Why You Need Professional Ant Control

In recent news, a man in Maine burned his parents' house to the ground when he tried to eliminate an ant infestation on his own. According to the report, the 21-year-old man tried to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when he accidentally ignited the combustible material. Although no human lives were lost in the fire, three family pets died. At Capitol Pest, the last thing we want is for you to put your life or the lives of those in your household - furry friends included - at risk by trying to deal with a pest infestation on your own....
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How to Identify Different Types of Ticks

Ticks are a serious issue in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. In addition to being parasitic, ticks can spread diseases that can cause lifelong disabilities. Some of the diseases that are spread by ticks are Lyme disease, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis and others. In 2014 alone, 976 new cases of Lyme disease were diagnosed in Virginia, pointing to the need for tick identification and pest control services. Throughout the region, there are several types of ticks that are especially prevalent. Capitol Pest can help you to identify and eradicate ticks from your property and home in order to...
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How To Check Pets and Kids For Ticks

Despite their small size, ticks can cause big problems. As they feed on their victim’s blood, the parasites can transmit serious ailments, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can lead to a variety of health problems. As a result, it is important that you check your children and pets for ticks as soon as possible after spending time outdoors. How to Check Pets and Children for Ticks Take pets and children into the bathroom. Start at your pet’s head and face area. Run your fingers gently through their fur as you look for ticks and feel the animal’s...
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Preventing Ants From Joining Your Memorial Day BBQ

If you take pleasure in kicking off the sunny summer season with a Memorial Day barbecue, you're not alone. People all across the country take part in this annual tradition. Sadly, many of their events will have uninvited and unwelcome guests: ants. Fortunately, Capitol Pest can help you thwart these pests. Tips for Identifying Ants How can you tell if the insects invading your space are ants? Although there are more than 10,000 species of ants and their appearance can vary slightly depending on the exact species, ants aren't especially hard to recognize. These six-legged insects are normally black, brown, yellow...
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Check For Bed Bugs When You Travel

If you plan to travel soon, you are probably going to stay in a hotel, and you will want to be vigilant so that you don't pick up any unwelcome guests along the way. Although bedbugs were once under control, the parasites are back and looking for new hosts in major cities around the world. Because many people travel to hotels on a regular basis, hotel rooms are one of the most common places for bedbug infestations to start. Once you bring them home with you, getting rid of them can be a nightmare that seems as though it will never...
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