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The 10 Most Pest-Infested Cities in America

Hate insects, rodents and other pests? If creepy-crawlies make you wince, there are some U.S. cities you might want to avoid. Here are 10 of the most pest-infested cities in America.

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New Orleans

Pest control workers in New Orleans have their work cut out for them. The southern city ranks high when it comes to sightings of cockroaches, mice and rats, according to a study by Statista.

Blogger and commentator Brett Will Taylor says in Love our City, Love Our Bugs, that when he moved to New Orleans, ” My biggest adjustment has been to New Orleans bugs. There are a lot of them. They have severe boundary issues. And, every year, they break our winter peace with an iron-fisted show of power that would make Kim Jong-un proud.”

Try these 26 tips for controlling pests in and around your home.

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Washington DC

Bedbugs love the nation’s capital! According to Orkin, Washington DC ranks as the second-worst city for the bedroom pest, likely thanks to the large influx of travelers from around the world. Banish bed bugs for good with this DIY guide.

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New York City

As the nation’s largest city, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that New York City ranks high on the list for cities with a rat problem. It’s estimated that the city has anywhere between 2 and 28 million rats.

When rats are a part of your everyday life, you have to find the humor in the situation. Michael Sperr wrote this joke for David Letterman, “Folks will do anything to see ”The Lion King.” Last night, a large rat tried to pass as a cast member and sneak in the stage door.”

These are the 12 rat myths you need to stop believing.

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Miami

You may love the warm Florida sunshine, but so do all those termites, cockroaches and mosquitoes. Thanks to the city’s steamy weather, according to the University of South Florida, it’s estimated that by 2040, half of the structures in South Florida will be at risk for subterranean termite infestation. Learn the difference between flying ants and termites.

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Phoenix

Imagine waking up in the morning, getting out of bed and stepping on a scorpion. That’s a likely scenario for those living in Phoenix. There are about 12,000 scorpion stings reported each year in the desert state, according to Arizona’s poison control center.

Like bees and spiders, scorpions are arthropods. Only one of the 30 species of scorpions found in Arizona is regarded as life-threatening: the bark scorpion, which is only 1-1/2 inches long. These are the 10 most dangerous bugs you need to avoid.

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Atlanta

There’s a good reason mosquitoes love Atlanta. The city not only has a warm climate but the summers are wet and there are plenty of swamps and forests for breeding.

There are more than 50 mosquito species living in and around Atlanta, according to the Georgia Mosquito Control Association.

Try these seven repellent tips to keep mosquitoes away.

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Boston

In 2016, the Boston Inspectional Services Department received more than 3,500 rodent complaints. The city’s rat problem goes back more than 100 years. In 1917, the city offered prizes to residents for those who brought in the largest number of rat carcasses. Here’s why having a mouse problem is worse than you thought.

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Tampa

Cockroaches love this Florida gulf-coast city. In fact, it’s estimated that 38 percent of homes in Tampa have a cockroach problem. Pet owners in the city are also in a constant battle with fleas and ticks which thrive in warm temperatures and humidity. Learn how to get rid of fleas with this DIY guide.

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Nashville

Nashville may be the country music capital, but it’s also a hotbed for rats and snakes. When the weather gets cold, rats and mice look for warmth inside homes and buildings so here’s another reason to make sure all those entryways are sealed shut. These are the most insane pest control ideas that may be worth a try.

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Houston

Cockroaches, termites, bedbugs and mosquitoes—oh my! Houston’s warm, humid climate is a breeding ground for all kinds of pests. In fact, according to the American Housing Survey, two in five households reported seeing cockroaches.

ClevernTexans have a name for their pointy-toed cowboy boots: cockroach killers.

Here are 11 sound strategies for DIY pest control.

Rachel Brougham
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