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Buying a new home is one of the biggest investments a person can make in their lifetime. Ensuring your home is protected against unwanted visitors is essential before the moving truck arrives.

The Florida real estate market is booming, with a record number of people purchasing homes and opting for new construction. On average, the build time for a new home can range anywhere from six months to one year or more, and that is a significant amount of time for supplies to be exposed to the Florida elements. A new home is a considerable purchase and one that should be protected with a pest control treatment before you move in.

Many new homeowners assume that they do not need pest control services because the home hasn’t been occupied yet. The truth is new homes are not perfect and can be just as susceptible to unwanted pests as an older home. Rodents and pests will take up residency in the house through gaps or openings in the foundation. Insects can also find their way inside the house through construction materials that have been stored outside or in damp conditions.

Is pest control treatment part of my home inspection?

The short answer is no. Most people will hire a home inspector to walk through the structure, searching for property damages and safety hazards but not for unwanted rodents or bugs. To evict uninvited guests, the homeowner will need to conduct an independent pest inspection with an experienced pest control company.

The best time to treat your home for pests is before moving in. 

If your pest control inspection uncovers an infestation, it is best to treat the home and rid the property of bugs or rodents before you move in your belongings. The technician will have easier access to survey the structure while it is empty. This will also allow the homeowner to avoid covering furniture, clothing, food storage areas, toiletries, etc.

Five common pests that can be discovered during a pest control inspection. 

Several different types of pests can invade your home. Below are the most common pests found at new home construction sites.

Ants. Ant infestations are caused by ant mounds on the homesite during construction or can be transferred to the property on building materials.

Mice. New communities are being built where wooded areas used to be. Many pests live in dirt, brush, grass, or trees, and once those areas are cleared, the mice begin to search for a new place to call home.

Spiders. Spiders prefer to spin webs in covered areas, often inside homes. Spiders are usually found on walls and in corners close to the ceiling.

Cockroaches. German cockroaches are the most common in Florida and defiantly the creepiest of the bugs. Although they live outdoors in tropical climates, they are still commonly found inside homes where they can find a warm and moist place to spend the night.

Termites. Termites destroy wood and can cause significant damage to your home.

Although they are found in older homes with nondecayed wood, you can also uncover termites in wood flooring, attics, wood frames, doors, and windowsills. Drywood termites have evolved to be able to survive in diverse environmental conditions. If your new home has a termite infestation, a licensed termite removal professional like St. Petersburg, Florida-based Regional Termite & Pest Control can help you identify and effectively remove drywood colonies.


Once you have had your new home treated for pests, it is important to maintain a regular pest control service schedule to prevent future house guests from invading your space. Regional Termite & Pest Control has the experience needed to successfully offer annual or quarterly prevention required to protect your home. We are so confident that our service will give you the protection you need, and we offer a quarterly or annual guarantee determined by which service you purchase.

Need to schedule a pest control inspection? Contact us today by email at RegionalTermite@gmail.com or by phone at 727-422-0999 in the Tampa Bay area or 352-624-3797 in the Ocala area. Serving residents in the greater Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Ocala, and their surrounding areas.