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Old 05-28-2013, 09:31 AM
 
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Just curious, what cities in the U.S. have the least amount of problems dealing with bugs? By bugs, I mean everything from roaches to ants, as well as mosquitos, gnats, etc. I absolutely hate dealing with bugs, and I know that in the warmer, more humid climates (southern states), no matter how clean you keep your house, there'll always be at least a roach or two crawling around.

In the Northeast (especially NYC), you have bedbugs to worry about. Not to mention rats if you live in a really crappy place.

I wonder what major American cities deal with this problem the least - maybe a cool climate like Seattle or San Francisco? Or would it be a hot, arid climate like Phoenix? I'm just curious, I have no clue.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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You can cross Florida as a state off that list. Beautiful state but some natural dangers like I've never seen. If the fire ants don't get you the fire grass will. That's if the spiders, snakes, or snapping turtles don't get you. Oh... let's not forget the gators down there. Prehistoric creatures. Who the f___ has that in their backyard?

California is really decent in terms of mosquitoes because it has a dry heat climate--at least certain regions of Cali. The Midwest gets kind of humid during the summer, so, these things can eat you alive some nights.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:46 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Maybe non-humid cities that have extremely cold winters but are hot and arid during the summer? Flagstaff, Arizona comes to mind. Las Vegas might be another one, but it does not necessarily get extremely cold. How about Denver and Salt Lake City? ...then again, that lake can be a giant cess pool when things go awry, haha... Or what about Phoenix? Or Reno?

Now I'm pretty much summing up most of Arizona and Nevada, possibly Colorado and Utah.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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California is pretty good, although we have some horse flies and a few mosquitoes, but nothing bad (I lived in DC a few years, and the bugs were KILLER in summer!). Arizona and New Mexico are good for lack of bugs too, but the summers there are like climbing in an oven.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:40 PM
 
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Avoid the south.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Its relatively bug free out here in SoCal...
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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California is pretty good, although we have some horse flies and a few mosquitoes, but nothing bad (I lived in DC a few years, and the bugs were KILLER in summer!). Arizona and New Mexico are good for lack of bugs too, but the summers there are like climbing in an oven.
Why do people think that New Mexico gets extremely hot in the summer? The average high for large parts of the state is in the 80's during summer thanks to the high elevation, and most of the state gets down right freezing during the winter. Most parts of the Midwest and other parts of the country can feel hotter thanks to the humidity there. NM is a good place to look if you don't like bugs thanks to the dryness throughout most of the year.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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It may not be in the US, but Toronto can have pretty bad Mosquitos. In the suburbs they're even worse. And in the exurbs they can be terrible - especially in the evening - the black flies can be bad in the spring, and the horseflies deadly year-round. Further north you have all of the above, plus deer flies, which are almost as bad as horseflies. And ticks are endemic to the whole region, so Lymes Disease is a real threat. Unfortunately, bedbugs have made a resurgence in the inner-city here, as it has in some American metropolises. They're a pest year-round and a nasty one at that. It's also very difficult to get rid of a bedbug infestation, and they spread quite easily so in the poorer parts of the city, entire buildings are infested. Just yesterday a downtown hotel had a fire related to their bedbug eradication efforts - some machine overheated. We also have plenty of roaches in the city, house spiders, water bugs, wasps, hornets, earwigs - the usual. Not too many rats, except in certain areas. Nothing venomous.

The city has a serious raccoon issue, because so many of the wooded ravines were never filled in when the city was developing, creating perfect areas for wildlife to thrive, but the coons come up into the city and have staked out territories. They did a huge study on them on The Nature of Thinga and found out that family groups have clearly defined territories, usually divided by city streets, and have adapted to city life extremely well. It was really interesting. We also have coyotes coming up into the city and killing dogs from time to time. There are also foxes and deer, but you never see those in the city.

I guess every city has its critters. I guarantee you that the buting bugs are brutal in Alaska during the spring and summer, nevermind the bears and wolves, etc.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Why do people think that New Mexico gets extremely hot in the summer? The average high for large parts of the state is in the 80's during summer thanks to the high elevation, and most of the state gets down right freezing during the winter. Most parts of the Midwest and other parts of the country can feel hotter thanks to the humidity there. NM is a good place to look if you don't like bugs thanks to the dryness throughout most of the year.
Yes, but there are also parts of NM that do get hot like Phoenix and such.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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High elevation (10,000 feet or higher) and/or dry conditions is the best bet to avoid bugs, particularly mosquitoes. Places like Taos, New Mexico or Breckenridge, Colorado fit that bill.
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