Who loves bugs? Very few people.
If you’re a reader of this post, then we’re sure you hate them. And you want them to die no matter what.
Severe allergic reactions from bug bites to property damage costs, bugs have their way of inflicting horror on you.
Over the past few months, the problem of bugs increased a lot.
From shorter winters to frequent rains, bugs suddenly face more favorable conditions to live and breed than ever before.
People emailed us and asked us, what are the states with the least bugs?
Some homeowners have run into colossal pest control bills that they’re tired of the bug situation in their state.
They want to move into states where the chances of bug infestation are significantly less.
That’s why we created this post.
Now you should keep in mind that there’s no concrete agency or government data that can affirm what we’re about to mention. No one keeps bug infestation data.
We’re presenting this information by collecting data from 500 pest control agencies across the states.
We asked two simple questions to the agencies –
- How many homes have you treated for pests in 2020?
- What were the most common bugs that you’ve treated for?
We know that maybe the pest control agencies’ businesses have grown, so that’s why they’ve treated more homes in individual states.
But that’s not the case. To take this factor out of the equation, we’ve also asked pest specialists how many were cases of re-infestation?
That has given us a fair amount of idea that many agencies have had repeat businesses from the same home for the same pest within 6-8 months.
So, here’s what we’ve found out.
States With The Least Bugs
Before we begin, you need to honestly answer the question: What does the word bug mean to you?
In this post, by bugs, we mean common home pests like mosquitoes, cockroaches, wasps, bed bugs, termites, and fleas, etc.
Spiders, snakes, scorpions, and rats are not insects or bugs. They’re arachnids, reptiles, and mammals.
Also, there’s one golden rule of thumb that you should never forget when it comes to bugs.
The hotter and more humid the place is, the more likely are the bugs to be there.
So, by keeping them in mind, here are the states with the least bugs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Again, dry weather and less humidity make Arizona the fourth state on our list with the least bugs.
But Arizona is known for mosquitoes.
You can find roaches and bed bugs in Arizona homes.
It’s because many Arizona homes ACs that make the homes habitable for roaches.
You can’t live without an AC in Arizona. So, if you take measures to guard your home against bed bugs and roaches, then you can indeed have fewer bug problems.
If you dread scorpions, snakes, and giant centipedes, then you’d like to keep yourself away from Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Even the Georgia Division Of Public Health has reported an increase in bed bug problems in Georgia.
Alaska, North Dakota, Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona are the states with the least bugs.
The weather in these states lacks humidity, making them not favorable for bugs to live and breed.
Florida, Louisiana, California, Texas, and Georgia 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. We were serial pest killers for almost all of our lives. Through this blog we spread pest murdering tips to people like you who want to keep their homes pest free.