While millions of Americans remain transfixed by the Olympic Games, there are hundreds of millions – even billions – in the nation who couldn’t care less about Michael Phelps’ golds or Ryan Lochte’s grills. Instead, they are reveling in their success and plotting the overthrow of every household in the country.
No, they’re not the Chinese swimmers who seem to keep winning all the events—they’re bugs. This year’s unusually mild winter, combined with consecutive hot summers, has resulted in pest populations not seen in quite some time. But just how bad are things?
Very bad. Bugs are a serious problem this year for almost everyone, from farmers to hikers to BBQers. The droughts affecting swaths of the county aren’t helping either. In fact, dryness further exacerbates the problem by driving pests indoors.
But not all places are equally blanketed: some areas of the country are more infested than others. We took a look at our data to find the nation’s most pest-ridden states.
Here’s a breakdown of the states that hold the dubious distinction of employing the highest number – on a per capita basis – of people who work in the pest control professions.
Arizona’s rate of pest control professionals per capita is over twice that of the nation as a whole. This will not come as a shock to anyone who has spent time in the Grand Canyon State, which holds the honor of being home to the quartet of the U.S.’ most common deadly insects and arachnids: black widows, tarantulas, scorpions, and Africanized bees. Rounding out the list of top spots for pest control pros are:
- New York: NYC alone is home to 8 million people and, we understand, more than a few bed bugs and cockroaches.
- Florida: Do crocodiles qualify as pests?
- Nevada: Like neighboring Arizona, this desert state’s wildlife can have a few too many legs, teeth, and poisonous parts.
We also looked at our data to see what types of pests bother us the most.
Among all types of pest control professionals on our site, the most common specialists focused on bed bugs, grabbing first place with 9.9% of all pest-control services. The next most popular exterminators, rodent specialists, were a close second at 8.9%.
Perhaps it’s all those poisonous creatures living in Arizona. Perhaps it’s the opportunity to own a cute beagle. Perhaps it’s just the taste of sweet honey. But whatever it is, America’s buggy problems are slowly crawling to the forefront of public attention!