General Residential Pest Control

Picture of a suburban house

Dayton Bed Bug Control doesn't only provide service for bed bugs. We're a family-owned, full-service pest control company that can handle all of your single- and multi-unit residential pest control needs. In fact, our family began providing general pest control in Dayton decades ago -- long before the Bed Bug Renaissance.

We provide our residential pest control customers with the same high-quality service that characterizes all of our work. We emphasize integrity, quality, attention to detail, and the kind of old-fashioned, personalized customer service that only a local, family-owned business can provide.

When you entrust us with your pest control needs, you do so with the comfort of knowing that the owner is just a phone call away. We live here. We're your friends and neighbors. And we're here to stay.

Residential Pest Control Plans

As a locally-owned family business, we're free to design pest control plans to suit each customer's needs. In the Metro Dayton area and its suburbs, the most popular pest management plans are seasonal plans, which are well-suited for general residential pest protection; and monthly plans, which are more appropriate as the initial approach to accounts where cockroaches or rodents have been a problem.

We also provide one-time treatments to control pest problems that don't typically require regular follow-up, organic pest control programs for those who prefer a more earth-friendly approach to pest management, and exterior-only services for those who don't need or want the inside of their homes treated.

Pest Information

Some of the pests we control include:

Close-up of a German cockroach

Cockroaches. If there were ever an election to decide the most hated animal on the face of the earth, the cockroach would almost certainly be in the top ten. Pretty much everyone hates cockroaches -- and for good reasons!

Found on every continent in the world, cockroaches carry many serious diseases including Salmonella, E. Coli, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus. Cockroaches can also cause asthmatic reactions in sensitive individuals. And let's face it: Cockroaches are just plain nasty.

Cockroaches are also notoriously difficult to eradicate. Their adaptability, rapid reproductive rate, secretive habits, and uncanny ability to become resistant to insecticides makes cockroach control a challenging job even for professionals. But no worries: We've been in this business for a long time, and we stand behind our work.

 

Close-up of an ant

Ants. There are many species of ants in Ohio, but only a few of them are common household pests. These include the little black ant, odorous house ant, Pharaoh ant, crazy ant, pavement ant, and several other small ant species. We provide interior and exterior control, as needed, of all common small ants.

Treatment of ants varies with the type of ant. Some ants primarily can usually be treated completely from outdoors because that's where they live, and they're only coming inside for food (if at all). But other ants, like Pharaoh ants, usually nest inside homes and require interior treatment. Once we identify "your" ants, we can give you a customized treatment plan.

It's important that you not try to treat the ants yourself, especially using any kind of spray. With some any species, using a spray can actually make things worse by "fracturing" a colony into multiple colonies. The repellency of most DIY ant sprays may also make it impossible to treat with more effective non-repellent products until the repellency wears off.

We also provide control of carpenter ants, which are unique enough to have their own page, which can be found here.

 

Close-up of a cat flea

Fleas and Ticks. Fleas and ticks are common (and challenging) pest control problems in the Dayton area, especially for pet owners.

Aside from just being annoying, fleas and ticks inflict bites that can cause painful rashes. In addition, all fleas and some tick species can be involved in the transmission of serious diseases. Fleas are obligatory vectors for the tapeworm parasite and the plague bacterium, for example, and ticks are involved in the transmission of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, and other diseases.

Most flea and tick species have preferred hosts that they like to feed on, but most will readily feed on other species -- including humans -- if their favorite animal isn't around. A lot of people who have unexplained rashes and don't own pets are surprised when they find out that they actually are getting bitten by fleas. But yes, it does happen. You don't need to have a dog or cat to have dog or cat fleas.

 

Close-up of a house mouse

Rats and Mice. There are many species of rats and mice, but the three that most commonly infest homes in Ohio are the Norway rat, the roof rat, and the house mouse (shown on the right). Together, these three animals are known as "commensal rodents," meaning that they "eat at the same table" as we do (that is, they tend to live in close proximity to humans).

Because of their close association with humans, all three species are also vectors of serious diseases. In fact, rats were the reservoirs for the bubonic plague epidemic that wiped out millions of people throughout history. The realization that rodents were involved in plague transmission is what prompted the birth of the pest control industry: The first pest control operators were called "rat-catchers" and were highly-respected public health professionals. (Fleas carried the plague bacterium from the rats to humans, but that wasn't yet understood.)

In the tradition of history's great rat-catchers, we provide control of all three commensal rodent species, as well as other species of mice, like field mice and deer mice, that occasionally get into homes, cabins, and cottages in wooded areas.

 

Close-up of a Black Widow Spider

Spiders. Most spiders in Ohio are beneficial because they eat mosquitoes and other insects, so generally they should be left alone if they're outside and not creating a nuisance. They do a lot more good than harm.

When spiders get inside the house, however, they can become a problem because some of them can inflict painful bites. Most of the time these bites are harmless (other than hurting) and will heal on their own. There are three species of spiders, however, that can cause serious illness -- and sometimes death -- if they bite humans or domestic animals: the black widow spider (shown on the right), the brown recluse spider, and the Mediterranean recluse spider. These three spider species are dangerous and are best controlled by professionals.

We can provide treatments for spiders that get inside your home, but a better strategy is a routine exterior pest control service that helps prevent them from getting inside in the first place.

 

Bald faced hornet, one of the most aggressive wasps in Ohio

Stinging Insects. The most common stinging insects encountered in the Dayton, Ohio area are hornets (shown at the right), yellow jackets, honey bees, and various paper wasps. These insects vary in their biology, habits, and degrees of aggressiveness from relatively passive (like most paper wasps) to fiercely aggressive (like hornets).

Because some stinging insects can be very aggressive, it's recommended that treatment of these insects be left to pest control professionals. Hornets, yellow jackets, and honey bees, in particular will attack quite readily if they feel threatened, and may attack in swarms of hundreds or thousands of individuals. Their stings can be deadly to people who are allergic, and extremely painful to those who are not.

Another insect often classified under "stinging insects" is the carpenter bee, which is probably unfair because female carpenter bees rarely sting, and males don't even have stingers. They're disliked mainly because of their habit of drilling holes in wooden structures in which to lay their eggs.

 

Close-up of a Centipede, facing the camera

Occasional Invaders, or "perimeter pests," are catch-all terms that exterminators use for the miscellaneous "outside" insects and arthropods that occasionally get into homes and make nuisances of themselves. Some of the more common ones include centipedes (shown on the right), millipedes, earwigs, crickets, sowbugs, pillbugs (sometimes called "roly-poly bugs"), and silverfish.

These insects and arthropods have similar enough habits that generally, a seasonal pest control plan can provide protection against all of them, usually with only the outside of the house needing to be treated.

Non-chemical methods such as proper landscaping, correcting moisture problems, avoiding organic mulches, caulking, and sealing can dramatically reduce the need for chemical control.

 

There are a lot of bugs and only so much space on this page, so we can't list them all. Long story short: We can help you with any residential pest control need, so even if your pest problem isn't listed, please contact us for a prompt, professional consultation.