Flies, Ants, Mosquitoes Among Top-Searched Pests in the U.S.

Flies, Ants, Mosquitoes Among Top-Searched Pests in the U.S.

The three insects were identified as the top-searched pests across forty-one states, according to home and gardening website Organic Lesson.

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February 20, 2019

Flies, ants, and mosquitoes caused the most widespread problems among US households according to a recent study by Organic Lesson. The three insects were identified as the top-searched pests across forty-one states, and they also accounted for 34% of total DIY pest control searches in the US.
 
The study analyzed Google's search interest data of 30 common household pests and rodents including flies, ants, bed bugs, mosquitoes, fleas, mice, and cockroaches. The study specifically focused on pest control searches with a DIY intent, such as “bed bug remedies,” “mosquito traps,” and “how to get rid of fruit flies.”
 
For more details on the methodology and to read the full study, visit: The Most Troublesome Household Pests in Each State (2018)
 
The Top Searched Pest in Each State (2018)
 
Alabama: Fleas 
Alaska: Mosquitoes 
Arizona: Mosquitoes 
Arkansas: Ants 
California: Flies 
Colorado: Flies 
Connecticut: Flies 
Delaware: Flies 
Florida: Mosquitoes 
Georgia: Fleas 
Hawaii: Mosquitoes 
Idaho: Ants 
Illinois: Ants 
Indiana: Ants 
Iowa: Ants 
Kansas: Ants 
Kentucky: Ants 
Louisiana: Mosquitoes 
Maine: Mice 
Maryland: Ants 
Massachusetts: Flies 
Michigan: Flies 
Minnesota: Flies 
Mississippi: Fleas 
Missouri: Ants 
Montana: Mosquitoes 
Nebraska: Flies 
Nevada: Ants 
New Hampshire: Mice 
New Jersey: Ants 
New Mexico: Ants 
New York: Flies 
North Carolina: Ants 
North Dakota: Flies 
Ohio: Ants 
Oklahoma: Flies 
Oregon: Ants 
Pennsylvania: Flies 
Rhode Island: Mice 
South Carolina: Fleas 
South Dakota: Flies 
Tennessee: Ants 
Texas: Mosquitoes 
Utah: Flies 
Vermont: Mice 
Virginia: Flies 
Washington: Flies 
West Virginia: Fleas 
Wisconsin: Mosquitoes 
Wyoming: Flies
 
Other Insights from this study include:
 
  • Bed bugs didn’t come out as the top-searched pest in any of the state-specific ranking lists but they did account for the third highest percentage of do-it-yourself pest control searches in the United States. Flies accounted for 14% of DIY pest control searches in the US, followed by ants (11%), bed bugs (9%), and mosquitoes (9%).
  • The states in the northeastern region, such as Maine and New England, experienced more disturbances from rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats. 2018 was a record year for many of these states with local officials and pest control companies recording an unusually-high number of cases due to the warmer-than-average weather.
  • Fleas were more of an issue for homeowners that resided in the southeastern states including Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. 27% of flea treatment searches in those states were related to eliminating fleas on dogs and cats.
 
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