BED BUGS! They have been dubbed the peskiest pests of 2018. And, actually, this wasn't their first time to win this not-so-prestigious title. They were the most often online searched pest last year, as well. The Pest of the Year title was derived from total internet searches over a calendar year. While bed bugs claimed the title again this past year, the list did see some notable shakeups. Possums overtook scorpions for the number-two spot, and squirrels scuttled their way onto the list for the first time.

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BED BUGS NAMED 2018 'PEST OF THE YEAR'

And the pestiest place? Washington D.C.

Bed bugs topped the list of America's most pesky pests for the second year in a row, according to Terminix, a provider of termite and pest control services and a ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) company.

 

Raccoons can, and do, poop in the pool.
From Flickr user mwms1916Raccoons can, and do, poop in the pool.

The 2018 Pest of the Year popped up in searches a staggering 6.7 million times during 2018. The announcement was made Thursday concomitant with the release of the company’s second annual Entomologists’ Almanac, a chronicle of the year in pest trends, which can be accessed through

The Pest of the Year title was derived from total internet searches over the year. While bed bugs claimed the title again, the list did see some notable shakeups. Opossums overtook scorpions for the number-two spot, and squirrels scuttled their way onto the list for the first time. In case you are interested, here are the top 10 pest contenders for 2018:

           
          Pest
1         Bed Bug
2         Opossum
3         Scorpion
4         Spider
5         Hornet
6         Mosquito
7         Silverfish
8         Squirrel
9         Centipede
10         Cockroach
         

 

According to the Entomologirst's Almanac, Washington DC is the pestiest city in the nation. The District of Columbia searched for pests more than any other location, followed by North Carolina and Massachusetts. It wasn’t just the East Coast that had pests top of mind, with states from Washington to Tennessee making the list. If you are a fellow resident of Omaha, NE, you will be happy to know that Nebraska didn't even make the top 10!

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Until Next Time,

Dick