Before we answer the burning question of which states in the US have the fewest pests, why not start with the worst?
States with the Most Bugs
We all know that insects run rampant throughout the country, and warm, humid states like Florida have gotten a bad rap for being overrun with creepy, crawly critters. But according to a recent national survey, Florida homeowners ranked the state as the worst area for bug infestation problems from cockroaches, ants, and termites. Louisiana and Texas were ranked as runners-up.
Homeowners in the survey rated pest conditions based on a wide variety of household pests, including termites, cockroaches, bedbugs, ants, spiders, and bees and wasps. These factors were used to calculate the “buggiest state” in the US, with Florida ranking at the top of the list.
To crunch the numbers, 90% of homeowners in the US have experienced some type of insect infestation. But a state like New York is well-known for having the worst insect problems regarding bedbug infestations. The runner-up states for bedbug invasions include California and Florida, respectively.
Other states with serious bug problems that made the list were Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, and South Carolina.
States with the Fewest Bugs
Although it may be difficult to pinpoint areas of the country with the fewest bugs in each region, 10 states ranked at the bottom of the survey for pest issues:
- Washington DC
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
For homeowners who had experienced a pest issue in the past, 63% tried their hand at DIY pest control. 23% of homeowners called an expert right away for professional extermination. In a revealing turn of events, 40% of the DIY pest control homeowners ended up calling a professional service anyway to get rid of the bug problem.
When it comes down to it, those that live in a “buggy state” will do best by taking proactive steps to contact a pest management company before a serious insect infestation occurs. A pest control company can assess your property to determine if you already have nests or colonies that need to be exterminated in your home.
Contacting a professional exterminator is especially critical in a state known for its pest problems, particularly in high-ranking states on the survey list like Florida, New York, Texas, California, and Louisiana.