When you’re in the midst of moving to a new home or apartment, one of the first things you’ll want to ask about your potential residence is whether the area is prone to any pest problems. After all, there’s not much worse than moving into what you think is a brand-new, clean apartment- and then suddenly finding a cockroach infestation hiding behind your kitchen cabinets.
Before signing the dotted lines on a new lease, make sure to know what pests are common in your city. For example, big cities such as Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles tend to have rat problems; cockroaches and bedbugs are also typically found in big cities. In the South, meanwhile, you’re likely to encounter mosquitos, which are usually harmless but occasionally can cause residents to contract a mosquito-borne disease.
If you live out west, keep an eye out for spiders, scorpions, and ants, all of which thrive in hot, dry climates. Seattle has some of the more unusual pest infestations- slugs and sea lions. Slugs are sometimes found to be endemic in the Seattle area and can damage agriculture and gardens; sea lions, meanwhile, may be an adorable infestation, but they can take temporary ownership of docks and decks, potentially leading to hazards for boaters.
No matter where you live, encountering a few pests is inevitable. However, if you know what you’re up against, you can be prepared to defend your new home against pests that come your way.