Moving Across State Lines? Which Pests to Expect in Your New Home

NPMA warns homeowners to take preventative measures ahead of peak pest season

FAIRFAX, VA (February 5, 2024) — Buying a new home is an exciting milestone, especially if it’s one that takes you to an entirely new state or coast. While the to-do list for a new homeowner is already very long, it’s important to add pest control to the list. No matter where you’re located in the U.S., pests pose a significant concern to health and property. To keep homeowners protected from these threats, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends educating yourself on which pests are prevalent in your new backyard and taking steps to reduce the likelihood of an infestation.

“Common household pests like rodents and cockroaches can be found throughout the country in any type of residence, but there are pests specific to states and regions, such as termites, ticks, scorpions, and spiders that new homeowners may be unfamiliar with,” says Jim Fredericks, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for NPMA. “While proper pest control is important no matter where you live, it’s crucial homeowners who have moved to a new region understand the new pest threats they are exposing their families and property to.”

Working with a qualified pest control professional is the most effective way to reduce the threat of an infestation, but homeowners can take steps on their own to prevent pests from coming indoors. Below is NPMA’s top list of pests that pose a threat to homeowners, and vary from region to region:

·       Termites are known for their destructive nature, causing $6.8 billion in damages every year. While the subterranean termite can be found throughout the U.S., other species such as drywood termites and Formosan termites, infest southern and western states.

·       Often mistaken for insects, ticks are arachnids that can spread diseases. There are various species all located in specific regions throughout the country, protect yourself and your family when spending time outside in tick habitats.

·       Found in southwestern and southern states, scorpions pose a threat due to their ability to inflict painful stings. While most experience mild symptoms as a result, the Arizona Bark scorpion possesses dangerous venom.

·       Most spiders are harmless to humans, but the black widow and brown recluse spiders both pack a powerful bite that can be life threatening. The black widow spider can be found throughout the U.S., while the brown recluse is located in the south-central Midwest and southern states like Georgia to Texas.

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About the National Pest Management Association

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok and YouTube.