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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 [email protected]
There is no scientific evidence that baking soda works in getting rid of bed bugs successfully. In fact, baking soda breaks down when it comes into contact with water therefore the idea of it being able to absorb fluids is questionable. It is not guaranteed to fully remove a bed bug infestation completely.
Cockroaches may move into the ears by chance. As cockroaches typically emerge at night time, there is higher chance of risk when sleeping.
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.
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.
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.