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The Most Annoying Bugs in BostonPosted March 24, 2022

The average person isn’t a fan of bugs. That’s especially true for most homeowners since they also have concerns about infestations of insects that can attack the structure of a house. Since climate also affects what bugs are in a given area – and how much they proliferate – the most annoying bugs in Boston may be different than those in New York City, Dallas, and beyond.

The most annoying bug can also be a personal opinion. Despite that, Family Handyman used Google Trend research to determine the most annoying pests in every state. For Massachusetts, the result wasn’t an insect but mice.

Are There a Lot of Bugs in Boston?

That might seem difficult to quantify, but two different studies rank Boston high in the list of cities with the most bugs. One study ranked Boston as the fourth “buggiest” city in the U.S. after Hartford, CT; Columbus, OH; and Detroit, MI, respectively.

Another study reported by House Beautiful ranks Boston as the second most insect-filled city in America. In that survey, New York City tops Boston as number one. The rest of the top ten list is filled out by Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Detroit, MI; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; Hartford-New Haven, CT; and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN.

What Kind of Bugs Are in Boston?

Like most major cities, Boston has insects like mosquitoes, cockroaches, moths, red pavement ants, millipedes, and house crickets… to name a few. Additionally, the greater Boston area also deals with pests such as the wolf spider, western conifer seed bug, cicada killer wasp, and the emerald ash borer.

What Is the Most Annoying Insect?

Most annoying insect” depends upon your criteria. Is it the one that causes the most damage? Hardest to detect? Most painful or dangerous bites? Diseases they can transmit?

The answer will vary according to which one is selected. That said, for the average homeowner, the buzz of a fly or whining sound of mosquitoes can be very annoying. This is especially true when trying to sleep at night… so they might top the list. Since both can carry disease, it’s a reasonable answer.

What Is the Most Dangerous Insect in New England?

When talking about the most dangerous insect, painful bites and diseases that can be transmitted are generally the criteria. Boston Magazine cites four insects as the most dangerous in New England:

  • Black flies – because their bite can go unnoticed until it leads to bleeding
  • Greenheads (a.k.a. horseflies) – because their painful bite can trigger allergic reactions
  • Mosquitoes – which are the largest spreader of disease worldwide… including malaria and Zika

But Boston Magazine ranked one pest more dangerous than all others in New England – the deer tick. Why? Because of increasing cases of Lyme disease caused by deer tick bites, the fact that they can be hard to spot and are more prevalent than ever.

Are Chiggers in Massachusetts?

First, it’s best to clarify what chiggers are. Technically they’re known as “trombiculid mites,” but along with the term “chiggers,” people have also referred to them as harvest mites, harvest lice, harvest bugs, red bugs, and mower’s mites. Officially, they’re not insects but arachnids – which puts them in the same family as ticks and spiders.

Chiggers exist all around the world and like moist grassy areas. That means chiggers have been found in places like forests, fields, and even lawns. They’re extremely small – usually a magnifying glass is necessary to spot them – so people are often bitten before realizing they’re a problem.

Chigger larvae, not the adults, bite people. And they don’t fly. Instead, chiggers tend to stay in grass or on leaves in large groups and then attach themselves to people or animals that move past them.

While chiggers are more commonly associated with the south, they’ve been found in all parts of the East Coast since the 1920s (albeit often referred to as harvest mites instead). According to Dr. Sam Telford – a Tufts infectious disease authority – chiggers are definitely in Massachusetts, and he’s working on a case report about an infestation in Wenham.

What Are Corpse Flies?

Also known as coffin flies, corpse flies feed on and lay eggs in decaying material. That can include excrement… but dead animals are more common. They get the names “corpse flies” and “coffin flies” from the fact that they will also enter coffins and infest dead bodies.

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