Bugs. We can’t live without them – but we also don’t want to live with them, at least not literally speaking. From termites and ants, to bedbugs and roaches, Americans spend many millions of dollars each year for pest removal and extermination services.
So what are the buggiest cities in America?
Earlier this year the US Census Bureau released data from 2013 in its American Housing Survey which shows Tampa, Florida is the roachiest city and Seattle and Austin are the rattiest. But that was two years ago and a lot has changed since then (shiver).
At Thumbtack we’re able to see what bug and pest removal services are most requested in real time and the data – and well, the data always tells a good story.
To determine which were the buggies cities, we looked at 159 of the largest metro areas across the U.S. and measured the number of requests for pest-removal services, relative to the population in that metro, using these figures to develop the Thumbtack Pest Index. This index ranges from 0 to 100, with the former representing cities with the fewest pest-related requests per person and the latter the most. The categories we included in our measure of pest-removal requests were pest control services, bed bug extermination, outdoor pesticide application, and termite and pest inspection.
Here are the buggiest cities in America for 2015:
Phoenix, Arizona was far and away the leading bug zone followed by not one but four (!) metro areas in Texas. Some surprises on the list were the relatively colder (in the winter) areas like Kansas City, Dover, Delaware, and Indianapolis.
We also figured out what the least buggy areas were too.
- El Paso, TX
- Fresno, CA
- Santa Cruz, CA
- Salinas, CA
- Spokane, WA
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Saginaw, MI
- Eugene, OR
- Modesto, CA
- Lexington, KY
If you’re an entomophobe or acarophobe – those are the words used to describe people who have an unfathomable fear of bugs – you’ll be happy to know there are places that are virtually bug-free. The least buggy metro areas in the U.S. with almost no demand for pest removal include El Paso, Texas, Fresno, California and Santa Cruz, California. Phew.
Check out our map of the buggiest areas in the US in the map below:
The average cost of an exterminator nationally is $120-$150. Here’s the cost of an exterminator near you.