Spring Prevention Services are now being scheduled for April & May!

Enjoy a pest free Spring and help prevent insect problems in Spring and into Summer by scheduling with us today!

You can contact us at our office (440) 899-2224 or through our website here for any questions you may have about our services.


Cuyahoga 440-899-2224
Lorain 440-930-5055

Our Services

Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Reports (WDI)

Hoban Services, Inc. is a licensed category 12 Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Company. The WDI Inspection covers termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and powder post beetles. Hoban Services Inc. offers experienced, professional, and licensed inspectors at a competitive rate. Form NPMA-33 is approved for all FHA, VA, and traditional mortgage loans. We offer all clients same day service on inspections, as well as Real Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers, and Title Companies receiving same day fax report.

Individuals purchasing or selling a home will be provided with a written report at the site or the report can be hand delivered to your escrow company. Your inspector can point out other pest problems that may exist, and can advise on pest prevention.

Yellow Jackets, Bees, Wasps, Hornets

Yellow Jackets
Yellow jackets are the most commonly encountered stinging insect in Northeast Ohio. They are yellow and black wasps who create paper nests under eaves, under ground, in walls voids, in attics, and any other natural or man made protective area.

They are best known for being aggressive and having a painful, irritating sting.
Prevention: We offer a bee and wasp prevention service where all eaves, overhangs, and siding are treated with a residual which will kill not only active nest sites, but prevent future nests from occurring for the life of the treatment.
If a nest site is encountered on or around your home it is always best to contact a professional to treat and remove the nest site

Bald Faced Hornets
Bald-faced hornets are in the yellow jacket family, differing in size and color. These black and white wasps build aerial nests only. These aerial nests are visible paper nests housing hundreds of hornets and are usually located under eaves, on trees, or man made protective areas. They are just as aggressive as yellow jackets when defensive and just as common to all of northeast Ohio.
It is very important to consider professional help when dealing with bald-faced hornets.

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are large hairy bees with a shiny, black abdomen. They are best identifiable for nesting in dead wood. When nesting they create a 1/2’’ hole usually on the underside of the wood. From this point they chew through the wood making large galleries where they will lay their eggs. Usually the male carpenter bee will be hovering around the nest site when it is approached in a defensive or mating pattern.

Although carpenter bees are intimidating in size, they are completely non aggressive and lack the ability to sting. It is their wood destroying ability, however, which makes them a real threat. Not only will they destroy the integrity of a structure, but because they are the prey of woodpeckers, often the surfaces of homes are ruined as woodpeckers search through the wood for food.
When treating for carpenter bees we spot treat and flush each individual carpenter bee holes since each entry hole may hold numerous bees. We also treat as all possible nesting surfaces with a residual insecticide to ensure proper prevention and elimination of active carpenter bees.

Occasional Invaders

When treating for spider control and prevention all exterior surfaces of the home are treated with a clear, odorless residual. This effectively works as a clean-out of living spiders and a deterrent from future infestations. Then we treat on the interior beginning in the basement. If accessible, the rafters of the basement are treated as well as around window wells and the perimeter. We then clean out any egg sacs and webbing found on the interior, which quickly helps deter future populations. Depending on the individual situation we will then treat the ground and upper floors by applying a safe residual insecticide between cracks and crevices and around the perimeter and window wells.

Centipedes are long wormlike insects with many legs. They are usually brownish in color and found around damp areas of basements and landscapes. They are predatory insects, using their antennae to hunt other insects, then stinging and devouring them. While their sting is poisonous, species found in Northeast Ohio do not have the ability to break human skin. They are one of the only insects that have the ability to live entire life spans within a home.

When treating for centipedes, a full exterior perimeter treatment of the home is necessary as well as treating the basement in all accessible areas and the ground floor.


Stinkbugs are about an inch long with a variety of browns and grey coloring. They are typically described as having a shield on their back and stripes on their limbs and antennae.  Stink bugs get their name from the smell they produce when crushed.

Stinkbugs have become a more common pest control problem in the past few years. Stink bugs are found emerging from structures over the course of the fall, winter, and into the spring. Stinkbugs will seek shelter during the sunny days of late fall to overwinter. While they do not reproduce inside structures or cause any structural damage, stinkbugs are quite a nuisance because of their numbers and appearance.

