New Pests In Cincinnati for 2024

Curious about what pests to watch out for this year? We’ve got you covered! We believe everyone should know the new and common pests in Cincinnati, whether you’re a renter or homeowner.
In this post, we’re talking about the pests to watch out for in 2024. Keep reading to learn more!

New Pests in Cincinnati

There are a few new pests that have come to Cincinnati, and these pests are a problem. Why?

These new pests are an invasive species—meaning they aren’t native to the area and they cause environmental and economic harm. New pests often outcompete native species and disrupt the ecosystem. They can also destroy property (like an orchard’s fruit trees), threatening the livelihood of those who work in agriculture. (You can read more about why invasive pests are a problem in a previous blog post.)

Here are the new pests to watch out for!

Spotted lanterflies

Spotted lanternflies are approximately an inch long, with gray-brown forewings that have dark spots, bright red hingwings that have black and white spots, and a yellow and black striped abdomen. This colorful insect is unfortunately responsible for destroying many fruit trees, ornamental trees, and crops like hops and grape vines.

Asian long-horned beetle

The Asian long-horned beetle (ALB) is a black beetle with white spots, including on its two antennae. This beetle bores holes through wood about the width of a pencil, eventually killing it. If this beetle establishes itself in the area, it threatens our forests.

Gypsy moths

Gypsy moths differ in appearance depending on their sex and state in the life cycle. Caterpillars are black with orange-ish hairs and red spots. At the adult stage, male gypsy moths are brown with dark markings, while females are white with black marketings. This pest, like the Asian long-horned beetle, is destructive to trees. Caterpillars eat the leaves of the host tree.

Emerald ash borers

The emerald ash borer is an invasive pest threatening ash trees (as their name suggests). This beetle is an almost iridescent jewel-tone green.

To help combat the rise of new invasive pests and avoid destruction in your backyard, we recommend checking for invasive pests before you move plants, building materials, cardboard boxes, and other items in and out of your yard. Also never move firewood from one region to another. If you’re going camping this spring or summer, buy your firewood near the campsite.

Common Pests in Cincinnati

In addition to the newer pests invading the area, there are many pests that are already established or native to Cincinnati. You’ll want to watch out for a variety of pests, including:

We’ve written extensively about these common pests: you can learn what these pests are, how to spot them, the signs that you have a pest problem, and how to get rid of them—all on our blog.

Need Help with Pests?

If you’re having problems with any of the pests we’ve mentioned, we can help.

Here at ScherZinger Pest Control, we’ve been helping members of our community for decades. We know what pests are common in Cincinnati—and how to get rid of them. Call us today to learn how we can help you!

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