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Can Paint Colors Affect Pest Control?

calander Jun 26 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

Nobody wants unwanted guests in their home or business. And yet, pests tend to find a way to make themselves comfortable outside (and sometimes inside) all kinds of properties. But while there is no way to keep every insect and animal away, it’s worth trying different pest control methods and seeing what works for your situation. As crazy as it might sound, your commercial or residential painting services might have a role to play in pest control.

Let’s discuss the relationship between different paint colors and different pests.

What Do Colors Have to Do With Pest Control?

Color plays an important role not only in our lives but also the lives of various creatures. We use colors to code meaning (i.e. red = stop and green = go), separate spaces visually, convey emotions, and more. As it turns out, there’s a reason different pests see color, too.

Of course, for complex evolutionary reasons, we don’t all see colors the same way, nor do we all see the same range of colors. Birds, for instance, see more than humans do -- they are tetrachromats whereas we are trichromats, meaning in addition to the three colors we see (blue, green, and red), they also see UV light, which likely helps them find mates and differentiate gender. Many bugs also see in the UV spectrum, most likely to help them find food, mates, and avoid danger.

Knowing that different creatures see and react to colors differently, it becomes clear how your home’s our business’ paint job might have an impact on pest control. Simply put, you don’t want your property to act as a beacon for birds and bugs -- rather, you want it to either repel them or at least remain somewhat clear from their view.

Colors to Consider for Keeping Pests Away

So, what colors might you consider for your business or house exterior to keep pests at bay? Since different pests will have different responses to a given color, exterior painting companies will tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Still, certain colors seem to act as general repellants for most pests. These include:

  • White -- For many insects, white tends to not register, making it a fairly neutral choice for exterior spaces. Additionally, white may repel most birds.
  • Green -- Though green is a natural color, it is not as visible on the UV spectrum, meaning it shouldn’t attract the attention of many pests.
  • Blue -- Blue is another color that tends to blend in and not be seen by pests. Haint blue, in particular, which is sort of a grey-green-blue, may repel insects as well.

Colors to Avoid

Just as certain colors keep pests way, others may attract them, including:

  • Brown -- Mosquitoes tend to notice darker tones, especially brown (perhaps because they are brown themselves), so this is a poor choice if you’re not a fan of these pesky vampires (though it may keep bees and beetles away).
  • Orange -- There’s a reason you don’t see many bright orange homes or businesses. The color of rich flowers, orange is quite attractive to bugs and birds alike.
  • Pink -- Another bright option, pink (especially if it’s highly saturated) might also be attractive to many pests.

What About Yellow?

The color yellow is a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to pest control. On the one hand, it seems to repel flies and mosquitoes. On the other hand, yellow is quite the looker for birds and bees. So, think twice before implementing yellow exterior house paint.

The Verdict

So, can paint colors affect pest control? Yes, it does seem to be the case. However, while certain colors may attract or repel different insects and animals, color is not the only factor for managing pests around your home. The best way to reduce the number of unwanted visitors on your property is to invest in proper landscaping and pest control, install pest-repellant lighting, and keep your place clean inside and out.

That said, if it’s time to change up your property’s look with a fresh coat of paint, there’s one Nashville painting company that’s happy to help you choose the right colors -- Nash Painting. To find out more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!