yet firm, sweet, yet filled with little bits that too often get stuck in your teeth. But don’t worry, unlike the Internet rumors or schoolyard tales, those bits aren’t dead wasps – they’re just seeds.
The primary reason for the fig’s unique texture is the way it’s pollinated. You’re surely familiar with the most popular pollinator, our old friend the honeybee. And if you’ve been reading our site regularly, you’ve seen how mosquitoes are the number 2 pollinators.
Figs are unique in that there is one single solitary insect that insures their yield continues: fig wasps. Fig Wasps and figs exist in a mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationship. That is, each needs the other to survive.
In school, you probably learned that most flowers expose their pollen producing organs: the stamen and the pistil, located in or about the center of the bloom of a flower. Figs are unique in that their “blooms” are inverted. So to get the pollen to its destination, the fig wasp must burrow down into a very narrow passage into the heart of the fig – a passage so narrow, it costs the wasp her wings, antenna, and life.
And, just like people, there are two kinds of fig trees – male, which produce inedible caprifigs – and females, which produce the edible figs we buy at the grocery store or farmer’s market.
When the wasp enters a male caprifig, she lays her eggs and dies. When the eggs hatch, the male wasps, which are born wingless, dig tunnels out of the fig allowing the newly birthed females to escape and take the pollen they’ve collected to fertilize other figs.
However, when the wasp enters the female edible fig, she has no place to lay her eggs, but cannot retreat because of the loss of her wings. Eventually, she dies, and an enzyme inside the fig breaks the wasp down into protein that the fig uses to sustain itself while ripening.
So technically, yes, something that used to be a wasp is in your teeth, in the same way that the grass a cow eats is in your hamburger. But the crunchy bits are not wasp parts, but fig seeds.
And one last note – while fig wasps are the only pollinators for figs, there are more than 900 species of fig wasps, each designed to pollinate a couple different species of fig trees. That’s a lot of effort for a package of fig newtons!
Here at Good News Pest Solutions, we care about the environment and endeavor to use cutting-edge, natural, eco-friendly pest control measures that are safe for our earth and you, while being highly effective at controlling pests. If you are looking for a green pest control company, look no further! You have found the Gulf Coast’s leader in natural pest control; contact us today!