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General Residential Pest Control

A little girl running in the grass toward the camera with her house and family in the background

Pro Zone Pest Control offers comprehensive pest control plans to control the most common household pests in Dayton, Springfield, Northern Cincinnati, and all of the Miami Valley. As is the case for all of our quality pest management services, our focus is on earth-friendly, environmentally-responsible pest control that maximizes effectiveness while minimizing the use of pesticides.

Our residential pest control solutions also are heavily weighted toward exterior treatments, but also include treatment of the inside of your home on request if it should become necessary. Most pests originate from outside, however; so in most cases, interior treatments really aren't necessary if the exterior treatments have been properly timed.

We also offer completely "organic" control of some pests. This approach relies on products that are naturally-derived and are consider "minimal-risk" by the EPA, as well as non-chemical control measures such as trapping, sealing, and exclusion. Organic pest control does have its limitations, and not all pests can be controlled in this way. But for those that can, we offer it as the most earth-friendly option available.

Common Residential Pests

Pro Zone Pest Control is a full-service pest control company that can help you with all of your pest problems. The pests listed here are just some of the more common ones in the Dayton and Springfield areas.

Ant Control

Close-up of two pavement ants

Ants are common household pests in Ohio and in most of the United States. Pavement ants (shown here) are among the most common. Depending on who you ask, they get their name either because they're commonly found on pavement, or because of the longitudinal lines on their heads (which supposedly look like pavement markings, although we have our doubts). They're omnivorous feeders who prefer living outside. When they come inside, it's usually for food.

Some other common small ants in our area include odorous house ants, who get their name because they smell like rotten coconuts when you crush them; and Pharaoh ants, which are very tiny ants that form huge colonies that can travel invisibly throughout a home.

Carpenter ants deserve special mention here because they're capable of doing damage to wood. They don't actually eat it, but they excavate galleries in it to lay their eggs and raise their young. Carpenter ants are big, usually black ants that require special treatment techniques. If you see them in or around your home, you should give us a call. Do-it-yourself carpenter ant control usually doesn't work; and because carpenter ants can damage the wood in your come, they're more than just an annoyance.

Cockroach Control

Close-up of a dead German cockroach

Years ago, this section would have been at the top of the page. That was back when cockroaches, like the German cockroach shown here, were the number one pest handled by exterminators in Dayton and pretty much everywhere else. Better cockroach control techniques have made cockroaches less of a problem than they use to be, but they're still important pests.

Cockroaches are particularly despised because of their public health significance. Roaches vector a great many viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases. Their shed skins and droppings can also trigger asthma attacks and are potent allergens, some of which can become airborne. Others can make people ill when they're transferred on utensils or food prep surfaces that the roaches have walked on. There are very few pests that are bigger public health menaces than cockroaches.

German cockroaches are the most common cockroach pests in our area. They're the small, reddish-brown roaches that are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms of homes and apartments. Other cockroaches that we commonly encounter include brown-banded cockroaches, which are often found in bedrooms, closets, and other dryer areas of home; American cockroaches, which are quite large and are often found in basements, utility areas, and in voids under bathtubs; and Oriental cockroaches, which live outdoors during the warmer months but may get into basements, crawl spaces, and garages during the winter.

Flea Control

Close-up of a flea

Fleas are tiny, laterally flattened (they are taller than they are wide), parasitic insects that feed on blood. They have powerful legs that enable them to jump quite high considering their tiny size. They use this ability to hop onto passing hosts like dogs, cats, or even people if they get hungry enough.

Fleas are more than just a nuisance. They're one of history's most notorious disease vectors and have been involved in the deaths of many millions of people. Fleas are known to transmit several serious diseases including bubonic plague, flea-borne (murine) typhus, and tapeworms. Almost all cases of human tapeworms in the United States result from accidentally ingesting fleas from a family pet.

There are many species of fleas, most of which are named after their preferred hosts. The most common fleas in the Dayton area are the cat flea and the dog flea. We also encounter the human flea from time to time.

In a practical sense, however, the exact species of flea doesn't matter very much. Their host preferences are weak, and fleas readily feed on other animals when their favorite hosts aren't available. The control methods are also identical; so for all practical purposes, it's not important what exact species of fleas you have. They all die pretty much the same.

Spider Control

Close-up of a barn funnel-weaving spider

There are many species of spiders in The Miami Valley and throughout Ohio. Most of them are harmless and even beneficial, such as the barn funnel weaver pictured here. Spiders consume many insects such as flies and mosquitoes that carry diseases and cause a nuisance or health risk to humans.

By definition, spiders are not insects. They are members of Class Arachnida and order Araneae. Like all arachnids, adult spiders have eight legs (unlike insects, who have six). Spiders also have two body segments instead of three. A spider's head (which lacks antennae) and its thorax are fused into one section called the cephalothorax, which is connected to the abdomen. by a structure called the pedicel.

Spiders don't have true jaws, but they do have mouthparts called chelicerae with fangs at the ends through which they can inject venom to paralyze prey or defend themselves against attackers. Another interesting thing about spiders is that they have no extensor muscles in their legs. They extend their legs using hydraulic pressure generated in the cephalothorax. (That's why spiders' legs curl up when they die.)

Most spiders are able to bite, and individuals who are sensitive to spider bites can develop serious rashes. But only one spider commonly found in Ohio has the potential to cause serious illness (or rarely, death), and that is the black widow spider. If you see one of these spiders, leave it alone and call us. You really don't want to mess with them.

Another dangerous spider that's not native to Ohio, but which occasionally hitch-hikes into town, is the brown recluse spider. These spiders' bites can cause necrosis at the puncture site, which is a clinical way of saying the the skin dies and rots away. In some cases the necrosis can spread well beyond the bite site; and rarely, a brown recluse spider bite can cause death. You don't want to mess with these guys, either. If you see one, call us instead.

Other Pests

Pro Zone Pest Control is a full-service pest control company, and we can handle pretty much any pest problem. Some other important pests in our area include bed bugs, which are important enough that they have their own page; cluster flies; drain flies; sow bugs and pill bugs; centipedes, millipedes, earwigs, and crickets. We treat for all of these pests and many others, so please feel free to contact us for any household pest problems you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.