SoCal City Among The Most Roach-Infested In USA, Study Finds

Miranda Ceja

LOS ANGELES, CA — As families across the Golden State gather for the holidays, there is one guest that is never welcome: the cockroach.

Nevertheless, it’s an alarmingly frequent visitor. Pest Gnome, a company that specializes in connecting people to pest exterminators in their area, ranked the most roach-infested cities in the United States. Four California cities made it into the top 25 cities for cockroach service calls.

In California, residents in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Jose, and San Francisco call for help with roach infestations at higher rates than anywhere else statewide.

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Overall, several densely-populated metro cities made the list, which was determined using data from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Fortunately for SoCal residents, no California city made the top ten in the ranking.

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Houston topped the list, with 37 percent of homes showing signs of cockroaches in the past 12 months, the study said. Houston is known for its high heat and humidity, and Pest Gnome reported that roaches thrive in such conditions.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Houston, TX
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. Tampa, FL
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. Las Vegas, NV
  6. Miami, FL
  7. Atlanta, GA
  8. Birmingham, AL
  9. Dallas, TX
  10. Oklahoma City, OK
  11. New York, NY
  12. Richmond, VA
  13. Los Angeles, CA
  14. Washington, D.C.
  15. Philadelphia, PA
  16. Baltimore, MD
  17. Riverside, CA
  18. Chicago, IL
  19. Minneapolis, MN
  20. San Jose, CA
  21. Boston, MA
  22. Detroit, MI
  23. San Francisco, CA
  24. Rochester, NY
  25. Seattle, WA

“Cockroaches are known to transfer disease pathogens, such as the various bacteria that produce ‘food poisoning’ in humans, by contaminating food, food preparation surfaces, dishes and eating utensils,” the Illinois Department of Public Health stated on its website.

To prevent roaches from roaming in your home, Pest Gnome recommends sealing any points of entry, cleaning up any stray crumbs, fixing leaky pipes and using Raid and roach motels. If all else fails, call an exterminator.

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Miranda Ceja

2023-12-10 16:48:32 , Aliso Viejo Patch

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