Lanham, MD Pest Control

Professional Pest Solutions For Lanham, Maryland Properties

Many Lanham residents deal with the stress that pest infestations cause. Whether you own a home or business in our area, pests can find a way to invade and cause numerous problems. The most effective way to eliminate pests on your property and ensure they never return is to contact the professionals here at Capitol Pest for immediate pest control options and solutions. We’ve been providing reliable pest control services for residential and commercial property owners since 1936, so you can trust us to keep your property free of pests all year long. Contact Capitol Pest today for details about our specific pest control programs. 

Home Pest Control In Lanham, MD

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It’s no surprise that pests are an aspect of life that cause stress and frustration. Pest invaders can damage personal property, spread harmful bacteria, and endanger your friends and family. However, when you turn to Capitol Pest for all your residential pest control needs, you can avoid finding pest infestations in your home.

Our effective home pest control programs provide year-round pest coverage for many different pests, including rodents, insects, spiders, and more. No matter what pest you’re dealing with, Capitol Pest has the perfect residential pest control plan for you.

If you’re ready to get rid of disease-ridden and destructive pests, it’s time to contact the pest technicians here at Capitol Pest. We care about keeping your home and family protected from pests year-round. Give us a call today to schedule your free home estimate.

Commercial Pest Control In Lanham, MD

Pests are not only problems for Lanham residents, but for business owners as well. Your customers won’t return to your establishment if pests are spotted in or around your commercial facility, no matter how amazing your products and services are. Whether you own an office building, warehouse, or restaurant, it’s important to keep your business pest-free. The professionals here at Capitol Pest have the experience and pest technologies needed to keep pests away from your commercial building year-round. Our commercial pest control services are customized to meet the unique needs and regulations of your industry. At Capitol Pest, we make it our top priority to provide high-quality pest control programs for our business partners. Avoid pest problems in your business with year-round commercial pest control services from Capitol Pest.

Why Termite Protection in Lanham, MD Can’t Wait

Termites are one of the worst, most destructive pests anyone can have the misfortune of having. Unfortunately, there are a number of common misconceptions about them that can make homeowners feel that they’re safe, when the truth is the exact opposite. If you’re a homeowner in Lanham, your house is never truly safe from termites. 

Termites are cold-blooded insects, unable to regulate their body temperature. For this reason, many people believe that termites are not a danger when it starts to get cold. This is only partly true. Though termites do hide from freezing cold temperatures, not all ground freezes. If you have crawl spaces under your home, those termites will happily feed all winter long. In fact, they will feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all winter long. Termites do not hibernate and they do not sleep. If they have found a place to hide from the elements, they can take root and feed, even in winter.

"Yes. But, termites aren't going to infest my home in winter." This is true. If you don't already have termites when winter comes, it is not likely that you will get termites during the winter. The problem is, you may already have termites, and not know it. These insects can live entirely inside wood and soil for years without detection. Waiting to get termite protection means those termites have another winter to eat away at the support structures of your home.

"Is there a way I can check to see if I have termites already?" There are some things you can look for.

  • Do an inspection around the exterior of your home. If you have wood near your home, examine it for termite activity.
  • Look on basement walls and inside crawl spaces for mud tubes. Subterranean termites create these tubes to protect themselves as they travel in and out of a structure.
  • You can also find mud tubes inside your home. Look in areas that are secluded and moist.
  • Listen to your walls. Termites bang their heads on tunnel walls to communicate. If you are close enough to active termites, you will hear clicking.

You should know that termites are notoriously good at avoiding detection. Most of the damage they cause occurs underground and out-of-sight, or within the walls and floors of your home itself. So, although doing a self-inspection is better than no inspection at all, it is better to have a professional do it.

The only long-term solution for termite protection is a professional plan from a licensed and certified pest control provider. At Capitol Pest, we have decades of experience protecting Lanham homes and businesses from the destruction termites cause. Contact us today and find out why a professional termite treatment plan from Capitol Pest is the perfect way to keep your property protected. 

Preventing Mice Infestations in Lanham, MD

Mice, like many rodents, are incredibly skilled at getting into homes, and possess a number of natural talents that help them with this feat. They can jump down 3 to 4 yards without injuring themselves and leap a foot into the air. They can walk along very thin pieces of wire or rope, and they can squeeze through a hole as small as a dime! Do you know that if you were to explore a mouse's underground home, you would find that they are incredibly clean, tidy, and organized? Their intricate tunnels have specific areas for storing food, going to the bathroom, and for shelter. Who knew that mice were that clean?

