Debugging Local Myths: Ask the Experts

Call us for a free quote on 0800 1 333 777  or Contact Us

For over 45 years we have protected properties across Indonesia from pests

All our technicians are highly trained and certified pest controllers

Innovative and unique treatments that resolve pest problems effectively

Debugging Local Myths: Ask the Experts

Debugging local myths on topics like do mosquitoes only bite ‘sweet’ people? And can eggshells help repel lizards in your home? Have some of our local myths debugged by our pest experts especially for household pests close to you.

In addition, find answers to some of the frequently-asked-questions for the best pest control methods and learn new ways to control pests at home or at the workplace.

You are very welcome to send your questions regarding other bugging myths to us at ihs-custcare-id@rentokil-initial.com


  • Can a cockroach run into your children's ear?

    Cockroaches may move into the ears by chance. As cockroaches typically emerge at night time, there is higher chance of risk when sleeping.


  • Do eggshells help to repel home lizards?

    It is believed by some that lizards are repelled by the smell of eggshells. And others believe that the lizard is led into thinking that the eggshell is the predator’s egg, which scares them away.


  • Do mosquitoes only bite 'sweet' people?

    Certain people are more attractive to mosquitoes due to their odour. Some studies suggested that blood types play a role, yet the results are not conclusive and often contradict.

    In general, mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide that we give out, body odour, heat, movement and contrast.


  • Can orange oil kill termites?

    In laboratory study, d-limonene, the major component in orange oil extract, is able to kill termites. However, field study shows that orange oil extract has limited efficacy in termite control, potentially due to its short residual effect.

    Do note that orange oil extract is flammable and acidic. It is extracted from the orange peels and should not be confused with orange juice.