FAIRFAX, Va. – When it comes to the most searched pests in 2015, it’s a bloodsucker that takes the cake according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The NPMA announced today its list of the Top 10 Pests of the Year, and bed bugs ranked #1. Spiders and stinging insects were also at the top of the list.
“Bed bugs continue to cause significant problems across the country due to their uncanny hitchhiking abilities and elusive habits,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “So, it makes sense that people are looking for information about them. No one wants to encounter bed bugs and they certainly want to find out how to protect themselves from an infestation and how to get rid of them, fast.”
The NPMA analyzed the top 100 pages per session on its consumer website, PestWorld.org, from January 1 through December 14, 2015 to determine which pests generated the strongest content interest within the United States. The following pests were identified as the most searched in 2015:
1. Bed bugs
3. Stinging insects
6. Stink bugs
A deeper analysis of PestWorld’s geo-data found that visitors to bed bug-related pages on the website were specifically interested in general biological information, unique bed bug facts and photos of bed bugs.