Highland, MD Pest Control

Professional Pest Solutions For Highland, MD Properties

When pests invade, all sorts of problems follow. When pests such as insects and rodents decide to make your Highland property their own, it’s time to reach out to the professionals at Capitol Pest for complete pest protection. We offer exceptional pest control services that are created to keep your home or business free of nuisance and dangerous pests, year-round. At Capitol Pest, we have over 80 years of pest control experience, which means you can trust us to provide effective, innovative, and eco-friendly service options to solve all of your pest control problems. With the professionals from Capitol Pest by your side, you can rest assured that your property is protected from pests of all shapes and sizes. Contact us today to learn more about what our residential and commercial pest control plans have to offer. 

Home Pest Control In Highland, MD

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Your home will never be safe from pests without the protection of a residential pest control plan from Capitol Pest. Pest infestations can cause health issues, damage property, and harm your family, which is why we’re here to offer innovative home pest control solutions. We offer four different pest control programs to meet the specific needs of your Highland home: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each of our programs includes coverage of over 36 pests and quarterly service visits. No matter which home pest control program you choose, you can trust that the professionals here at Capitol Pest will provide eco-friendly solutions, year-round. To learn more about our four levels of pest protection, get in touch with Capitol Pest today. 

Commercial Pest Control In Highland, MD

No matter the industry, business always suffers when pests are present. The most effective way to gain a competitive edge against other businesses is to implement a year-round commercial pest control plan that will protect your commercial facility from a wide range of common pests. Pests such as spiders, insects, and rodents can get in the way of your success, which is why the committed pest experts here at Capitol Pest are ready to help. Our goal is to provide comprehensive commercial pest control services that will eliminate current pest infestations and curb pest activity in the future. Give a call to Capitol Pest today to ask about what’s involved in our commercial pest control programs

How Highland, MD Residents Can Avoid Bed Bugs While Travelling

We've all heard the bed bug horror stories. A family arrives at their beachside accommodations with big plans for some fun in the sun, only to wake up with red, raised welts on their skin. All of the money and energy spent to make a great vacation is quickly lost; but this is only the beginning of the story. That same family probably goes home with bed bugs in their luggage or in their clothing, only to face another bed bug nightmare a few months later--inside their home. It is no wonder more and more people are asking the question, "How do I keep from bringing bed bugs home from vacation?" Here are some quick tips that will not only keep you from bringing these bugs home; they could save your vacation as well.

Understand that bed bugs aren't just found in the room you'll be staying in. You could pick them up on the airplane, in a taxi from the airport to your hotel, and even inside the waiting area of the hotel. Don't let the word "bed" in bed bugs fool you. This insect doesn't need to wait till you are asleep to feed on you. They can do it while you're wide awake. That is why they are being found in some surprising locations like movie theaters and libraries.

Learn to recognize these oval, rust-colored bugs when you see them, and the black fecal matter on the stitching of seats, upholstered furniture, and mattresses that are a warning of their presence inside these items.

Before you bring luggage into your room, make sure to do a check. Inspect mattress seams and corners for black residue, and use a flashlight to closely examine upholstered furniture in your room. Check the bed for shed skin casings, blood stains on the sheets, and, of course, the bugs themselves.

For added protection, you can put your luggage inside plastic bags to keep bugs from getting inside them. Refrain from putting clothing or towels on the floor or draping them over a chair in your room. When you return home, wash and dry all your clothing on the hottest temperature. This will kill all stages of bed bugs that may have hitched a ride home with you. Remember, bed bugs can be the size of a pen tip, and an infestation can start with a single batch of eggs in the seams of your luggage. Bed bug eggs don't need the mother to hatch.

If you stay vigilant and watch for the signs, you can catch these blood-eating insects before they traumatize you on your vacation, and keep them from returning home with you. Don't let bed bugs ruin your rest and relaxation. Learn to catch them before they catch you...by surprise.

