Are insects spiteful-Why do bugs keep coming back?

I’m not a huge conspiracy nut but I do think there are times when things just sort of line up in a way that’s beyond coincidental. Like the time I held onto my favorite right handed mitten for 2 or 3 years as a kid and when I finally threw it away I found my left one I had lost. Then there are all those girls ( Ok only 3) who gave me all those flirtatious signs and would giggle when I walked by them in the halls only to shoot me down when I finally worked up enough nerve to ask them to the dance. No, I’m not a person who gives in easily to the thought of secret schemes planned just for my torment but being in the pest elimination business, I wonder, are insects spiteful?

I base my theory on the fact that insects do communicate and although you and I might not understand it we have figured out some of what they are saying. Termites relay danger by banging their heads on the side of their tunnels and ants pass on info of certain foods and where to get it as they trail back and forth from the nest. Bees use a dance to announce the location of nectar, how far away it is and in what direction according to the sun. Of late we’ve even learned that roaches will transmit information on the best nesting sites and so all of this is to prove my point, the insects are talking. They’re conversing and it’s anybodies guess as to what they are saying about the pest control efforts they have been forced to endure and the men and women who are dispensing their sentences of death.

“They’re back”

Like I said I’m not paranoid no, but I have noticed a disturbing trend in my many years as a hired killer and I’m curious if you have made
the same observations? Is it me or is there some sort of cabal as the insect world seems hell bent on discrediting the service in which we sell? Why then is it that the lady of the house is always the one to find the huge hairy spider lurking on the ceiling above the shower? He just stares as if to say “you haven’t gotten me yet” and the scream can be heard two doors down. How about the ants that were streaming across the counter tops in every direction but when the pest control technician comes out not a one can be found. “They were here I promise” says the frantic house wife and the serviceman is left to gauge whether the woman is just paranoid or this is a legitimate call. Roaches also get in on the act and seem to know the exact time and day of the pest mans visit. Magically a few show up dead for a couple of days after the treatment but then nothing all month long leaving the occupants to wonder just where are these bugs hiding and is the service worth it? Are they lurking in my walls? Doubts arise. It seems that these pests want to besmirch our good reputation and cause the client to doubt the validity of the work. Is the chemical not strong enough, is my guy not thorough? Or is it because they have exterminated so many of their kind and this is their brand of torment and payback?

Sure the bugs did these same things when the homeowner was trying to tackle the problem on their own but to them at that time, it was just a game. The roaches laughed at the foggers as they spewed noxious fumes into the air and the ants simply marched around your counter tops heavily laden with thick and dangerous powders. Now however, they seem to have taken it to a whole other level as the pro comes in with his fancy tools and his irresistible concoctions. It’s as if it is personal for them as they stare from their cracks and crevices and watch hundreds of their brethren succumb to this evil and efficient assassin. Or could it be that now the client is now paying for a service and expects much better results and much quicker?

Is it vindictiveness that is in the insects heart as it makes these grand appearances as if to say “I am insect hear me roar?” Have they conspired to bring shame to the pest control industry in hopes that homeowners will abandon the effort and expense? Or could it just be that pest control with it’s many virtues is a service that just takes time? Those insects didn’t build up in your cabinets over night but they would have you think so. The spiders weren’t just so happy with your drapery selection and decided to move in and the ants always send scouts who either sound the alert of food a plenty or simply move on to another location.In pest control there are so many variables and no job is the same, even identical houses that are right next door can be vastly different. So many factors can limit or enhance the efforts of the pest professional but rest assured pesticides applied by a trained technician will get to the target and do it’s job. Signs and symptoms not seen by the average are picked up by the pro and dealt with in the most efficient of ways but it is not just treatment alone that makes a home pest free.

A Team Effort

Regardless of how good your company of choice is there is one constant that your bugman can do little about. Conducive factors that entice, sustain or promote pests are almost always something only the client can take care of. Your cooperation can make or break any service and often times makes the difference between pest control and pest elimination. The simplest of suggestions quite often result in huge pest population decline and in most cases it is not a difficult task. Sprays, baits, dusts etc. are meant to be metered out in specific locations and hosing down a wall is seldom a good idea even with persistent pests. Sometimes too much spray is exactly that, TOO MUCH and although most would think that logically you should apply more your pest professional knows a better way. When the home owner and the pest control professional team up there is hardly any pest situation that can last. I could list a 1000 items and tips here that you the homeowner could undertake to assist in the pest control of your home but I’ll just leave that up to the expert you have hired for this cause. He or she has the training, they have the knowledge and know what in your home is needed that perhaps they can’t do. It’s a beautiful thing when you join forces like this and the results always speak for themselves.

So while it may seem like the bugs have been plotting against you out of spite, you’ll have the last laugh when you and your hired pro hatch a little plot of your own.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • Bobby

    even when i worked for rentokil they could never state that they would/could provide a pest free premises at all times, i suppose a lot of factors must be taken into account, like they never really got rid of them completely and the egg cases hatched at a later date or your customers went to the cash and carry and reinfestated their premises all over again with imported goods, like the time i did this asians house for bed bugs and i was sure it was clear til i seen he went a bought a second hand bed that was worse than the first one he threw away… lol

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