close
close

Iconic MA landmark makes list due to being full of critters

Raise your hands, Massachusetts, if you just love creepy, crawly bugs and insects. What about that nasty little vector of dirt and pestilence known as a cockroach? Anyone?…Bueller?…Anyone? No one? Me neither.

And believe me when I tell you that they are cockroaches EVERYWHERE. It doesn't matter what the living conditions or the climate are. I've lived all over the country and I know that even if you can't see them, They are there.

In Florida they are called “palmetto bugs.” That's just a fancy name for “cockroach.” Oh, and they are HUGE. I mean, palmetto beetles are HUGE cockroaches. And I don't like her…and never will.

Recently, Pest Gnome, the expert who connects you with the best exterminators in your area, conducted a study looking at which cities in the country have the biggest cockroach problems.

Would you believe a city here in the Commonwealth has accomplished this? 25 Wildest Cities in America List? That's no joke. Are there any aspiring directors out there? You can make a horror movie out of this, I tell you.

Pest Gnome compared cities based on several metrics, such as the percentage of homes with signs of cockroaches, access to pest control professionals, and the average number of extremely hot days (Cockroaches love heat!) to present the results.

Here are the 25 most cockroach-infested cities in America, according to Pest Gnome:

  1. Houston, Texas
  2. San Antonio, Texas
  3. Tampa, Florida
  4. Phoenix, Arizona
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. Miami, Florida
  7. Atlanta, Georgia
  8. Birmingham, Ala
  9. Dallas, Texas
  10. Oklahoma City, OK
  11. New York, New York
  12. Richmond, Va
  13. Los Angeles, California
  14. Washington, D.C
  15. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  16. Baltimore, Maryland
  17. Riverside, California
  18. Chicago, Illinois
  19. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  20. San Jose, California
  21. Boston, Massachusetts
  22. Detroit, Mich
  23. San Francisco, California
  24. Rochester, New York
  25. Seattle, Washington

I guess it's a small consolation, but at least Boston wasn't in the top 20, or top 10. Thank God for small favors. Take a look at the full study by visiting Pest Gnome's website here.

LOOK: This is where most people from every state move

Stacker analyzed data from the Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey to determine the top three destinations for people emigrating from each state.

Gallery photo credit: Amanda Silvestri

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker has ranked the costliest climate disasters since 1980 by the total cost of all damage, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list begins with Hurricane Sally, which caused 7.3 damage in 2020 billions of dollars, ending with a devastating hurricane in 2005 that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Read on to discover the 50 costliest climate disasters in the US in recent decades

Gallery photo credit: KATELYN LEBOFF

LOOK: Baby names that are illegal around the world

Stacker combed through hundreds of baby name databases and press releases to compile a list of baby names that are illegal anywhere in the world, along with explanations as to why they are banned.

Gallery photo credit: Annalize Mantz

Check it out: Check out the 100 most popular brands in America

Anna Harden

Learn More →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *