With the advent of social media, the sharing of good (and bad) information has become extremely simplistic and particularly rapid, too. Everyone?s ideas, their thoughts, and their supposed solutions are now more than readily passed on from one person over to the next.

 

Does DIY Pest Control Really Work?

Some of the time, this sharing of information is indeed a useful facet. Nevertheless, as you too have more than likely experienced, there?s a tremendous amount of poor quality information available at our fingertips, and likely this will only but grow as time progresses.

 

And when it comes to pest control, there?s no shortage of bad insights shared willingly. Much of it is just silly nonsense. Some of it goes to the depths of being dangerous. Where other observations are, in fact, totally spot on the mark.

 

Given that the deciphering between what is actually right and what is obviously wrong is something of a challenge for the most part, we decided to explore and compare factual stuff and fictional snippets with respect to do-it-yourself remedies for pest control.

 

Sprinkling grits onto countertops will serve as a barrier against ants.

This is fictional. It?s a good guess that in the southern parts of the US, where grits are more than revered, it?s thus considered as a solid remedy for many aspects of life.

 

Nevertheless, in the case of stopping a trail of ants in their tracks, grits serve as no deterrent whatsoever. And, as opposed to working as a deterrent, ants might very well enjoy them as much as you and I do. So, this southern staple will only function as more of an ant attractant as opposed to a deterrent.

<pAdding cheese to a mousetrap as bait.

 

Again, this is a work of fiction. With thanks to TV, cheese appears to be the food source of choice which is to be used as an attractant for mice.

 

You?ll likely remember Tom & Jerry, where Tom, the cat, would utilize cheese treats to entice Jerry the mouse out from his hiding place. Tom was rather silly in this respect since it never would have worked and never truly did. And he likely would have seen more success if he?d used peanut butter in preference to cheese.

 

Bay leaves can be used to deter pests.

It?s a fact. You can protect cooking supplies by placing a bay leaf either in or around your rice, your flour, and any other dried staples in your pantry. Some people have a preference for positioning the leaves in direct contact with food. Then there are others who will simply tap the leaves out and around their food containing canisters.

 

Caution is wise, however, given that bay leaves, albeit that they are a deterrent, are not to be used as a substitute for appropriate cleansing of any spilled products.

 

Adding a penny to a bag of water will repel flies and mosquitoes.

What would you think about this? It is of course a work of fiction, and is entirely backwards. It has been demonstrated through scientific research that a shiny penny or two will likely do quite the opposite than to deter. It?s wise, therefore, to keep your shinier pennies deep within your pockets.

 

Fruit flies are eliminated by using vinegar.

Yes, this one is indeed true. There is an expression which goes along the lines that you can catch far more flies by using sugar than you can when using vinegar. This old adage is somewhat true with respect to the catching of fruit flies. They are attracted to the kitchen area because of decaying fruit, which gives out a relatively sweet odor.

 

Nevertheless, a small cup of vinegar which has been covered over with some form of plastic wrapping (and a hole positioned in the top), works extremely well to combat an infestation of fruit flies.

 

Spiders are eliminated by way of spraying their webs with peppermint oil.

This one is also a work of fiction. In general, if you choose to spray anything onto a spider?s web that is other than water, it will more than likely cause that very same spider to abandon its web. After which, said spider will then move on to construct a new home in a place nearby.

 

This then leaves an increased amount of housing for extra spider infestation, which is, in all probability, not a wise idea.