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Pest Library

Learn more about the various types of pests that can infest your property. Also learn the necessary steps to prevent or eradicate infestations. Our goal is to provide our customers with the knowledge and tools they need to maintain a pest-free home.

Household Pests:
Unwanted Insects In Ohio

An insect infestation can be troublesome, and once found, removing them can be a daunting task. From bees, wasps, and hornets to ants, mosquitoes, fleas, and many more, the pests that call our beautiful Ohio home can cause damage, spread disease, and cause annoyances in our lives.

Learn more about pests by reading our blogs.

Ohio Pest Control
Can Help

If you have an infestation, your local expert exterminators at Ohio Pest Control provide pest control services in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.

Ant Control Services

Aside from biting people and potentially causing allergic reactions, ants can damage your property or ruin your lawn. When dealing with ants, our expert ant exterminators employ specialized methods to deal with various types of ants more effectively. 

Carpenter Ant Extermination

Active year-round, these large ants can be found inside or outside your home. Generally, carpenter ants will make their nests outdoors, making their homes in dead trees, telephone poles, porches, pillars, and roofs. However, they will come inside when searching for food and water.

Expert Ant Solutions From Ohio Pest Control

Ohio Pest Control combines chemical and non-chemical solutions for exterminating workers, eggs, larvae, and queen of the colony to handle carpenter ant remediation. Due to their aggressive nature, the best way to handle ant colonies on your property is to contact our expert Ohio Pest Control exterminators to devise an effective treatment plan. Learn more about our ant control services.

fire ants

Bed Bugs

Small, oval, brownish, and huge nuisances, bed bugs aren't your typical pest. With many similarities to other insects, like feeding on animals and humans' blood, bed bugs differ in their infestation. Unlike your common household invader, these pests are not a result of a dirty or unkempt home or office. Often entering undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items, bed bugs infest your home and make residence. Bed bugs tend to live in groups and are mainly active at night. Because they feed on blood, you may wake up itching or see dark spots on your sheets from their excrement if you have an infestation.

Bed Bug Treatment and Prevention

Ohio Pest Control uses the most effective methods to get rid of bed bugs. We use thermal remediation to get rid of bed bugs fast by heating areas to the "kill zone" temperature of 125 degrees. This ensures the death of all bed bugs and eggs in a matter of minutes. This method is environmentally friendly and chemical free.

If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and carefully check for signs of their excrement. To treat bed bugs, clean all bedding, linens, curtains in hot water, then dry them on the highest dryer setting.  However, while these treatments work, getting rid of bed bugs usually requires chemical treatments. These chemicals can be harmful, so it's generally safest and most effective to hire the experienced pest control professionals at Ohio Pest Control.

bed bug

Cockroaches Infestation

Like most bugs, roaches infest a home looking for food, water, and shelter. They will use pipes, drains, and exterior cracks and gaps to gain entry to their new home. Once inside, cockroaches grow their nests until overcrowding forces them out of hiding, and the homeowner realizes the problem.

Roach Treatment and Prevention

Keeping food in sealed containers and eliminating clutter helps prevent and control possible roach infestations. To treat a cockroach problem, our technicians administer rapid and effective treatment methods.

Learn more about our cockroach services.

cockroach infestation

Flea Problems

Creating a lot of havoc for such a small insect, fleas are a nuisance for both humans and pets. They are able to jump high to gain access to food sources. These pests feed on the blood of humans, household pets, and various other animals. Along with itching, swollen red bumps, skin irritation, and flea allergy dermatitis, fleas can transmit diseases with their piercing bites. Pets, like dogs and cats, can experience hair loss, skin irritation, and contract tapeworms from fleas.

Flea Treatment and Prevention

Prevention is always the first line of defense when dealing with fleas. However, if there is an infestation, there are remedies to get of these insects. First, you'll need to remove adult fleas from any infected people or animals using shampoos and treatments. Second, you'll need to thoroughly deep clean your home, including all bedding and linens, to rid your home of flea eggs and larva. A flea infestation can be challenging to tackle. Our team can effectively treat and eliminate the issue with our expert flea control methods.

flea on carpet

Mosquito Control Services

While mosquitoes might be among the most annoying pests to encounter and may not seem to be the most severe pest to deal with, they are among the most dangerous. This is due to the number of diseases that mosquitoes can carry malaria, encephalitis, yellow and dengue fevers.

