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Old 03-16-2007, 01:43 PM
 
Location: PA
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Default States with least pests

In which states or areas would you find the least amount of insects/spiders/snakes/whatever, even in the summer?

My knee-jerk reaction was obviously places like California, Colorado, etc, but is there any place not out west (aka expensive) that has less of a pest problem?

Maybe Maine? Wisconsin? Michigan? States like those surely have less of a problem, right?

Any ideas?
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:32 PM
 
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I can't personally vouch for this since I've never been there, but I've heard that the Pacific Northwest is relatively bug-free. Also, when I lived in Los Angeles, I saw very few bugs.
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Old 03-16-2007, 04:37 PM
 
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SoCal has very, very few bugs. Same with Colorado The upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc, has a ton of mosquitos!

Of course, places like Florida, Alabama, Louisiana have different bug issues.
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:24 PM
 
Location: AZ
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The midwest has bugs, as does every place else, but none of ours are deadly.

California may have few bugs, but what they lack in "normal" bugs, they make up for in scorpions, black widows, giant centipedes, rattlesnakes, etc.

Heck, even in IL we have 4 species of venomous snakes. There are only 4 states w/o venomous snakes. WI and MI both have rattlesnakes, something most people would never believe! LOL

As for bugs in general, your best bet would be places like WA, or OR, the PacNW has lots of bugs of course, but not on the scale of most other states. However, there are 2 scorpion species in OR and I believe one species in WA, but theyre harmless.
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:43 PM
 
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There is no place that does not have bugs and such. California has it share of pests. Rats, mice, spiders (BW, Browns, wolf, etc) snakes, skunks, fleas, mosquitoes, flies, knats, etc.
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:52 PM
 
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I know there's no place with no bugs, but where is it less of an issue?
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Old 03-16-2007, 06:56 PM
 
Location: AZ
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Originally Posted by bmurphy View Post
I know there's no place with no bugs, but where is it less of an issue?
PacNW.........
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Old 03-16-2007, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Southern California has the least bugs of anywhere I've seen. there's not room for any pests amoung all the traffic and people. I was out by Palm Springs and the Inland Empire last year. I did not see a bug anywhere.

Now about the PNW;It's going to depend on the area. Going out toward the eastern parts of WA and OR are probably the fewest pests. Here at the coast we get a lot of spiders during summer and fall. You get a lot of bugs in your lawn too.

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Old 03-16-2007, 07:23 PM
 
Location: A Valley in Oregon
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The Rocky Mountains have no fleas. Few roaches. Never saw a mole either. Mosquitoes a couple times a year.
Reasons include: way-cold winters that last several months and disrupt the life cycles of nits, eggs, larvae, etc., and a lack of good, fertile soil of any depth, less ground-growth.
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Old 03-17-2007, 01:46 AM
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Talking I will vouch for the Pacific NW

Okay, well maybe not the WHOLE Pacific NW , but I will vouch for Boise ID. For me it's been basically 'bug free' from around October(ish) till sometime in March or April. So far we've had a very warm March, mainly in the 60's to the low 70's and I'm just starting to see a few spiders and roly poly's, as well as some sort of knats due to the nice high temps .

Last year I had ants in my home around mid May, which I soon got rid of . Then they remained in the yard and didn't get in my home again, till totally disappearing somewhere's around October or November (first frost?). But at least they're the regular kind of ants and not "FIRE ANTS" .

In August is when I see the most spiders and they appear to be at their worst. But even their worst is so minor compared to CA where I'm from . That's not to say that CA has a terrible spider problem, just that it seems to me I had more spiders in Northern CA, than here and I'm baffled as to why I've noticed them the most the past two Augusts . Maybe August is 'spider mating season' here .

Anyways, I absolutely love the fact we have so few 'pests' here in Idaho and I'm scared about moving to another state where there are more jobs in my field, but terrible weather (snow blizzards, tornados, hurricanes, humidity, etc) and more 'bugs' !!!! I think after being on City Data and watching the news this past 6 months, maybe I should just stay put, what with global warming and all !
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