These Are the Most Annoying Pests in Every State

If you search Google to learn how to deal with pests, you aren't alone. Based on Google Trends data, here are the most worrisome pests in every state.

Most annoying pests

All pests are annoying, no matter where you live. But according to Google Trends, there are some pests that can be peskier, more prevalent, or harder to get rid of than others, depending on where you live. Looking at online search data for five of the most common household pests, geography determines which ones draw the most attention.

To see what people are searching for state-by-state, we put five pests into a Google Trends report: Spiders, ants, mice, cockroaches, and bed bugs. The data is based on the number of times that topic was searched on Google within that state.

Once the data was collected, two particular pests came out on top—bed bugs and mice. Surprisingly, ants seem to be the biggest annoyance in only two states. Cockroaches and spiders also showed up in a number of searches. Check out the things in your house that are attracting pests right now

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Here’s a list of where each household pest ranked No. 1 in online search data:


  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

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  • Montana
  • New Mexico

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  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

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  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Texas

Bed Bugs

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  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

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