Category Archives: Pest Control

Cincinnati Pest Tips: Is Your House at Risk For an Ant Infestation?

Dealing with any type of a pest infestation is unpleasant, but an ant problem seems to be one of the
most annoying. When you spot a few ants in your home, you know that there are likely hundreds more where they came from. There are many things that will determine if your home is likely to be faced with an ant infestation. Take a look below at the five tips to define if your house is at risk for an ant

Is There Easy Access To Your Home?

Your home may be open to an ant invasion and you may not even realize it. Ants are so tiny in size, and therefore can make their way inside through the smallest of cracks. If you have seen more ants than normal making their way inside your home, take a look around to see where they may be gaining access. Check window and door seals to ensure that they are snug, and if they are not, use a caulking seal to close up the gaps. If you don’t have screens on your windows, consider installing them immediately. If you happen to see a line of ants, trace them back to their entry point. This may be the only way to ensure that you are able to take care of the issue, since the space they are coming through may be quite miniscule.

Do You Have A Constant Mess?

If you aren’t the best at keeping your home spic and span, this could be the reason for your ant infestation. While we all know how difficult it can be to keep your home clean at all times, it’s essential to keep your kitchen area cleaned up. Crumbs left on the floor and spills left to dry on the counter are like a beacon to ant invaders. They are constantly looking for food sources, and your leftovers are the perfect meal in their eyes. After cooking or preparing a snack, wipe down counters and sweep up anything that has fallen to the floor. Take care to rinse dishes and put them away immediately, and never leave food out on the counters to sit.

Is There Easy Access To Food?

While on this same train of thought, consider how you are storing your food. If you leave fruits or
veggies out on the counter or dry goods in opened bags in the pantry &/or anywhere else, you may be asking for an ant army to make their way inside. It’s important to store your food in airtight containers that ants and other bugs can’t get into. Glass, hard plastic, or metal containers are the best way to ensure that bugs stay out of your food source.

Do You Have Excess Vegetation?

If you know the inside of your home is as ant-proof as possible, yet you still seem to have an issue, you may want to take a look outside. If you have shrubs, vegetation, or overhanging trees that are right against your home, there is a good chance this is where your problem is originating. If you suspect that this is your setback, cut back anything that is touching your home so that it is a safe distance from the walls, and keep an eye on the growth in the future.

Do You Skimp On Pest Control?

If you don’t typically have an issue with insects or rodents in your house, it’s easy to think that you have no need for pest control. However, by skipping out on pest control services altogether you are leaving your home unprotected. Speak with a pest control expert in your Cincinnati area to determine how often you should have routine service at your home. Some areas may call for quarterly service, while others may only need a twice-yearly checkup. A trained pest control technician will be able to take a look around your home and consider the area that you live in to determine what the best solution is for you.

By taking a good look at your home, you will likely be able to determine if you are at a high risk for an ant invasion. By taking precautions early, you will be able to avoid the headache that comes along with an infestation. Luckily, these same defenses do well to ward off a number of other insects, so by taking these measures your home will be protected against more than just ants.

Cockroaches in your Cincinnati home?

If you have roaches in your Cincinnati home, you know how difficult it can be to get rid of them. Not only are they disgusting and pesky creatures, but they seem to be invincible. If you’re desperate for relief from your roach infestation, take a look below for some tips and tricks on how to get rid of
them once and for all.

Keep It Clean

Food, water, and shelter are the major reason roaches like to come inside and make themselves at home. If you make these things easily accessible, chances are you will have a few roach visitors before too long. Keeping your home as clean as possible is the best defense against a roach invasion.

Cleanliness in your kitchen is especially important. Sweep and mop your floor on a regular basis, and be sure to get under baseboards, the stove and oven, and the refrigerator. Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately. Never leave dishes in the sink for long, especially overnight. Roaches love to come out and roam after everyone has gone to sleep, so a sink full of dirty dishes is like a
roach party waiting to happen.

Don’t leave food out on the counters – in fact, food storage is a big deal when it comes to roach prevention. Store food in airtight containers made of glass, plastic, or metal. Make sure you are checking all the nooks and crannies in your kitchen for crumbs that have been left behind. Any food source is fair game.

Vacuum in all other rooms on a regular basis, especially in areas where you eat. Crumbs that gather in the carpet are yet another food source for a roach. Wipe down crumbs or spills in these areas immediately as well.

Take Out The Trash

Your trash may be disgusting to you, but it’s one of a roaches favorite spots. If your trash doesn’t have a lid, this is an easy-access buffet for a roach. Invest in a trashcan with a lid, and empty your trash regularly. If you throw away food or liquids, take it out as quickly as possible. It’s also a
good idea to wipe your trashcans down on a regular basis. The food and gunk that builds up on and underneath these bins is just the kind of thing that roaches like to find.

