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Western Exterminator Survey Examines How Pests Distress Homeowners


October 29, 2018 Edited by Brad Harbison


Findings include that 58% of women would not date someone with bed bugs in their home.


From the feeling of guilt and discomfort in their own homes to avoiding socializing and dating, pests like bed bugs and mice severely impact on the emotional wellbeing of Americans, Western Exterminator survey reveals.


Western Exterminator looked beyond physical damage to find out how having pests in homes impacts people’s emotional wellbeing. 

By surveying over 1,000 Americans, the company discovered that 84% people agree that having mice in their home would make them feel uncomfortable while 89% are uncomfortable living in a house with bed bugs. 

It is not only the feeling of discomfort that people struggle with but having pests in their homes also makes them less sociable. 63% of survey respondents feel less inclined to invite their family, friends, and partners over if they have mice in their house, while 79% feel the same about bed bugs. 

Having problems with mice and bed bugs is closely associated with the feeling of guilt, with 81% of respondents agreeing that they would feel guilty if a mice infestation happened in their home. 86% feels guilty about having bed bugs, with men feeling guiltier about mice and females feeling guiltier about bed bugs.

Pests can also easily ruin people’s dating lives. When it comes to choosing partners, 31% of people surveyed would not date someone who has mice in their home. That number significantly increases when it comes to bed bugs, with over 50% of the surveyed Americans not being interested in dating someone who has bed bugs in their home. Women are more likely to reject dating someone with bed bugs, with 58% backing that option. In fact, only 8% of women would date someone with bed bugs. 

The impact of pests goes beyond physical damage, causing severe issues to people who happen to have them in their homes. For more details on the survey as well as worst pest experiences, please visit 

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