Mosquito Extermination

The best approach to mitigating the mosquito population around your home is by draining any standing water. This provides them with the right environmental conditions to thrive. Examples of areas with standing water mosquitoes can use rain gutters, buckets, birdbaths, and swimming pools, to name a few. Taking proper care of your yard by mowing your lawn and pulling weeds along the fence line also helps. When using mosquito repellent, ensure that what you’re using is EPA-approved.

Using these methods can help control the situation. For more permanent mosquito service needs contact Ohio Pest Control to have our exterminators administer treatment.


Rodent Infestation, Prevention, and Treatment in Ohio

As one of the midwest's most destructive pests, rodents damage and destroy property by gnawing through wires, doors, floors, furniture, and much more. These creatures can cause flooding, fires, and other severe damages if they chew through your home's wires and pipes. Additionally, they consume and contaminate food in your home and carry hazardous diseases like Typhus Fever, Trichinosis, Salmonella, and more. 

What Are Signs of a Rodent Problem?

  • Fecal Droppings

  • Tracks

  • Gnawing Evidence

  • Running and/or Squeaking Sounds

What Are Signs of a Rodent Problem?

You'll need to mitigate further infestations by sealing off entry points to your home, sanitation, and preventative repellants. However, Ohio Pest Control's experts are the quickest and most effective solution for rodent control and removal.

mouse walking

Crawling Creatures: Spiders

Weather, ease of access, and other insects can lead to a spider infestation of your home. Like the American house spider and wolf spider, most spiders are harmless; however, venomous spiders can be dangerous. The brown recluse spider's bite causes small blisters and swelling around the bite, and may result in restlessness, fever, difficulty sleeping, and infection. Another venomous spider in and around Ohio is the black widow. If bitten, their venom is strong enough to compromise a person's nervous system. Symptoms from a bite include stomach cramps, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and fever.

Prevention and Treatment

Medical attention is strongly recommended if either of these spiders bites you. Cutting shrubs and bushes away from your home's exterior, sealing gaps and cracks, and removing excess debris piles from your home are ways to easily prevent a spider infestation. If your spider problem needs professional help, Ohio Pest Control can provide reliable and comprehensive pest control services to eliminate spiders.

spider on web

Bees, Wasps, and Hornet Infestations

If you're experiencing a high number of bees, wasps, or hornets near your home or garden, there is likely to be a nest nearby. In the midwest, we experience infestations from these insects, and they can cause severe grief. Distinguishing between a bee, wasp, or hornet can be tricky. However, while their appearances may be similar, their behaviors are not.

No Sting Zone: Bee Remediation

There are many types of bees in the midwestern area, and they provide many incredible benefits to our local environment. However, a nest near your home can cause property damage, bodily harm, and harm to these key pollinators.

Aggressive Wasps and Hornets

Unlike bees, wasps and hornets are significantly more dangerous because of their aggressive nature when disturbed. Additionally, these pests do not die after stinging.

Treatment and Prevention

The first thing to do if you're stung by any insect is to leave the area to seek treatment. If stung by a bee, make sure to apply treatment immediately by removing the stinger and using a cold compress to lessen any pain and ease the swelling. Should your symptoms worsen, then seek emergency medical treatment, as you could be having an allergic reaction. Similar to bee stings, if you are stung by a hornet or wasp, and your symptoms worsen, please seek emergency medical treatment.


Wild Animal Removal Services

From raccoons to opossums and squirrels, a wild animal infestation can result in many problems, including causing excessive property damage and spreading disease. Like rodents, they also carry and transmit many diseases that are harmful to humans and pets.

How Do You Spot a Wild Animal Infestation?

  • Squeaking/Scratching Noise in Walls or Ceiling

  • Rustling Noise Under Your Home or Deck

  • Unusual Noises at Night or at Dusk

  • Overturned Garbage Cans/ Trash Scattered Around

  • Gnawing Marks

How Do You Treat A Wild Animal Infestation?

Since wild animals are most active at night, it isn't easy to control them. However, preventative measures, like keeping garbage containers sealed and repairing holes or cracks in your home, can keep out these creatures. If you have an infestation, we can humanely trap and remove these pests. Ohio Pest Control's wild animal services include removing dead or decaying animals, animal waste clean-up and disposal, and exclusions to prevent animals from entering your home. 

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