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.

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


Spiders are a creepy crawly pest, but you shouldn’t always kill spiders. They are beneficial as predatory insects. However, there are ways to get rid of spiders if needed.

  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming


Ants are a nuisance pest. Beyond taking over the kitchen to steal spilled crumbs, some types of ants even damage homes.

  • Montana
  • New Mexico


Cute Little Grey House Mouse Hiding in Window SillChristinLola/Getty Images

Some people think these furry creatures are cute, but you don’t want mice in your home. They chew electrical cords, walls and belongings. Plus, mice can spread dirt and disease.

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


Cockroaches might be common, but they’re also unpopular. Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of cockroaches. Here are the states that dislike cockroaches the most:

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

Bed Bugs

Bed bug Cimex lectulariusAkos Nagy/Shutterstock

With 20 states, bed bugs top our list of the most annoying pests, and it’s easy to see why. It’s difficult to get rid of bed bugs. And just the thought of bugs in bed is bad enough.

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