Common Household Pests

There are many pests native to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. First Choice can help you manage and control any number of them. Give us a call today!

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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants do not eat wood, but excavate it. They prefer to live in moisture-laden wood. An infestation of these ants are not only a nuisance but can cause damage to your home. Proper identification of the insect is a must to ensure proper control and prevent needless expenses.

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A large number of lady beetles (ladybugs) infesting homes and buildings in the US were first reported in the early 1990's. The are normally considered beneficial since they live outdoors and feed on plant pests. They are mostly a nuisance, as they fly indoors looking for food in cooler months and often become trapped and emit yellowish defense secretion as they die, which can leave stains. 



Silverfish infestations can be quite a nuisance as they can damage book bindings, wallpaper, paper goods and dry foods.  They may eat irregular shaped holes in wallpaper to get the paste and even bite very small holes in various fabrics including cotton, linen, and silk.  They may also leave a yellowish stain on your fabric.  They are often found in attics, basements, kitchens, sinks, bathtubs, bookcases, on closet shelves, behind baseboards, wallpaper, window or door frames, wall voids, adn sub-floor areas.    They like dark, moist environments and mostly come out at night.



While most spiders are harmless and can even be beneficial since they feed on other insects; they can be a nuesance when you find unsightly spider webs around your home, or wake up with a spider bite. There are only a few harmful spiders to humans in this area including the black widow and brown recluse.



Hornets are very aggressive and can grow up to 2.2 inches in size.  They are protective of their nest and can be aggravated easily, especially near their nest.  They send off signals when in danger, so if you are stung by one or kill one near its nest, you will most likely be attacked by many.


Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets, often mistaken for bees due to the similarities of the bee like color. Yellow Jackets are very aggressive and tend to pester young children, especially in summer months. For those with allergic reactions, their stings can be deadly. The treatment of bees versus yellow jackets are very different.


House Centipedes

House Centipedes usually live outdoors in damp areas; under leaves, stones, boards, tree bark, or in mulch around outdoor plantings. In homes, they prefer to live in damp portions of basements, closets, bathrooms, unexcavated areas under the house & beneath the bark of firewood stored indoors. They feed on small insects, insect larvae, & on spiders. Technically, they could bite, but it is considered harmless to people.



If you see one, there are probably many. These are pest you must act quick on to rid your home. Not only do the muliply in the millions and tend to get everywhere, but they carry many diseases and can be harmful to those with respirtory issues, as their feces becomes airborn.



Mice often come in looking for food or a warm place to rest, and sometimes don't leave and will reproduce. Not only will you be bothered by the their droppings and urine which can be found in your clean dishes, rags, and clothes, can be found eating your food left outside they can also eat through your clothes

Perimeter Pest Program

Most pest problems move from the exterior of your home to the interior. By treating the outside of your home, pests can be reduced or stopped before they enter your home. This should be performed several times during the warmer months of the year.

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By treating the outside of your home, Pests can be reduced or stopped before they enter your home.