Professional Pest Solutions For Kensington, MD Properties

Kensington is a small town located in Montgomery County, Maryland. Like many other areas across America, Kensington is filled with a wide range of pests that can cause problems on your property. Since 1936, Capitol Pest has been dedicated to helping homeowners and business owners protect their homes from dangerous and nuisance pests in our area. To keep your Kensington property pest-free all year long, turn to the pest professionals here at Capitol Pest. We provide advanced solutions to cover all sorts of pest infestations, including rodents, spiders, and insects. No matter what pest problems you’re facing, we have what it takes to deal with them. Contact Capitol Pest today for more information about our residential and commercial pest control options. 

Home Pest Control In Kensington, MD

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There’s never room for pests in your Kensington home. While some pest species may cause more trouble than others, you don’t want to find any pests living in or around your residential property. As a homeowner, you have many responsibilities to attend to on a daily basis, whether it’s work, school, family, or social activities. You simply don’t have time to worry about pests invading your Kensington home. At Capitol Pest, we make it our goal to take care of all your pest problems so that you don’t have to. Our home pest control plans are designed to identify, eliminate, and prevent pest activity on your property year-round. With our pest control experts on the job, you can rest easy knowing that the protection of your Kensington home is in good hands. Get in touch with Capitol Pest today to learn about what each of our residential pest control programs has to offer. 

Commercial Pest Control In Kensington, MD

Every business is unique and requires unique pest control needs. Here at Capitol Pest, we work hard to protect businesses in many different industries from the negative effects of pest infestations. Pests not only spread diseases and damage your products, but they can also scare away your customers and hurt your bottom line. Your Kensington business should have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to pests. If pests are causing problems in your commercial facility, you need commercial pest control services from Capitol Pest. We will get rid of any current pest infestations and put into place effective prevention measures to stop future pest activity. To learn more about how the pest technicians here at Capitol Pest can defend your Kensington business against pest threats, give us a call today. 

What Are These Silver Bugs In My Kensington, MD Home?

If you’ve ever seen a small silver bug dart out of sight after you move a pile of laundry, it was probably a silverfish. Silverfish are small insects that are capable of thriving in most climates but prefer to live in dark, damp areas such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. These tiny silver insects are especially attracted to damp clothing and paper products. Silverfish are known for their destructive diet, which includes paper, clothing, glue, and silk. Although silverfish are not a threat to your health or safety, you still don’t want them in your Kensington home or business. A few of the problems silverfish cause when they invade include:

  • Damaging personal property, such as clothing and books.

  • Triggering allergies in some individuals.

  • Attracting other pests to your property.

If silverfish infest your Kensington home or business, the most effective way to get rid of them is with the help of the certified pest professionals here at Capitol Pest. We are ready to help you with any pest problems, including silverfish. If you’re ready to experience a pest-free property, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.

Everything You Need To Know About Mosquitoes In Kensington, MD

There are few pests as irritating as mosquitoes. Not only do mosquitoes make hosting outdoor events a nightmare, but they can also spread many different dangerous diseases. Malaria, dengue, and West Nile virus are just a few of the diseases mosquitoes can transmit to humans. When it comes to mosquitoes, here are a few things you should know:

  • Mosquitoes are attracted to moisture. This includes sources of standing water such as kiddie pools, clogged gutters, and birdbaths.

  • Mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk.

  • Mosquitoes prefer areas with tall grass and thick foliage.

  • Only female mosquitoes feed on blood.

  • Mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous “animals” in the world.

Keeping mosquitoes away from your Kensington property is almost impossible without professional mosquito control services. For help with your mosquito problems, contact the pest experts here at Capitol Pest today. 

Is There a Bed Bug Season in Kensington, MD?

Bed bugs are a problem no one wants to have. Although there is not an official bed bug season, they do appear to be more prevalent during the summer months than wintertime. This is perhaps a result of increased travel and motel visits with all the spring break and summer vacation trips.

With 99.6 % of U.S. based professional pest control companies professing an encounter with a bed bug infestation, it is safe to say that there are bed bugs in DC. The pesky bed bug continues to be the most difficult pest to treat. In fact, 78% of pest control companies participating in a survey rated them above cockroaches, ants and termites.

While the greater number of treatments is in residential settings, bed bugs are also found in college dorms, hotels, nursing homes, schools, office buildings, daycare centers, hospitals and public transportation. There have even been cases of bed bugs on planes. Bed bugs have been discovered in all 50 states.

The easiest way to allow bed bugs into your home is by bringing them back with you from vacation. The good news is that there are ways to enjoy your summer vacation without becoming infested with bed bugs. The following tips can drastically reduce the chances of a bed bug infestation.

