PPMA Common Pests By State New York

Pest Control in New York State: Identifying the Most Common Insects and Pests

The Empire State is not only home to the city that never sleeps but also a myriad of pests that roam about the night. If any of these pests make their way indoors, they could pose serious risks to health and property. Thus, it is essential to partner with a licensed pest control professional in New York, as DIY efforts are not sufficient enough to keep your home protected.

List of Common Pests and Insects in New York

From summer humidity to winter storms, there is a wide range of pest activity in New York throughout the year. Here are some of the most common pests and insects in New York:


Top view of an ant

With over 700 species in the U.S., these tiny insects are identified in many New York households. Ants can easily go unnoticed, allowing infestations to rampage. Some ant species like the carpenter ant pose a significant property threat if they gain entry, as they damage wood through their nest building.

Bed Bugs

Close-up of bed bugs

Bed bugs feed solely on blood and need frequent meals to thrive and develop. Although bed bugs can dine on many warm-blooded animals, they primarily feed on humans, most often while they are asleep. These bloodsuckers are experienced “hitchhikers” that skillfully latch onto suitcases, clothes and linens and end up wherever these items may go.


Close-up of a flea

These parasites feed on the blood of many warm-blooded animals. Although they most often feed on household pets, fleas can also bite humans, resulting in painful, itchy red bumps. This small, flightless creature is also the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague and can transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats.


Side view of pigeon

From agricultural areas and warehouses to city parks and buildings, pigeons are found throughout New York. These birds are filthy and may carry diseases such as cryptococcosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella and more. Fleas, ticks, lice and mites may also live on them. Pigeon droppings, which often cause slips and falls, accelerate the aging of structures and statues, and may harbor the growth of fungus, causing histoplasmosis.

Asian Lady Beatles


The multi-colored Asian lady beetle is a species of ladybug considered to be a nuisance pest commonly found during the fall and winter seasons. These insects are attracted to light and are often seen around windows or on the sides of New York buildings with sunlight. Asian lady beetles can aggravate asthma symptoms and cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Also, they exude a viscous yellow, foul-smelling fluid that may stain any surface it contacts.

Cluster Flies


Flies are some of the most common insects encountered, and New York is home to a few different species, especially cluster flies. Cluster flies are similar in appearance to the common housefly. They invade homes in the late summer and early fall, seeking refuge from the cooler temperatures. While these pests do not pose a danger to humans, they are a nuisance as they often produce swarms that “cluster” around windows to find warmth.

Nuisance Wildlife


Squirrels, bats, and raccoons are some of the most common wildlife invading New York homes. While these creatures are nuisances, they can also wreak havoc once they make their way indoors. Tree squirrels can cause considerable damage to heat and air conditioning systems if they gain entry to electrical equipment rooms. Also, raccoons and bats could easily spread diseases like rabies, a deadly virus that causes inflammation of the brain and sometimes death.

Common Pests and Insects Found in New York Households

In addition to the pests listed above, these household pests and insects found in New York can pose serious threats if they make their way into the home:


Top view of American cockroachCockroaches are some of the most adaptable creatures on earth, often found in the bathrooms and kitchens of New York homes. They are known to spread at least 33 types of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. Additionally, cockroaches can trigger asthma and allergy attacks as their droppings, saliva, and shed skin contain potent allergens. They can also exacerbate asthma symptoms, especially in children. To prevent an infestation, New Yorkers need to seal up cracks and crevices around the house and maintain a clean and sanitary home. If you discover a cockroach infestation, be sure to contact a licensed pest professional to handle the problem.

Indian Meal Moths

Top view of an Indian meal moth

Indian meal moths are one of the most common pantry pests found throughout the U.S. They are attracted to light and like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candy and dog food. To prevent Indian meal moths from infesting the home, be sure to store ingredients and snacks properly in plastic or glass containers with an airtight seal. Also, do not forget to inspect boxes and bags at the grocery store to avoid bringing this pest home.


View of a ratEach year, rodents such as rats and mice invade several New York homes, searching for food, water, and shelter. These pests are known to spread more than 35 diseases that can be transmitted to humans, and their droppings and urine can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in children. Once they get inside, rodents can damage properties by chewing through drywall and insulation, as well as the electrical wiring in walls or vehicles. Damaged electrical wiring is not only costly to repair but poses a fire hazard. To prevent a rodent infestation, promptly clean up food and drink spills and dispose of garbage regularly in a sealed lid trash can. Rodents are known to reproduce quickly, so contact a licensed pest professional if you suspect an infestation.



Top view of house spiderWith over 3,000 species throughout North America, spiders are common pests found in New York homes. While some may bite if disturbed, most species are not harmful to humans and are simply nuisance pests. Dangerous or not, most people prefer not to have any spiders in their homes. To prevent an infestation, remove harborage sites, seal up cracks and crevices around the house and keep garages, attics, and basements clean and clutter-free. If you are concerned about spiders in your home, remember to contact a licensed pest control professional.

What is New York’s State Insect?

The nine-spotted ladybug/lady beetle, also known as coccinella novemnotata, is the state insect of New York. This species has four black spots on each of its hindwings, and the ninth spot is split between the two elytra. The nine-spotted ladybug is native to North America and has been the state insect of New York since 1989. At that time, it was said to be one of the most common lady beetles in agricultural areas in New York and the Northeast. However, this insect population has significantly decreased over time.

Find New York Exterminators Near You

If you suspect a pest infestation on your property, do not try to control the problem on your own. It is best to hire a licensed pest professional in New York to assist in the proper identification, and treatment of the insect and pest problem. click below to use a zip code locator to find qualified pest control services in the state of New York.

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