National Pest Management Association Separates Pest Myths from Pest FactsNPMA Staff
Monday, June 20, 2011
By NPMA Staff
As summer pests are a natural part of the outdoors and typically
viewed simply as a nuisance, many believe that they have a full
understanding of the risks associated with such. Yet, the
National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that there are a
multitude of myths about summer insects that homeowners subscribe
to - most of which wrongly minimize the threats of stinging insects,
mosquitoes and ants.
Consider the myth of stinging insects,
which many believe must be physically provoked to attack and sting.
However, stinging insects, especially wasps,
do not have to be physically touched/provoked to attack and sting.
Rather, these pests must only feel that they or their colony is
threatened, which can simply happen when a human gets too
close. Stinging insects send over half million visitors to
hospital emergency rooms every year.
Another prominent pest myth is that mosquitoes
are only active at
dawn and at dusk. Although most are active then,
mosquito activity is not limited to these times of day. Mosquitoes
feed on blood, which means that they will be seeking out meals
whenever they prepare for reproduction. Although known for causing
itchy, red welts, today, mosquitoes pose a much different threat
due to their ability to transmit West Nile virus.
Finally, there is the common myth that seeing one ant indoors
does not equal a full-blown infestation. Although this can be
true, ants leave an invisible
chemical trail for other ants to follow once they locate a food
source. If that food source is in your home, you can count on
ant colonies developing. More, while most ants are considered
harmless, there are those - such as fire ants,
which sting and carpenter ants, which
damage wood - that can pose threats to your family's health and