Most common pests in each state


April 27, 2023



As warmer weather approaches, pests will start invading kitchens, bathrooms and other parts of homes.

Forbes Home recently shared a list of the most common pests in each state across the U.S. based on the data statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Since the U.S. encompasses a wide range of climates and environments, it’s natural that specific pests are more common in some areas than others,

The research shows that spiders are the most common pest in the country with problematic presence not in 12 states. Carpenter ants are a close second, seen in nine states. Termites are common in sevens states, as are cockroaches.

Different pests pop up in different geographic locations due to climate and available resources for them.

Take a look at the study’s most common pests in each state, and see whether you agree. Why or why not?

  • Alabama: termites
  • Alaska: carpenter ants
  • Arizona: scorpions
  • Arkansas: spiders
  • California: termites
  • Colorado: spiders
  • Connecticut: carpenter ants
  • Delaware: cockroaches
  • Florida: termites
  • Georgia: carpenter bees
  • Hawaii: termites
  • Idaho: spiders
  • Illinois: wood-boring beetles
  • Indiana: carpenter bees
  • Iowa: spiders
  • Kansas: spiders
  • Kentucky: carpenter bees
  • Louisiana: termites
  • Maine: carpenter ants
  • Maryland: cockroaches
  • Massachusetts: carpenter ants
  • Michigan: carpenter ants
  • Minnesota: carpenter ants
  • Mississippi: termites
  • Missouri: carpenter bees
  • Montana: spiders
  • Nebraska: spiders
  • Nevada: fire ants
  • New Hampshire: carpenter ants
  • New Jersey: wood-boring beetles
  • New Mexico: fire ants
  • New York: cockroaches
  • North Carolina: cockroaches
  • North Dakota: spiders
  • Ohio: carpenter bees
  • Oklahoma: spiders
  • Oregon: spiders
  • Pennsylvania: cockroaches
  • Rhode Island: carpenter ants
  • South Carolina: fire ants
  • South Dakota: spiders
  • Tennessee: carpenter bees
  • Texas: cockroaches
  • Utah: scorpions
  • Vermont: carpenter ants
  • Virginia: cockroaches
  • Washington: spiders
  • West Virginia: termites
  • Wisconsin: wood-boring beetles
  • Wyoming: spiders


About the Author

Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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