2021 in Review: A-1 Pest Control Edition

In 2021, A-1 Pest Control has once again decided to take a look at what this year looked like in pest control, from our own observations to local and national pest trends to some sensational stories that went viral in a big way. Without further ado, here is our 2021 in review: A-1 Pest Control edition. 


Most Popular Blog 


To start things off, we thought it was only fair to see which of our blogs was the most popular this year, considering you’re reading this blog right now. So which of our esteemed blogs had the most readers this year? The winner is….


The 5 Deadliest Pests in North Carolina


It seems like people were on the lookout for deadly pests, and we had some answers! In fact, some of other popular blogs were pretty focused on the deadly and destructive. Yikes!


Runners up: How Even Common House Spiders Can Cause Big Problems For North Carolina HomesIt’s Termite Swarming Season! Here’s What You Need to KnowThe Stinging Insects of North Carolina 


Most “Popular” Pest - North Carolina


We took a look at Google Trends to get a sense of what sort of pests were popular this year in the Tar Heel State, and we found some interesting data. 

  1. The “Top” searched pest this year was termites – and considering how freaky a termite infestation can get, that’s no big surprise.
  2. Bed bugs, another absolutely dreadful pest, came in third among the top-searched pests in the state.
  3. Last year’s most searched pest, ants, dropped down to second place.
  4. Aphids and wildlife were the two breakout stars as far as Google search went, with big increases in search interest.

Most “Popular” Pest - Nationwide 


Our friends from the NPMA helped out with this one. According to data that they analyzed from the entire year of 2021, 5 pests, in particular, were the most “popular”, at least as far as online search went: 

  • Flies
  • Rodents
  • Regional pests (cicadas, lantern flies, stinkbugs)
  • Stinging insects
  • Mosquitoes 

No big surprises here – these are some of the most annoying pests around.


The Biggest Pest Story of the Year 


One pest story made a lot of noise in the news this year, and that was…


Billions of Brood X cicadas emerge in the eastern US


Billions of cicadas emerged from a 17 year period underground searching for a mate – and that meant a lot of cicadas making a whole lot of noise. It was the topic of countless news stories, podcasts, and TV broadcasts. While cicadas are essentially harmless, in such large numbers they create a symphony of constant background noise. This video demonstrates the sound that became commonplace for many Americans on the East Coast last spring: 


While eastern North Carolina was largely immune from this Brood X cicada presence, areas west of Raleigh no doubt became familiar with their mating calls. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your preference), we won’t be seeing and hearing these billions of cicadas again until 2038.


So that’s our 2021 pest control in review! If you’re ever in need of any pest control in 2022, just get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help you with any pest issue that you might be having!