Survey responses to common pest sightings

Feb 4, 2022, 11:40 AM by Fred Speer

A mouse in the house or a fly on a wall are not mere catchy phrases. They happen in real life every day. Just ask Clark, your friendly pest control, grounds care, and termite expert. Clark Pest Control receives hundreds of calls or emails every day from concerned (and annoyed) customers who just witnessed a pest spectacle in their living room, kitchen, or bathroom.

What do you do if you encountered a crawling, or flying pest in your home? A recent article in Pest Management Professional magazine shared people’s most common responses to seeing a pest in their home.

Common responses to pest sightings

When asked what their most common response to a pest sighting was, survey respondents indicated the following:

  • 27 percent crushed it
  • 22 percent sprayed something at it
  • 15 percent asked someone else to kill it
  • 11 percent capture it and release it outdoors
  • 8 percent threw something at it
  • 7 percent called a pest management professional
  • 6 percent vacuumed it

The survey also examined the differences between men and women on how they handled pest encounters. With male respondents, 33 percent said they would crush the pest, versus 22 percent of female respondents. On the other hand, women were more likely to ask someone else to kill the pest (25 percent) compared to men (6 percent). Men were also much more likely to spray something at the pest (24 percent) compared to women (19 percent).

The survey results suggest that most customers want to handle it themselves and as swiftly as possible which is understandable. Who hasn’t stepped on a wandering ant or grabbed the fly swatter when a marauding invader shows interest in dinner?

No one wants pests lingering about. However, if you’re seeking long-term peace of mind and proven results, then working with a pest management professional is the way to go.

Your home is your sacred space. Don't let pest invaders take it over. Since 1950, Clark Pest Control has identified and removed every pest imaginable across California and northwestern Nevada. We understand that whenever these unsavory critters enter your property, they quickly can turn your world upside down.

Termites stealthily destroying the inside your home, mice setting up shop in your pantry or garage, ants making trails on your patio: Clark Pest Control will identify the root causes of the infestation, remove them from your home, and take the necessary steps to prevent them from returning.

Our residential pest control process is simple. Friendly, trained and licensed service technicians perform a thorough inspection of your home and yard to uncover potential issues. They know where termites, bed bugs, spiders, rodents, ants, and other pests like to live and lurk, so they'll pinpoint these places. Then they will provide you with a fully customized program to treat and eliminate entry points and nests.

Rely on Clark Pest Control

If you’re experiencing problems with pests, call California’s trusted, friendly pest, rodent, and termite control and removal expert, Clark, at (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or send an email to

Until next time, the pest management professionals at Clark Pest Control thank you for helping to keep unwanted pests out of your home and yard.

Clark’s commitment to safety

Clark Pest Control remains committed to safeguarding your home from pests during these challenging times. Our service technicians use such personal protective equipment as gloves, masks, and respirators, they practice social distancing, and they adhere strictly to all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines when servicing inside or outside your home.

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