Clear The Clutter

Piles of books, newspapers, magazines, and other items provide great hiding spots for roaches to hang out. Roaches aren’t picky about their meals, either. Paper, cardboard, and other non-food items are quite appetizing to a hungry roach. Keep clutter to a minimum, and never allow things to pile up on the floor. Rifle through stacks of books and magazines on a regular basis to make sure no one is hiding out inside. You might be surprised what you find.

Find Their Entry Point

Take a good look around your home for any cracks or gaps from the outside in. While roaches are great at finding miniscule spots to enter, a large gap that is visible to the naked eye is like an open invitation. Check around windows, doors, and any other entry points, and install weather stripping if
you can see sunlight. Also, make sure you have good screens that are free of holes or tears. Seal up any other cracks that you find with caulking, or call in a repairman if it’s a big enough hole that it requires a professional fix.

Bait Them

If you don’t feel like you have a full-blown infestation at this point and have only seen a few stragglers, you can attempt to take a do-it-yourself approach. However, it’s important to note that where you see one roach, there are likely many, many others. If you’re determined, though, invest in some roach bait. Roaches will eat the poisonous bait and take it back to share with their friends. Eventually, this should kill the majority of them off.

Place the bait where you know they will encounter it: areas where you have seen activity, or in the kitchen where they will likely be hunting for food. It’s important to note that this isn’t the quickest method, and it may take several weeks to kill them off. Also, always use care when using DIY pest
control methods. Keep children and pets away from the bait, and use care to keep it away from your food sources.

Call The Experts

If your methods have been unsuccessful, or you simply want to get the job done as quickly as possible, call in a pest control expert to help you out. These professionals likely have years of experience and will know exactly how to treat the issue to get your home roach-free as quickly and efficiently as possible. Roaches are notoriously difficult to exterminate, so using a professional technician is often not only your best bet, but the only one that will get the job done for good.

Roaches are most certainly an unpleasant intrusion in your home, but they are unfortunately one that most of us will encounter at some point in our lives. If you are prepared and knowledgeable,
getting rid of roaches in your home doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Follow the above tips and your home should be free of roach visitors before you know it.

Sure Thing Pest Control Earns 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Cincinnati, Ohio, January 06, 2019– Sure Thing Pest Control is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018.

14x Super Service Award Winner

“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best  in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

“ We’re honored to have received the Super Service Award for 2018, this is recognition we take to heart. We are grateful for our current and past clients that have taken the time to write and review us on Angie’s List because without them and the great team we have we wouldn’t have been able to receive this honor. We’re looking forward to 2019 and the opportunity to provide superior service to our clients!”

~ Glenn Scherzinger

Sure Thing Pest Control has been listed on Angie’s List since 2004. This is the 14th year Sure Thing Pest Control has received this honor.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.


Sure Thing Pest Control is a locally operated company that steers clear of “one-size-fits-all” programs. We evaluate your insect problem, provide a thorough inspection and implement a program suited to your individual needs. We always provide services that make the absolute best results and incorporate integrated pest management into each of our programs. 12 employees. Cost determined by the job. No travel charges.

Glenn Scherzinger

7 Reasons You Need Pest Control in Winter

Pest Control in the Winter?

With the winter- time cold temperatures that bring snow and ice to the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky area pest control may be the last thing on your mind. But don’t be fooled by thinking all the pests have frozen and died! You might think winter is a time when nature takes a rest, but things are not always as they seem. In the world of pest control, there is still a lot of work to do. Pests such as Black Widows and other spiders, ants, cockroaches, termites, bedbugs, fleas, rats, mice and the like, may slow down a bit, but they don’t go away. In fact, they continue feeding, growing and multiplying, often in the warmth and comfort of our homes.

Warmer days also get pest moving again, when outside temperatures are on a warming trend, outdoor pests, such as Carpenter Ants, House Ants, Wasps, bees, and occasional invaders like millipedes, and stink bugs, continue their activities. It is a wise practice to maintain your protective barrier guarantee on a quarterly basis. Cutting your pest control service during the winter season as a cost-saving measure gives pests a head start for the spring, and may void warranted services.

7 reasons to continue your pest control service through the winter

  1. Autumn invading pests living inside the walls are not affected by the cold temperatures outdoors.
  2. Termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, silverfish, and many other insects can thrive indoors as the weather is always pleasant inside!
  3. Attics provide shelter to other insects such as wasps and spiders, as they try to escape the cold.
  4. Rodents can find their way into your home if all entry points are not sealed off.
  5. When we perform a meticulous inspection of your home, inside and out, we ensure that no pest related issues are present and identify any conditions that might increase the risk of future pest problems.
  6. Inspecting and/or treating entry points like doors, windows, and weep holes provide lasting protection and ready your home for the emergence of pests in spring.
  7. When we remove spider webs, egg cases, wasp nests, and mud dauber nests, we prevent them from reemerging when the weather warms.

Remember, invasive pests want to be indoors during the winter for the same reasons you do! It is important to perform a comprehensive winter pest control treatment to insure that your home is protected year-round.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable office staff at 513.247.0300.

Thank You for your continued patronage,
The friendly staff,
Sure Thing Pest Control