It’s true – people are grossed out by pests

Jan 7, 2022, 14:04 PM by Fred Speer

What’s your reaction when you see a pest in your home? Are you frightened? Does it annoy you? Do you want to step on it? Those are all completely normal reactions. Who enjoys seeing a mouse or cockroach strolling through the kitchen?

A recent article in Pest Management Professional magazine shared research that explored common reactions to pests. The nationwide survey asked respondents their reactions to seeing pests in their homes and how they handled the encounters.

Clark, your friendly pest control, grounds care, and termite expert, is used to seeing pests every day. However, we know that our customers in California and northern Nevada are not used to seeing pests. And while we find pests fascinating to study and learn more about, we understand that you don’t want them in your home, threatening your food, family, and property.

First pest impressions count

When asked what their first reaction to seeing a cockroach, mouse, or spider in their home, consumers listed the following:

  • 22 percent felt gross or grossed out
  • 17 percent search for something (e.g., a fly swatter, a newspaper or magazine, a broom, a shoe) to use to kill the pest
  • 14 percent ran away from the pest
  • 13 percent were either frightened or felt slightly annoyed
  • 12 percent screamed

In a surprising twist (at least not to Clark and the Clark Pest Control team), four percent of respondents noted that their first reaction to seeing a pest is delight. If you want to join the Clark team, check out our career opportunities.

Pest control solutions from Clark Pest Control

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

Birds roosting in your attic, bugs nesting in your walls, mice making homes in your kitchen cabinets, spiders stringing webs across your eaves: Clark will 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. We know where termites, bed bugs, spiders, rodents, ants, and other pests like to live and lurk, so we focus on those locations. Then we'll provide you with a fully customized program to treat and eliminate entry points and nests.

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 strictlyto all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines when servicing inside or outside your home.

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 email us at

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.