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Can Pest Control Help With Mental Health?

Mental health is a big topic in today’s world. It seems that more and more people are succumbing to mental health issues in our increasingly stressful modern world. But here’s an interesting question: can pest control help with mental health issues?

Pests affect mental health in various ways

Can pest control help with mental health? Surprisingly, the answer is often yes. You see, pests can often cause an immense amount of stress and worry in your personal life. They can also make your home feel extremely uncomfortable. Most pests are utterly disgusting, and having them in your home will often be your worst nightmare. This means that simply by getting rid of these pests you can drastically improve your mood. You can think of it like this: cleaning your home usually makes a person feel better, right? Pest control is exactly the same.

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Can pest control help in other ways too? In our experience with customers, pests can also damage your mental health in many other ways. For example, people who suffer from OCD have issues with contamination and hygiene. Having pests in your home will greatly exacerbate the anxiety around this. Then, you also have people who suffer from specific pest and insect phobias. These include:

  • Arachnophobia: the fear of spiders
  • Musophobia: the fear of mice or rats
  • Entonophobia: the fear of ticks
  • Isopterophobia: the fear of termites
  • Entomophobia: the fear of insects
  • Katsaridaphobia: the fear of cockroaches
  • Acaraphobia: the fear of itching and biting insects like bed bugs

If you can any of these phobias, then pests will certainly disturb your mental health. It could even undermine some of the hard work you are doing towards treating the phobia.

How else can pest control help mental health?

There’s another important reason why pest control can help mental wellbeing. Getting enough sleep is one of the biggest factors when it comes to our mental health. People who do not get enough sleep often find themselves stressed, depressed and anxious. The problem with some pests is that they can make it impossible to sleep.

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The biggest culprit here are bed bugs. If you’re covered in bed bug bites, then falling asleep will be difficult. What’s more, the thought of sleeping in a bed infested with these insects can be detrimental to your mental health. Along with this, there are other stress and insomnia inducing pests, such as mosquitoes.

Finally, when it comes to disturbances at night, there are rodents. Rodents like rats or squirrels can make an incredible amount of noise at night. This is especially true if they are living in places like your attic or ceiling.

The bottom line is that riding your home of pests can dramatically improve happiness and mental health. If you are struggling with any of the issues mentioned here, give Diamond a call and find out how pest control can help your situation. Your peace of mind is our top priority.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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