Some pests that we may encounter in our homes are kind of a no-brainer. Ants, roaches, and mice are probably the most common. But there are many other types of insects and animals that can cause harm to our homes or our families. Knowing what types of pests are native to the area where you live can help with their prevention. Many pest can be treated by the homeowner, but it’s good to know of others that may require calling in the experts.

Using search engines or apps to identify certain pests

It’s likely that you’ve seen an unusual bug around your house and have taken to the Internet to identify what it is. It’s possible that some known insects like a simple lady bug can be misidentified. I was recently bitten by what I was certain was a lady bug. It wasn’t. There’s another, very similar insect called an Asian Lady Beetle. They are bitey.

Some insects that are misidentified can cause harm, so it’s good to be sure you’ve correctly identified the pest you’ve seen. The internet has real time, helpful information.

The most searched pests in each state

PestSearch analyzed several years of searched data about the most common pests you’re likely to find in each state. This is based on which state searched for which pests the most. The data shows, for example, that ants are the most searched pests having the highest ranking in 14 states. Also, pests such as ants, fleas, flies, rats, wasps, bed bugs, fleas, mosquitos, spiders, scorpions, termites, and ticks are some of the most commonly searched pests in different states. And while the search data only covers three years (2020 to 2022), the information or findings available are relevant for effective pest control in the future. 


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