Columbia, MD Pest Control

Professional Pest Solutions For Columbia, Maryland Properties

Pests are an unfortunate part of life in Columbia. Are you tired of finding insects crawling across your floors or hearing rodents in your walls or attic? Do you want to find an effective solution that can handle any pest infestation, no matter the size? If so, Capitol Pest is right for you. 

At Capitol Pest, we don’t just treat pest problems, we eliminate the source so that no pests get into your Columbia property in the future. Your home or business is protected year-round through the use of advanced methods of pest identification, elimination, and prevention. Trust the protection of your Columbia property to the pest technicians here at Capitol Pest. We have what it takes to ensure that your residential or commercial building remains pest-free throughout every season. Reach out to us today to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control programs. 

Home Pest Control In Columbia, MD

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There are many reasons why you don’t want to attract pests to your Columbia residential property. All kinds of pests are problematic to have living in and around your home. Not only are some pests capable of spreading serious diseases and causing serious health issues, but others can damage your property and endanger your family. To rid your home of pests that can threaten your safety and wellbeing, Capitol Pest provides outstanding residential pest control services that will keep your Columbia home free of pests year-round. We provide three levels of pest protection: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. No matter which pest control program you choose to go with, you can rest assured that all your pest problems will disappear.

For more information about what each of our pest control programs involves, contact the professionals here at Capitol Pest today. We’re ready to handle your pest control needs. Our residential pest control programs are just what you need to keep you and your family pest-free for the future. 

Commercial Pest Control In Columbia, MD

Pests threaten your ability to maintain a successful Columbia business. Rodents, bed bugs, cockroaches, and many other pests can ruin your reputation and drive away customers. Here at Capitol Pest, we understand how important it is to keep your Columbia commercial property 100% free of pests. In order to keep destructive and disease-spreading pests out of your commercial facility, you need year-round commercial pest control services.

Capitol Pest has provided high-quality pest control services for a variety of businesses since 1936. We make it our goal to put an end to the frustration that pest infestations cause. With the pest technicians here at Capitol Pest by your side, you can trust that you’ll always receive the most effective pest control treatments, solutions, and prevention services. Give us a call today to learn more about all of our commercial pest control options

Where Rodents Hide in Columbia, MD Homes

Just when you think the cold weather has driven all the pests away, you notice mouse droppings in your pantry. Although at first they may look like grains of dark brown rice, these tell-tale signs are not nearly as innocuous as they may seem. Mouse droppings can actually contaminate your food and spread diseases to you and your family members and if you are seeing these signs of mice in your home, you are probably dealing with an infestation.

In the fall and winter months, rodents are looking for a safe place to spend the winter. Since these mammals are commensal, they rely on humans to help them survive. When they find their way into our homes they will look for a safe and undisturbed place to build their nest. Believe it or not, mice will hide just about anywhere inside your home, including in:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Closets
  • Car trunks or under the hood
  • Inside walls
  • Storage boxes
  • Wood piles
  • Any other undisturbed areas

After their mouse nest has been built these furry creatures will begin to forage for food. They will look everywhere in your home for crumbs, including: in your cupboards, behind appliances, in the bags that pet food is stored in and in areas of high moisture. When mice forage they tend to follow the same trail; especially once it has proved fruitful in the search for food. When following the same track they tend to leave ‘smear’ marks along walls as the grease from their fur rubs off onto their beaten path. You may also find mice droppings in areas where mice have been feeding.

Have you started seeing the telltale signs of rodents around your Columbia home? Don’t go it alone: contact your friends at Capitol Pest for help. Our comprehensive rodent control programs are the perfect solution for mice, rats, and any other rodent problems you might have. Contact us today for more information.

Preventing Mosquitoes in Columbia, MD

Mosquitoes are an unfortunate part of life in Maryland. In the summer, the high heat and humidity Columbia provides makes it the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself covered in bites just stepping outside in the summer. 

All female mosquitoes need some amount of stagnant water in which to lay their eggs. As a result of recent rains, we can expect the eggs to hatch and mature into adult mosquitoes, capable of inflicting painful, itchy welts within 5-14 days.

Look high and low for potential sources of standing water around your yard. Water has the ability to collect in the hollowed out knots of trees, saucers beneath outdoor plants, bird baths, rain gauges, gutters, and downspouts. Reduce mosquito populations around your home by identifying and eliminating all standing sources of water. After it rains, take 5 minutes to walk your property, turning over toys and other areas that might soon become a suitable habitat for the female mosquito to lay her eggs.

No amount of mosquito threat is about to keep you and your kids inside all summer. But with a few simple suggestions, you can prevent mosquitoes from taking a bite out of your summer adventures.

 The Centers for Disease Control recommends DEET to prevent mosquito and tick bites on humans. When selecting a mosquito repellant spray for the skin, a good rule of thumb is to consider the amount of time that you intend to be outdoors. Most outdoor activities like mowing the lawn, spending time on the patio, or going for a bike ride will be sufficient with a minimum of 10% DEET. For outdoor excursions lasting for several hours, consider selecting a mosquito repellant in the range of 25%-50% active ingredient, which will provide mosquito protection over longer periods of time.

Don’t forget to protect your pets. Mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease in domestic animals and your pets are a tasty target for a blood thirsty mosquito. You should always keep your dogs and cats protected with a veterinarian-approved heartworm prevention medication. These are typically administered orally, but can also be given as a topical solution. It is important to understand that heartworm prevention is year-round, as the medication is used to interrupt the life cycle of the heartworm and has little to do with the seasonality of mosquitoes once an animal is infected. The key to avoiding infection is keeping your pets on a routine medication.

Unfortunately, due to their fast breeding and ability to fly almost anywhere, mosquitoes are an incredibly difficult pest to handle for homeowners working on their own. If mosquitoes are buzzing around your yard, there’s only one real solution: a comprehensive treatment from a certified pest control provider.

At Capitol Pest, we have almost a century of experience dealing with pest pressures of every shape and size. Our technicians have the tools, training, and experience you need to eliminate your mosquito problem and keep it from coming back. Contact us today for more information about our comprehensive mosquito control programs

 

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