Pest control with painting: Tips and suggestions

calander Jun 26 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

Unwanted pests can be a nuisance for any property owner. While complete prevention is nearly impossible, integrating pest control strategies, including the choice of paint color for your residential or commercial property, can make a difference.

Let's delve into how paint colors influence pest behavior and control.

The Influence of Color on Pests

Colors significantly impact not just human perception but also that of various species. Humans use colors for visual cues and emotional expression, and similarly, creatures interpret colors for survival — from locating food sources to selecting mates. For instance, birds and insects perceive colors in the UV spectrum, influencing their behavior and navigation.

This biological fact implies that the color of your property's exterior might inadvertently be welcoming to pests or act as a deterrent.

TIPS: Adding Bug Juice or M1 insecticide to your paint or stain will help repel insects!

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Pest-Repelling Colors to Consider

While no universal color repels all pests, certain hues are less attractive to a broad spectrum of these unwanted visitors. Notable options include:

  • White: Neutral to most insects and potentially unattractive to birds.
  • Green: Less visible in the UV spectrum, thus less likely to attract pests.
  • Blue: The variant is known as 'Haint blue,' a blend of blue, green, and gray, which is unappealing to insects.

Colors Pests Find Attractive

Conversely, several colors are known to attract pests, such as:

  • Brown: Particularly appealing to mosquitoes, though it may deter bees and beetles.
  • Orange: Resembling vibrant flowers, orange is a magnet for various bugs and birds.
  • Pink: Its bright nature can attract a multitude of pests.

The Ambiguity of Yellow

Yellow presents a conundrum in pest control. While it appears to deter flies and mosquitoes, it's highly attractive to birds and bees, making its efficacy context-dependent.

Concluding Thoughts

Indeed, paint colors can influence pest presence. However, color shouldn't be your sole defense against pests. Comprehensive pest management should include professional landscaping, strategic pest control measures, specialized lighting, and maintaining cleanliness.

If you're considering a new exterior color palette and need expert guidance, Nash Painting stands ready to assist. Our expertise extends beyond color selection, encompassing holistic aesthetic and practical exterior solutions. Discover more about our services and values by contacting us at (615) 829-6858 today!