NEW YORK — It turns out many Americans are ready to hit the “self-destruct” button when bugs invade their home! One in three people (34%) claim they’ve actually considered burning down their own house after finding an infestation!
The poll of 2,000 adults finds that 66 percent are willing to do “nearly anything” to get rid of bugs at home. This includes fumigating their entire home (51%), putting glue traps in every corner (46%), or even using a whole can of bug spray all at once (43%).
Quit buggin’ me
Over half of respondents (52%) have considered moving because of bug infestations — 69 percent of people who considered that option actually followed through and packed up their things. Six in 10 (62%) believe bugs are one of the worst things to put up within the home.
Commissioned by Zevo and conducted by OnePoll, the study unveiled the worst rooms in the home to come across bugs, including the bedroom (22%), kitchen (22%), and bathroom (16%).
When asked what they would rather put up with instead of bugs, respondents would prefer dealing with broken appliances (29%), creaky floors (26%), broken windows (26%), not having television connections (25%), and even rodents (24%).
To deal with bug problems, 48 percent have turned to DIY “hacks” to try and trap these pests. Unfortunately, more than four in five (83%) who have tried a “hack” have had it backfire on them to some extent. Some hacks mentioned by respondents include using cinnamon, coffee grounds, and even maple syrup to get rid of bugs. One person even recalled pouring gasoline on bugs to drown them.
The average person spends $177 creating homemade methods to deal with bugs. However, the results of their efforts are mixed: only 54 percent have had some success in dispatching bugs with their “hacks.”
“When it comes to solving bug problems, consumers are ready to try just about anything to avoid chemicals, instead using costly, messy and ineffective DIY hacks to rid their home of pests,” says Rick Mason, Communication Manager at Zevo, in a statement. “We want consumers to know there is a better, simpler, worry-free way to get rid of bugs, and DIY bug hacks can be a thing of the past.”
There goes dinner…
Bugs are especially a nightmare in the kitchen: 53 percent of Americans say they’ve had fresh food go to waste due to bugs. The average person has had to toss out their food 19 times in the past year, costing them $230 and 23 pounds’ worth of lost food, thanks to creepy crawlers. Two in five (43%) have found bugs in their food at home after it was too late and one in three believe they’ve even eaten a bug or two by mistake at some point in their lives.
Nearly two-thirds (65%) say they go to extreme lengths just to protect their food if they have a bug infestation, including 61 percent of those who have to clean up immediately after cooking to prevent bugs. Nearly as many (59%) will even refrain from keeping fresh fruit in their homes or buying houseplants out of fear that it will attract flying insects.
“When trying to protect your home from bugs, it can sometimes feel like a constant worry, especially throughout peak bug season,” Mason continues. “When facing unwanted bugs, it’s important to be smarter, more prepared and consistently in control of the place you call home.”