Do you also know that mice prefer to be in warm places rather than cold places? What warm-blooded creature doesn't? But it is more than just a matter of comfort. Many rodents do not survive long periods of cold and snowy weather. As temperatures start to drop, and food sources are harder to find, mice, and other rodents, will seek shelter near or inside houses. And once they get inside a house, all their skills at keeping their dwellings neat and tidy seem to go right out the window - probably because they don't see your home as their den. Your kitchen and pantry are like the forests and fields they roam in, and that can be a problem when nature calls.

If you've ever had mice, you know that they are not clean animals inside your home. They leave urine on your counters, or anywhere else they happen to roam; and they have the potential of leaving bacteria and/or viruses everywhere. They also leave droppings all over the place, especially in the backs of kitchen drawers. In fact, one mouse can produce as much as 50-60 droppings in a single night! And like this isn't enough, mice also like to chew, and this can be a problem especially if they chew on wires--because this can be a fire hazard.

There are several things that can be done to prevent mice from making your home their home for the winter:

  • Make sure you store all garbage (inside your home, and outside) in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Keep your yard free of clutter so that mice don't have places to hide. This includes cleaning up toys, weeds, garbage, and trash piles.
  • Inspect the inside and outside of your home for gaps or cracks where mice might squeeze in. Seal up all holes using a caulking gun.
  • Keep kitchens clean and store food in the refrigerator or inside secure plastic containers that mice cannot chew through.

Unfortunately, when mice get inside, the only real solution is to call a professional for help. Luckily, Capitol Pest has all the tools and experience you need to make any rodent infestation a thing of the past. Call today and find out why Maryland homeowners trust professional rodent treatments from Capitol Pest to solve all their rodent issues and keep their properties protected. 

Bed Bug Solutions for Lanham, MD Homeowners

If you’ve started waking up with itchy, red bites, there’s a high probability that your home is infested with bed bugs. Even determining that you have a bed bug problem can be a challenge, but the real work begins once you start trying to find a solution. As a homeowner, these are some of your typical options when bed bugs start biting:

Get rid of those mattresses: When bed bugs become noticeable, your first reaction may be to throw out all your mattresses, or, at least, the one that seems to be infested. This hardly ever solves a bed bug problem, though, because bed bugs don't just live in mattresses. They can live in your upholstered furniture, in baseboards, under the edge of your carpets, inside your outlets, and in many electronic devices.

Mattress encasements: If you bring up the topic of bed bugs to someone you know, they may suggest mattress encasements for all your mattresses. This is a great idea, for the most part. It will definitely work to keep any bed bugs that are in your mattress from getting out to feed. And, those encasements will work to keep new bed bugs from getting in. But, as stated above, bed bugs don't just live in mattresses. They can be anywhere in your home.

Bed bug traps: In your search for answers you may come across a DIY page that shows you how to make a bed bug trap. These traps work on the premise that bed bugs are attracted to CO2. When bed bugs are lured into the trap by CO2, they are killed. The problem with these traps, whether you buy them commercially or make one yourself, is that they only work partially, if at all. Though it is true that bed bugs are attracted to CO2, there are many more factors that lead them to a blood meal. These traps may catch some bed bugs, but you'll still have bed bugs in your home, and you will still get bit.

A thorough cleaning: You might be told that vacuuming your entire house and washing all your bedding on the hottest temperature is the way to get rid of these bugs. Though it is true that the practice can help to reduce bed bugs, they do nothing to kill bed bugs living in your walls, electronics, or furniture.

Heat your house to 120 degrees: You may learn that heating your home is a good way to kill bed bugs. This is absolutely true. But, at best, those bugs will flee into your walls and come back when the heat is gone. At worst, doing a heat treatment can burn your home to the ground, if not done properly.

Unfortunately, while each of these steps can help deal with an active bed bug infestation, they may not last. Bed bugs multiply quickly and can get into almost anywhere, so even with these steps, if you miss even a few bugs, you can rest assured that the infestation will return in a matter of weeks - or even days! If you want your bed bug issue resolved for good, the only real option is to contact a professional for help.

Capitol Pest offers long-term solutions to eliminate bed bug infestations of every shape and size. We know how bed bugs operate and have the perfect tools and equipment necessary to stop them in their tracks, eliminating the infestation completely and keeping it from coming back. Call today and find out why a professional bed bug treatment is the perfect solution for your Lanham home. 

 

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