  • Perform a thorough inspection of your motel room before unpacking. Look closely at mattress seams and box springs for live bed bugs or shed bed bug skins.
  • Thoroughly check drawers for signs of bed bugs. We suggest to avoid using drawers in hotels and motels altogether.
  • Keep your suitcases off the floor. Thick carpet is a great place in which bed bugs hide. Place your luggage on the elevated stands usually provided by the motel.
  • Bed bugs do not travel directly on you like lice. They will hitch a ride to your home in your clothing or suitcase. If you are suspicious of being exposed to them, place all clothing in plastic bags and wash them as soon as you get home. Set the washer and dryer on the hottest setting available. Also, inspect your suitcase again with a flashlight after emptying it, looking for live bugs hiding in the seams.

Are you experiencing a bed bug infestation? The longer you wait, the worse it will become. When the bed bugs bite, don’t hesitate to call the bed bug elimination experts at Capitol Pest for help. Contact us today to find out more about our bed bug treatment options and find out why we’re Maryland’s trusted source for pest protection. 

Why Can’t I Get Rid of Ants in My Kensington, MD Home?

Ants can be found in your home, in your yard and just about anywhere! While most common ants don't pose any major health threat, that doesn't make them any more acceptable. Even the most common and docile ants are a nuisance that can contaminate food sources and surfaces.

Probably the most common ants found in NOVA homes and buildings is the odorous house ant. These tiny, dark colored ants are also known as ‘sugar ants’. These are the ones usually found in the house. When you crush these guys they emit a strong and distinct smell of rotten coconuts.

Pavement ants are also pretty tiny. These brownish ants are usually found in cracks and crevices of pavement and blocks. These ants build huge underground nests. The nest entrances are mounds that look like a volcano. While predominantly found to be a nuisance outside, they will also to go into buildings with concrete slabs.

The largest and most destructive of the common ants is the carpenter ant. Carpenter ants come in different sizes and styles. The queen ants grow wings and get up to an inch in size. The smaller worker ants are about ½ that size. These ants like to build their homes inside wet and damaged wood. They will bore into a damaged wood structure and then create their own trails and chambers in which to travel and build their colony. These colonies can go from a few dozen ants up to thousands of them. Carpenter ants cause a lot of damage to homes and structures each year. Be on the look out for any of the following signs of carpenter ants:

  • Wood debris from tunneling in wood
  • Small winged ‘worker’ ants foraging for food
  • Sounds of activity inside wood as they tunnel
  • Hollow-sounding wood

These are the three most common ants. While you may come in contact with other types of ants, chances are the encounter is happening for a few simple reasons. Mostly, that the ants are looking for food, water and possibly a new nesting area. Ants are attracted to certain areas and circumstances. Here are a few simple steps that may make a difference on the amount of ants attracted to your home or property:

  • Keep all trash, returnables and recyclables in a sealed container and remove them on a regular basis

  • Keep your food crumbs and spills cleaned up

  • Promptly rinse dishes and do not keep dirty dishes on the counter

  • Do not allow pet food dishes to sit around with food in them

  • Regularly check plumbing for any leaks that may attract ants

  • Repair or replace window and door screens that are damaged or torn

As we air out our houses, with windows being opened and screens in place, an army of those dreaded, pesky ants begin appearing in our homes. It starts with a few forager ants finding their way inside. If they find a supply of food lying around, they leave a trail and go back to the colony and spread the word. The next thing you know, there is a constant parade of ants in the house. All it takes is a little juice spilled on the floor or counter, or a sticky piece of candy lying around in the sofa cushions to attract these pests. Two of the more common attractions are sugar or high fructose corn syrup as well as other dead insects. The only way to get rid of ants and keep them away is to remove all sources of food and water.

You may think ants are somewhat harmless pests. This is a common misconception as many ants can contaminate food and carpenter ants are a species of ants that actually have the potential to both contaminate food sources as well as weaken your wooden structures. Carpenter ants are one of those pests that can be difficult to get rid of. These ants are the largest native ant species, they are also the most destructive. Even though they do not consume wood, they chew into the wooden structure to create passageways, galleries and chambers in which to build their colonies, thus weakening the structure.

There are many over the counter sprays, traps and remedies for the do it yourself homeowner. However, after many attempts, the ants just keep coming back. This is because you are only treating the few ants that you see. The only way to eliminate the ant problem is to find the ant colony and eradicate the entire colony. Home pest control services are only effective when the colony is located and removed.

Maryland pest control companies are strong advocates of preventive measures to reduce the risk of infestation. At Capitol Pest, we recommend you remove any foliage that is close to or in contact with the walls or foundation of your home. The shrubs and ivy creates a natural bridge for ants to enter homes or buildings. This is especially true with the carpenter ant. Also, a thorough cleaning under the stove and refrigerator and inside cupboards and pantries will help reduce food sources and discourage ants from coming in. Contact Capitol Pest at the first sign of ant infestation and find out why Maryland residents trust us to handle all their ant control needs!

Have ants started marching around your Kensington property? Don’t wait: call the pest pros at Capitol Pest for help. No matter the size or severity of your ant problem, we have the tools and know-how you need to make it a thing of the past. Call us today for more information. 

 

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