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Common Pests Found in Cincinnati

Written by Aptive Environmental April 12, 2021

Updated April 23, 2024

You’ve decided it’s time that you knew which pests you need to deal with in your Cincinnati home. After all, if you don’t know what pests you might find in your home, how are you supposed to know how to prevent or get rid of them?

While this isn’t a complete guide to every pest in Cincinnati, it does cover the most common pests that will cause you problems. More important than knowing the pests themselves, though, is finding the right Cincinnati pest control option for you. We’ll take a look at the pests and how to find the right pest control so you can prevent almost any pest infestation.

Common Pests in Cincinnati


There are literally thousands of ant species in the world, so it isn’t surprising to find that they show up on nearly every list of common pests. They are almost everywhere. The best thing you can do is make sure one of the places they don’t live is your home.

In Cincinnati, you’re most likely to run into pavement ants or odorous ants. Both are quite small and aren’t dangerous, but they can build up quickly. Before you know it, you could have a whole colony of them in your home, eating your food, and getting in the way. If they show up in your home, try to get rid of them by placing traps around your home or call Cincinnati pest control to treat your home with ant killer. You can also prevent ants by sealing up cracks in your home. If they can’t find an easy way in, they’ll probably stay outside. 


Termites are a particularly dreaded pest because they cause so much damage to homes and are not easy to get rid of. Termites can live in any dead wood, including furniture and the structural beams of your home.

If you find signs of termites in your home, do not hesitate to call Cincinnati pest control. These are not pests to be taken lightly. They can literally destroy your home, and the store-bought pesticides are not capable of getting rid of the problem. In fact, trying to tackle the problem yourself may just cause the termites to spread. So get professional help instead. (Aptive does not treat termites)


Spiders are another universal pest, and there are also thousands of species of them in the world. Anywhere you live, you’ll likely have dozens of varieties of spiders that you could come across. However, in the United States, most of these are not particularly dangerous. 

There are two species, however, that you need to keep a particular eye out for because they are dangerous to you and your family. These two species are black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. 

Most spiders you can simply kill or catch and release without a problem. However, if you have a black widow or a brown recluse, it’s best to exercise caution. If you can kill it without coming into contact with it, you may do so. But even if you kill the spider, it’s a good idea to have professionals come into your home to assess if there are more of them around. If there are more of these venomous spiders around your home, the professionals will know how to get rid of them.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are becoming increasingly common. In fact, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to deal with bed bugs at least once in your life. Though bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans, they do leave lots of itchy and painful bites on people’s skin when they suck their blood. 

Again, these are not pests that you should try to deal with on your own. They can survive for a long time without food, so they won’t just die off if you avoid them. And they’ll move throughout your house to look for food if it isn’t readily available. 

Unfortunately, bed bugs are resistant to pesticides, so different treatments are required to get rid of them. Professionals are best equipped to perform these treatments, so it’s best to get help when bed bugs decide they like your home. 


Cockroaches are not as universal as some of these pests, but they are pretty universally hated. It’s no wonder why. They’re large, hard to kill, and thrive when they live around humans. But humans don’t do so well around cockroaches – and not just because they’re annoying pests.

Cockroaches can actually cause health problems for humans. They can lead to or aggravate respiratory problems in a lot of people. Not to mention they can also contaminate food in your home and leave brown marks all over the walls. Overall, cockroaches don’t make good house guests.

If you only have an occasional cockroach in your home, you can kill it by smashing it – hard – or by using a pesticide. However, the best way to prevent them is by calling Cincinnati pest control to set up a barrier of pesticide around your home to keep the cockroaches out. 

Get Rid of Common Pests with Cincinnati Pest Control

When pest problems come along, it’s important to know who to call. And rather than wait for the pests to show up before calling the pros, it’s better to have Cincinnati pest control set up preventative treatments around your home. And then, if a problem does arise, you already have a company to reach out to for help. 

Pick your pest control company carefully. Make sure to compare prices, read reviews, and ask others for their recommendations. You should also get a quote from a company before letting them treat your home. It’s a good way to hold a company responsible and to know exactly what they’re going to do to your home before it’s done. 

Everyone has different needs when it comes to pest control, so only you can know which company is right for you. But the last thing you want to do is wait until a pest problem is already on your hands. Prepare now by looking for a great pest control company near you.

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