This guide reveals 5 states with least bugs and 5 buggiest states.
The results are based on the searches for bug removal that the residents of the states did. It’s also based on the number of home owners who hired pest controllers to remove bugs and pests in 2021.
So, if bugs make you squeamish, or you’re highly allergic to bug bites, and you’re thinking about moving to a new state in 2022, then you can’t ignore this guide.
These 5 States Are States With Least Bugs
Before we begin, let’s make it clear what do we mean by bugs specifically for this post.
By bugs we mean pests, that bite, invade homes, can cause diseases, and most importantly, that can cause expensive damage to your home.
So, roaches, mosquitoes, bed bugs, ants, fleas, kissing bugs, termites, mites, ticks, and other invasive pests are taken into consideration.
Rodent, reptiles, and wild life, that do not cause an infestation are not considered.
So, by keeping them in mind, here are the states with the least bugs.
#1 – Alaska
Not many of you who are reading this post were expecting this answer. But that’s what it is.
In Alaska, you don’t have any problem with roaches, termites, bed bugs, and even mosquitoes.
And why is this so?
It’s because of the cold weather.
Bugs hate cold. They need tropical weather and humidity to live and breed.
Most bugs, especially those that suck human blood and destroy property, like mosquitoes, bed bugs, and termites, need moisture and warmth to survive.
They need them both to breed and go without food for days.
That’s why when you use diatomaceous earth on these bugs, they die. It’s because diatomaceous earth rips through their exoskeleton and dries the moisture inside their bodies.
But do keep in mind that not finding bugs outside in a typical environment doesn’t mean that they can’t be in your home.
A warm cozy home with high moisture levels can be from leaking pipes, invites some bugs like flies, moths, spiders, and even beetles.
Termites, bedbugs, and mosquito infestation are the lowest in Alaska. But homeowners spot cockroaches in their homes, especially during the summers.
It’s not a surprise for us as cockroaches can survive anywhere. But roach incidences are not as much as it’s in Alaska as it’s in other states.
#2 – North Dakota
The second on our list of states with the least bugs is North Dakota.
With an average temperature of 40° F all year round, and winters dropping below 0° F in the southwest of the state, North Dakota isn’t the state where common house bugs will thrive.
North Dakota has an ant problem. There’re ten species of ants in North Dakota.
Fortunately, the most dangerous and found in a home, the fire ants, aren’t common.
That takes a lot of your worry.
But you can kind of find roaches, spiders, and rats in North Dakota homes. Their presence boils down to your home’s overall level of cleanliness and humidity.
#3 – Nevada
Now we’re going on the opposite end of the spectrum, from cold weather to hot and dry weather.
Nevada is the US’s driest state, making it less prone to bugs like mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas, and roaches.
But don’t think that Las Vegas has fewer bugs. In fact, Las Vegas is as bad as Miami and New York when it comes to bugs like termites and bed bugs.
Why is it so?
Too much human activity and people moving in from all over the world bring bugs to big cities.
But, in the north of Nevada, you won’t find many mosquitoes because being dry, there isn’t any waterlogging problem.
Also, bed bugs aren’t much of a problem either in Nevada’s dryer and less populated areas.
#4 – Colorado
Colorado is another state that isn’t bug friendly.
It’s a semi-dry state with low humidity levels and severe winters that make it hostile to common blood-sucking insects like mosquitoes, bed bugs, and fleas.
Dryness, low humidity levels, and cold weather do not create favorable conditions for the bugs to live and breed.
But you’ll find cockroaches and spiders in cities like Denver.
#5 – Idaho
Interestingly, Idaho was a surprise state in our list of states with the least bugs.
Internet Searches for pest control and bug removal activities were the least from this state.
Also, Idaho residents spent a staggering 47% lesser in pest control than the national average household spending.
That’s because the incidents of bed bug and termite infestation in Idaho were the lowest in the country in 2021.
However, Idaho has an ant problem which is on the rise. But thankfully, these ants are not the red biting and stinging ants which are known as fire ants.
Most of the ants are nuisance ants like the pavement ants and sugar ants. But residents of Boise are noticing an increase in the sightings of carpenter ants in the spring and summer months.
Carpenter ants can be damaging to your home as they’ve a habit of digging into wooden pieces.
5 States With Most Bugs
This post wouldn’t be over if we just mentioned the states with the least bugs. There must be a list of conditions that are too much bug friendly.
So, here are the states with the most bugs.
#1 – Florida
Without a doubt, Florida is the favorite state for bugs.
High humidity and tropical weather make it a perfect place, not only for its residents but also for bugs.
Florida homes face big problems of termite and roach infestation.
And on top of it, mosquitoes.
So, if you’re allergic to bug bites and you don’t want to spend to treat your home for pests at least once a year, then moving to Florida isn’t a good option.
#2 – Louisiana
The second worst state for bugs is Louisiana.
Know for its mosquitoes, termites, and roaches, Louisiana has a big bed bug problem too.
It can get worse if you are not observant of the signs of infestation of these bugs.
On top of it, Louisiana has spiders too. The brown recluse spider and the black widow spider have given a lot many homeowners in Louisiana nightmares.
#3 – California
The golden state is no stranger to bugs.
It has its fair share of bug infestation.
90% of homeowners have revealed that they had pest control done at least once a year.
From mosquitoes, ants, bees, and termites, California has it all.
And did we forget to mention fire ants?
#4 – Texas
Texas has a big pantry pest problem. Indianmeal moths and beetles cause a lot of food damages to home pantries and grain repositories.
Over the years, there have been many incidences of infestation by wood-boring beetles like powderpost beetles in Texas.
Termites are also active in Texas, especially the dreaded subterranean termites that attack your home from underground.
Being a warm and humid state, Texas also has a bad reputation for being bed bug friendly.
#5 – Georgia And Arizona
On the fifth place are Georgia and Arizona.
Both have reported an increased number of incidents of bed bug infestation, termite problems, and invasion of red fire ants in homes and properties.
Georgia is slowly taking over Florida when it comes to roaches.
Over the years, roach infestation in Atlanta has increased by at least seven times.
A rise in humidity caused by frequent rains increased the incidences of roaches infestation in Georgia homes.
Now, what else do roaches need!
Also, Georgia has an age-old termite problem, especially drywood termites that destroys the homes’ structural lumber and furniture.
Bed bugs are also on the rise in Georgia. The Georgia Division Of Public Health has reported an increase in bed bug problems in Georgia.
Alaska, North Dakota, Nevada, Colorado, and Idaho are the states with the least bugs in 2021.
The weather in these states lacks humidity, making them not favorable for bugs to live and breed.
Florida, Louisiana, California, Texas, and Georgia along with Arizona are the worst states for you if you hate bugs.
Roaches, termites, and bed bugs are significant problems in these states, causing homeowners thousands of dollars on pest control every year.
We’re Mark and Jim, and we’re retired pest controllers who made homes pest-free for more than three decades. We, along with our team of experts, founded this site to give you the pest control hacks that work.