Pest Strategies survey shows the most common reactions to pests
Pest Strategies conducted a survey to find out more about how people react when they encounter parasites.
The company analyzed the data to determine which parasites are most likely to elicit the strongest emotional responses, then specifically asked respondents, “Which parasite elicits the strongest emotional response in you?” “
The data was compiled by state to determine which pest elicited the strongest response from respondents. In 34 states in the United States, cockroaches elicited the strongest emotional response when spotted, with a total of 30 percent of those surveyed choosing them over other pets.
In second place with 17.3 percent were rodents such as mice and rats. Spiders came in third with 14.3 percent, while midges (1.1 percent) and termites (1.2 percent) were the two parasites least likely to elicit a strong emotional response.
When analyzing the data, height appeared to be a factor in determining the strength of a person’s reaction, according to Pest Strategies. Cockroaches and rodents are significantly larger than midges and termites.
Although respondents noted a wide range of reactions to seeing these parasites in the top five were:
- Feeling disgusted or disgusted, 21.5%
- Looking for something to kill the pest, 16.7%
- Leak, 14.3 percent
- Jump in fear, 13.2 percent
- Feeling slightly bored, 12.8 percent
Surprisingly, 3.8 percent of respondents noted that their first reaction to seeing a pest is pleasure.
Respondents were also asked what their reaction was to seeing a pest. It’s different from the previous question in that it focused on actions rather than emotions.
When looking at data by state, the most common response among 31 states is to crush a pest after seeing it. New Hampshire was the only state that made pest control their first choice.
Even in states like South Dakota, where the most frequently despised pest was one that required professional pest (termite) control services, the most common response was to spray them with something.
Likewise, in states like Delaware and Kansas, where bedbugs were most likely to elicit the strongest emotional response, the most common tactic to control the pest was to simply squash it. Given the significant property damage termites and bedbugs can cause, as well as the difficulty in removing infestations, individuals in these states are always more likely to attempt to control the pests on their own rather than call professionals.
The most common response was to run over him (27.4%), then to spray him with something (21.8%), to have someone else kill him (14.8%) ), capture it and release it outside (10.8%) and throw something at it. (8.2 percent).
Of the men surveyed, 32.8% said they would crush the pest, compared to just 21.7% of the women surveyed. On the other hand, women were more likely to ask someone else to kill the pest (24.9%) than men (5.6%). Men were also much more likely to spray something on the pest (23.9%) than women (19.5%).