Are you looking to move to a new location? If so, you might want to consider whether or not the city you're looking at has issues with pests such as roaches. When people begin to search for a new place to live, it can be easy to overlook something like the number of bugs in a given area.
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If you're traveling somewhere that is warm and humid all year long; then you're probably going to run into roaches more often than you would in colder areas. In general, that's not the first thing you consider in the city at large. We're taking a look at the 10 cities with the worst roach infestations, according to pests.org.
10 Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis may be known as the heart of soul, blues, and rock n' roll music, but 15.2% of all residents also report roaches inhabiting their homes. Given the location of the city and its proximity to the Mississippi River, it does not surprise that the conditions would lead to humid weather for the greater portion of the year.
The heat and dampness create the perfect breeding ground for roaches. However, outside of the roach problem, Memphis is still a beautiful city with a rich history. It is home to the Blues Hall of Fame and the legendary Sun Studio where icons like Elvis Presley once recorded.
9 New York City, New York
It might come as something of a surprise that New York would rank lower on the list with a reported amount of 15.6% of all residents reporting the disgusting creatures infesting their homes. But remember that roaches aren't fond of the icy winter weather.
During the cooler months of the year, New York's roach problem greatly diminishes. However, it can still get very humid during the summer months. That, coupled with the high amount of congestion, dirty city streets, and a bustling population, create the perfect conditions to host roach problems.
8 Dallas, Texas
If you plan on visiting Texas, or you live there, then you must spend time in the arts district of the city. Dallas is a creative hub with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection, and multiple historical sculptures. However, it is also a large metropolitan city with a lot of people living there.
Texas is known for being extraordinarily hot. The summers are downright scorching. Roaches flock to the city because of its high humidity factor. Despite not being near any large bodies of water, there is still plenty of standing water and rainfall that roaches seek when breeding.
7 Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, the city of dreams. Everyone who wants to be someone, particularly in the field of film, television, or music, seems to flock to Los Angeles in the hopes of catching their big break. With so many people milling around, it's easy to see why LA is one of the most notable places for roach infestations.
Its humid climate and high temperatures are precisely the sort of environment roaches love. To make matters worse, it's rare that Los Angeles ever properly cools off. Even the winter months don't get all that cold and it's located near plenty of beaches and other bodies of water. Roaches can thrive there all year long.
6 Raleigh, North Carolina
You'll notice the farther we get into the list, the more southern the cities. The reason being, obviously, because these states are more hot and humid than the rest of the country. If you want to avoid cockroaches altogether your best bet would be to move somewhere that gets to below freezing temperatures on the regular.
Raleigh may be a cultural mecca in North Carolina full of opportunity and fun things to do but almost 20% of all residents have reported seeing roaches. It stays in the 70 degrees and above window for a majority of the year.
5 Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona is one of the hottest states in the United States. Summers in Phoenix average 90 degrees or above on a daily basis! Couple that with the high amount of people in the city, particularly in the summers when tourists flock to visit the desert, and you've got a cockroach paradise.
Keep in mind they love the sewers and the dank humid conditions. Phoenix is perfect for roaches and if you live in the city odds are you've had to deal with your fair share of the pests. Make sure you keep a few cans of Raid on hand at all times.
4 Atlanta, Georgia
Per pests.org, which has provided the information for this article with their excellent census and research, a staggering 24.9% of residents in Hotlanta will report dealing with cockroaches in some capacity. That means nearly a quarter of their entire population have seen roaches in their home, or worse, had an infestation.
Atlanta is prone to getting heavy and sporadic thunderstorms during the summer months. At its hottest, temperatures can go as high as 100 degrees, the heat index can account for even higher than that. And it never gets a proper cool down because the winters simply don't get that cold and roaches can thrive there.
3 Miami, Florida
If you've ever visited Florida before then you know it doesn't really get "cold" there. Winter is something of a foreign concept. That's why Disney World stays popular all year round. People flock there to escape the snow and frigid temperatures. Miami is the go-to place for people wanting a beach vacation for a reason.
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There is tons of water there, it's known for its humidity, and it doesn't get cold. You can see why cockroaches are in love with Miami and they never have any reason to leave it behind, even during the supposed winter months.
2 Houston, Texas
More so than Dallas, Houston is one of the largest, hottest, and most humid cities in the entire United States. As you've probably guessed from the descriptions of other cities on this list, that makes it the perfect habitat for roaches. Almost 40% of all Houston residents have reported encountering cockroaches somewhere in the city.
Even worse, their roaches are known for being big. Considering its optimum conditions for their habitat, they're basically living in paradise and gorging themselves on the Houston streets. It is no wonder they've evolved to become massive.
1 New Orleans, Louisiana
Most residents living in New Orleans probably have their local exterminator on speed dial. If you ever wanted to get into the pest control business, moving to New Orleans would likely create a lucrative business opportunity for you. Due to the sea levels of New Orleans, you already know the city is a damp place to live.
It is surrounded by water. The sewage systems are also hundreds of years old. Almost half the population has dealt with roaches on at least one occasion. So if you're planning to go celebrate Mardi Gras soon, just be aware of what you might be walking into.