New study reveals TEXAS Is Home To The Most Pests!

For many homeowners, bugs and rodents are the bane of their existence!

Insect and rodent management is a necessity that needs to be a part of the annual home maintenance budget for most Amercians.

Did you know that pest control is in fact one of the top hidden costs when it comes to homeownership?

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If you don’t keep up with your pest problems you’ll end up spending a lot of money in ruined furniture and potential health issues from completely avoidable pest infestations. https://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/growth/article232033912.html

That said, we wanted to analyze the latest American Housing Survey data to see which states are most at risk for pest problems so you can be proactive in pest proofing your house.

That said, we found that the American Housing Survey collects data on two specific types of pest sightings. Those are:

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  • Signs of mice or rats inside homes in last 12 months and;
  • Signs of cockroaches in last 12 months.

Unfortunately, we have some bad news for Texas households!

In the data, we found that Texas had the greatest amount of pest sightings than any other state in the country! In contrast, if you want to avoid pests, the best state to live in is Colorado, BRB moving there right now! 

We dug a little deeper and looked into city level data, and it’s not looking great for New Yorkers! New York City ranked #1 in pest sightings with Houston being #2!

Ed Spicer, General Manager of Pest Strategies also commented; “California, Texas, and Florida aren’t surprising given they’re warm most of the year making them ideal climates for pests, but New York was surprising given it gets pretty cold during the year!

It may be because of how New York disposes their trash (putting it out curbside in bags instead of inside garbage cans, which tends to attract a lot of rats!).” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/nyregion/newyorktoday/nyc-news-trash.html

Below are some graphics illustrating the data on pest sightings by State. The numbers are stated in thousands of housing units.

StatePest Sightings (In Thousands)
Texas3,547
Florida2,448
California2,369
New York1,953
Pennsylvania1,102
Illinois1,077
Ohio881
Virginia715
Massachusetts597
Maryland560

Below is the complete list of pest sightings by city. Again, the data is in 1,000’s.

CityPest Sightings (In Thousands)
New York City1634
Houston992
Los Angeles-Long Beach881
Atlanta743
Chicago630
Dallas625
Miami618
Philadelphia585
Washington DC532
Tampa-St. Petersburg449
Boston401
Northern New Jersey370
San Antonio367
Phoenix326
Minneapolis-St. Paul284
Orlando274
Baltimore273
Fort Worth-Arlington214
Birmingham206
St. Louis204
Riverside-San Bernardino201
San Francisco192
San Diego189
New Orleans178
Oklahoma City174
Raleigh173
Las Vegas169
Pittsburgh169
Kansas City159
Denver152
Memphis152
Oakland145
Virginia Beach-Norfolk145
Cleveland136
Detroit134
Jacksonville128
Nashville125
San Jose125
Cincinnati124
Indianapolis115
Louisville109
Sacramento109
Richmond105
Portland, OR96
Providence93
Tucson90
Milwaukee85
Rochester, NY84
Seattle84
Hartford78
Columbus76
Charlotte70
Austin42
Buffalo40

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