It is not uncommon to encounter parasites during the summer months. Whether it’s insects, rodents or larger animals, they can be quite annoying and ruin much of your hard work in the garden. As you assemble your arsenal to prevent invasive creatures from causing problems, keep in mind that there are some classic pest control tips that sound good but just don’t work.
It’s not uncommon to encounter pests during the summer months. Whether it’s insects, rodents or larger animals, they can be quite annoying and ruin much of your hard work in the garden. As you assemble your arsenal to prevent invasive creatures from causing problems, keep in mind that there are some classic pest control tips that sound good but just don’t work. Read below to find out what tips are a waste of time and resources.
1. Mosquito Dryer Sheets
It is a common myth that placing dryer sheets outside can prevent those annoying mosquitoes during the hot months. However, studies have shown that these sheets only repel mosquitoes for a few moments. Fortunately, there are many natural approaches to pest control, including some alternative sprays.
2. Attracting Mice with Cheese
If you’re experiencing a problem with your mouse in or out of the house, you’re probably considering using traps to solve the problem. While many believe that using cheese on traps to attract these rodents is foolproof, there is actually a better way. In fact, peanut butter and its sweet scent are more attractive to mice, attracting them more quickly to traps.
3. Machines that reject bugs
Consumers buy endless contraptions that claim to reject bugs through high-frequency sounds. Many of these machines, however, have proven to be ineffective. Although they can briefly redirect bugs, they probably won’t keep them away for long. Battery-powered models are particularly sensitive to gradual decline.
4. Boiling water for ants
Ant infestations can be quite painful and are quite common in the warmer months. There is an old story of wives that boiling water will kill ants on impact. Even if it were true, boiling water is not an effective way to get rid of a serious ant problem. Hot water spilled on a hill of ants will probably cool down too much before it reaches the root of the problem to eradicate it. The only way to get rid of ants forever is to destroy the entire colony, along with the queen of ants. As long as she and some of her workers are around, your problem with ants is still a cause for concern.
5. Tights for garden insects
There’s nothing worse than growing herbs, fruits or vegetables just to see your fresh food spoiled by garden insects before you have a chance to harvest. Some sources recommend covering plants with nylon tights to keep garden insects away. This method is a myth, plus it’s a waste of perfectly good clothes! Instead, combine one part seedless hot sauce with three parts water, then spray this on your plants. You can be comfortable with this natural and convenient formula. It’s safe to use and keeps destructive bugs away.
6. Lemongrass candles to keep mosquitoes away
If you’ve tried lemongrass candles in an area with strong mosquito activity, you probably know they’re essentially useless. Even a light breeze will dispel the scent of lemongrass, which is not so effective at keeping insects away.
It’s easy for some of these pest control myths to fall, especially during the summer, when you’ll try anything to protect your garden from insects and rodents. I don’t want to waste time and energy with ineffective remedies.