The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Pest Control

Being a pest control expert isn’t always fun and games, there’s also a lot of responsibility involved in ridding someone’s home of uninvited guests. You could say that there’s the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to pest control. The good being meeting lots of new people, the bad being houses full of spiders (shudder), and the ugly… Well, we’ll let you find out the ugly later on.


There’s nothing better than smiley, happy people who have a pest free home!

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The Good

There’s a lot of good that can come out of pest control; it’s why we love what we do. Here are some of our favourite perks of being pest control experts.

Smiley, happy people

There’s nothing better than getting rid of pests in someone’s home or workplace, especially when it puts a smile on their face. Pests can cause all sorts of problems within a property, including damage and, quite frankly, scaring the living daylights out of people. When you’ve finished a pest control job you know you’ve done a great thing for the people living or working in that property. No more sleepless nights for those who have had their pest control problem dealt with!

Variation is the spice of life

No two days are the same when you work in pest control. One day you could be pest proofing a home in Headingley the next you could be chasing squirrels away in Rawdon. Those who are ever looking for something different to do every day will certainly thrive in pest control. You get to meet lots of new people on a daily basis, whilst dealing with a whole host of unique problems. They say variation is the spice of life and that certainly applies for a pest control expert.

The Bad

Of course it’s not happy smiling faces we see on a daily basis; there are also some bad points to working in pest control. Like spiders… Lots and lots of spiders. This job certainly isn’t for the faint hearted or the arachnophobes. Here are some of the bad bits about working in pest control.

A house full of spiders

It doesn’t matter how long you have been working in pest control, there is always something disconcerting about spiders. Of course, most of them wouldn’t hurt a fly (well, probably a fly, but you know what we mean), yet that doesn’t stop them from being terrifying. When you work in pest control you’re likely to come face to face with a lot of spiders; even if they’re not the pest someone is worried about. Just poking your head into an attic, in order to locate pests, will probably bring you up close and personal with Incy Wincy and his band of merry spider friends.

Breaking the news

A lot of people ask us to survey their homes, in case they have a pest problem and many people may be surprised with the results. Pests can be clever in the way that they hide from view, which is why we don’t tend to notice them until the problem gets too bad. Having to break the news that someone has an infestation in their home or office is a downside to the job. There’s nothing worse than finding out you have a whole host of rats living in your attic, is there? However, we pride ourselves in turning those frowns upside down and creating lots of smiley, happy people who live pest free lives.



Sometimes pest control means being knee deep in pest mess

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The Ugly

From the good, to the bad, and now onto the downright ugly. There really are some ugly things about pest control, which may put some people off their dinner. If you have a weak stomach then turn away now.

Getting bitten

Did you know that humans can still get the bubonic plague? Rabies? Typhus? Yeah, well now you probably know why we always wear protective gear. Getting bitten by a rat is one of the ugliest things to happen in pest control. Especially when you then have to go and get your vaccines redone. We’re not sure what is worse, Nurse Ratched with her needle or Mr Ratty with his sharp teeth.

Knee deep in pest mess

Lastly, there’s one ugly part of pest control then no expert can escape from; protective gear or not. Those who have a large scale pest problem are likely to have a lot of pest mess, from droppings to great big smears of the stuff. Most of the time it smells pretty bad too! If you’re going to thrive in pest control then you also need to learn how to thrive in pest mess.

These are just some of the perks and pitfalls of pest control, all of which we wouldn’t change for a second. Well, maybe less spiders, but that’s unlikely to happen. Although there may be the bad and the ugly, it all comes back to those smiley, happy people at the end of the day. They’re the reason we love what we do.

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