However, you should know that even the best attempts at prevention can’t always protect you from bed bugs. Should the bed bugs bite, the only safe option is to contact a professional pest control provider for help.

At Capitol Pest, we have decades of experience dealing with bed bug infestations of every shape and size. If and when the bed bugs bite, contact us immediately for a comprehensive bed bug treatment plan, and make your bed bug problem a thing of the past. 

Preventing and Eliminating Rodents in Highland, MD Homes

Mice and rats have been getting into homes since the dawn of time and it probably wouldn't be such a bad thing if they didn't carry diseases, contaminate our food, spread parasites, chew through walls, gnaw on wiring, and leave their feces everywhere. The reality of the situation is, mice and rats are not safe to have in the home. What's worse is that rodent infestations are not an isolated problem. If you own a home, you need to know how to deal with rodents. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when dealing with rodents and then what is truly necessary to protect a home from these furry creatures.

1. Sanitation. Some homeowners try to beat rodents with good housekeeping. But keeping things clean is only part of the solution. Rodents can infest a home and never feed on anything inside that home. They may leave to feed in a nearby dumpster or trash bin and then return to nest in your walls.

2. Protecting food sources. If all of your stored food is in hard plastic containers you will resist rodents. But rodents don't only come into a home because of food. They also come in for shelter.

3. Mouse traps. Traps can be effective at killing rodents, but they also come with a significant drawback. They have to be emptied. If you decide to use mouse traps, make sure you always use gloves when handling dead rodents, and keep traps in places your pets and children can't get to.

4. Professional treatment. There is a reason rodents are one of the most common problem pests homeowners deal with. These are resourceful creatures that chew through walls, have the ability to jump up to a foot in the air, and reproduce faster than rabbits. The only real solution to mice and rats is understanding how these creatures think - and that’s something that a professional can do.

While the first three steps can go a long way in helping you prevent rodents from getting inside, once they get inside, your only real option once an infestation is underway is to get in contact with a professional.

At Capitol Pest, we have decades of experience dealing with rodent infestations of every shape and size. When rodents start scurrying around your Highland home or business, don’t wait: contact us today and find out why a professional rodent removal treatment is the perfect solution to protect your property both now and into the future.

Why Highland, MD Homeowners Need Termite Inspections

Most homeowners don’t even want to think about termites. The danger of termite damage is a real problem that every homeowner needs to address. The annual average damage done by termites is $50 billion a year in the United States. A termite inspection is the best way to determine if you have a termite problem.

There are a few signs that you may have a problem. A termite colony may only have 75 termites in its first year. This isn’t a lot and unless you saw broken wings or a termite swarm, you may not see any other sign of a colony until extensive damage is done. If you notice anything from the following list, you should contact a pest control professional in Highland right away.

The earliest indication you will have of termite activity is swarmers. These are winged termites that are searching for mates to start a new colony. If you find broken wings, this also means a colony may have been formed nearby. Termites break off their wings when they mate.

You may notice mud tubes. They are typically about the width of a straw. Termites like moist and humid environments. If you find a mud tube, you can break off a section and if it is replaced within a few days, you know you have an active problem.

Again termites want their working areas sealed so they can have exactly the environment they want. If you see crusted dirt in a place that used to be a hole, this is also a sign of termite activity. This is generally seen along the foundation.

Termites eat wood from the inside out. Advanced activity can lead to soft spots along a window frame, sill or in the floor.

Termite inspections are the easiest way to evaluate your property. If you are looking at purchasing a new home, a termite inspection is a very wise choice. A termite inspection can go a long way in protecting the investment you are making in your home.

Whether you’re a prospective homeowner, a new addition to the community, or a long-time resident of Highland, it’s never a bad time for a professional termite inspection. Contact us today and find out why a comprehensive termite treatment plan from Capitol Pest is a great way to protect your property from the damage termites cause - and the costs that come with fixing it. 

 

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