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Would you be more inclined to continue eating your food if a fly landed on it or if a cockroach crawled across your plate? Most would choose a fly, but did you know that flies are actually twice as filthy as cockroaches? In fact, the common house fly is known to carry more than 100 disease-causing pathogens — more than double that of a cockroach.

“When it comes to pests, there’s often a lot of false information floating around online or even myths you’ve heard growing up,” says Dr. Alice Sinia, resident entomologist at Orkin Canada. “That’s why education is so important when it comes to managing pests and mitigating the risks associated with them.”

You might be surprised to hear about some of the myths surrounding the pests you’re most likely to see this fall:

Spiders: Urban legend says the average person eats eight spiders a year in their sleep. Scientists can safely rule this out because a string of many highly unlikely events would have to occur for a human to eat even one spider in his or her lifetime. This, despite the fact that about one million spiders live in one acre of land and it is estimated that a human is never more than 10 feet away from a spider.

Mice: House mice are second only to humans as the most populous mammals in urban areas.

Cockroaches: Squishing a cockroach will not release its eggs. Most common cockroach species bundle their eggs in a hard case called an oothecal and attach it to various surfaces throughout a home until it’s time for the eggs to hatch.

Rodents: Rodents eat between 15 and 20 times each day.

Work with your pest management professional to learn more about pests and how to prevent them from entering your home this fall.

Article courtesy of www.newscanada.com