Over the winter, stink bugs will emerge inside of structures because of the warmth inside of homes. They usually are found around windows and doorways or light fixtures. 

Treatments for stink bug prevention can be done in the fall to prevent them from overwintering inside of homes. We also offer and recommendation quarterly maintenance treatments to full protect structures from stink bugs.


Pavement Ants
Pavement Ants are tiny black or brown ants often found trailing around kitchens, bathrooms, basements, garages, sidewalks, mulch beds, and driveways. They are one of the two most commonly encountered ants in Northeast Ohio since their activity is heavy throughout the entire year.

Pavement Ants can make their nests either outside, beneath, or even occasionally inside your home. However, because of their tiny size and ability to move comfortably through the smallest of cracks, they may forage into your home looking for any kind of food or moisture source.

While most people consider sugary substances to be what attracts these ants, the truth is these ants will feed off anything from grease to other insects. Once a food source is found, workers of the colony are redirected and hundreds of ants can begin feeding and carrying food back to the nest site. Once a food source has been depleted, the ants will begin again searching throughout the home for their next target.
Because of how persistent pavement ants can be, it is important when treating to use safe residuals and deterrents to counter their activity. Another option is to use baiting with the ants. In this form of treatment a non-staining, gel bait is placed in areas where Pavement Ants are heavily active. The ants will then feed off the bait and return it to the nest site where it will devastate the entire colony.

When treating for pavement ants, we always begin with a thorough inspection of the home. Often, when a trail is present we are able to track the ants to their point of entry, then find the colony and treat it directly giving instant relief to the home. We then do a full perimeter treatment to the inside and exterior of your home to prevent any additional colonies from foraging or nesting.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are large black ants about ¼’’ to ½’’ often encountered around the exterior of the home as well as foraging within the home. Sometimes in the spring they are found “swarming” around light sources or windows within a home. These “swarmers” are commonly mistaken for termites because of their size and winged appearance, but are emerging reproductive ants attempting to start new colonies.

Carpenter ants are one of the most destructive insects in Ohio because of their ability to chew through and excavate wood in order to create nest sites. These sites are commonly found in exterior walls, trees, or where moisture build-up has allowed for their preferred environment. Once a colony has established itself the ants will begin chewing through the wood causing structural and sometimes superficial damage.

Carpenter ant treatments begin with a thorough inspection of the home and surrounding property. The purpose of the inspection is to locate the central and satellite colonies from where the carpenter ants are originating. Once these colonies are located they are spot treated giving immediate relief to the home. Then a full exterior and interior treatment is performed with safe and odorless residual insecticides to prevent future entry and nesting.

We offer prevention services for homes which have a chronic problem with carpenter ants. This service ensures that all colonies remain eliminated as well as preventing new colonies from beginning in or around your home.


Mice services includes two visits to your home. On the initial service we perform a full inspection of the home including the garage, basement, attics, and exterior. The point of this inspection is to determine where mice activity is present and create a personalized treatment strategy for the home. Once we have determined where the mice are active we put placements down. The type of placement depends on the amount of mouse activity you have in the home as well as where the mice are active.

We then perform a follow-up mice service about a week later; monitoring bait and/or mouse traps we left in active areas as well as sealing areas where points of entry are determined. At the customer’s request we can leave bait placements in the attic, basement, or garage of a home to deter future entry of mice in the structure.

Rats are most commonly solitary invaders who make homes in the basements and sometimes ground floors of your home. Often time they enter from sewers or crawlspaces gradually working their way further and further into the home in search of food sources.

Rat treatments include two services. The first is an inspection and setting of traps where activity is most commonly encountered. Then we follow-up 1-3 days later to remove the traps, rat(s), and sealing necessary entry points into the home.

Bed Bugs

Bed bug are very small redish-brownish insects that feed off of blood. Bed bugs congregate in and around beds to be near human hosts. They generally emerge overnight while you sleep to feed, then return to their harborage areas.

We offer full inspections for bed bugs as well as bed bug treatments.

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