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Frequently asked Pest Control Questions 2017-11-14T16:55:47+00:00

Pest Control Questions and Answers from Capitol Pest

How long has Capitol Pest been in business?

Founded in 1936, Capitol Pest has been providing customer-recommended pest control services to the Washington DC area for more than 75 years.

My neighbor recommended that I call Capitol Termite & Pest Control. Are you the same company?

Yes. We were founded as Capitol Chemical Company and later changed our name to Capitol Termite & Pest Control, and then to Capitol Beltway Termite and Pest Control, before simplifying our name to just Capitol Pest in 2012 in order to better depict our general pest services focused on both prevention and elimination.

What pests do you control?

We can rid your property of pests that are commonly found in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia homes and businesses, including ants, bed bugs, bees & wasps, beetles, centipedes, cockroaches, crickets, flies, mice & rats, millipedes, mosquitoes, moths, pantry pests, silverfish spiders, stink bugs, ticks, wildlife, termites, …and many more.

Why should I hire Capitol Pest instead of another local company?

Since 1936, Capitol Pest has provided the most dependable, trustworthy service by professional technicians, who have been individually trained to focus on efficiency and effectiveness and deliver a service for which there is exceptional value.

This value has been publicly acclaimed through a number of awards and recognitions, including:

  • Capitol Pest was voted the “Best Pest Control Company” by readers of Washingtonian Magazine.
  • We are the highest rated company with 100 ratings or more on Consumer’s Checkbook that services Washington DC
  • We have an A rating on Angie’s List.
  • We are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.

You can also read why our customers say they work with Capitol Pest on our Testimonials page.

What areas does Capitol Pest service?

We service Washington DC and the surrounding areas of Montgomery County, Maryland; Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax Counties in Virginia. See a full listing of the areas we service on our Service Areas page.

Are the products you use safe for my family and pets?

Yes! Capitol Pest uses only EPA-registered products, all of which have specifically worded labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). To enable you to have complete information on any products that are or may be used by your Capitol Pest Service Professional, you can access any product label or MSDS on our MSDS & Labels page. In fact, most products we use are less toxic, if consumed, than caffeine! But, of course, the only ones “consuming” them will be the insects, rodents, and other pests we’re there to eliminate.

What methods do you use to ensure that treatment is effective and safe?

Our professional, certified technicians are trained to reduce or eliminate pesticide use whenever and wherever possible by using the latest technologies and techniques. We work on the outside of your home whenever possible to prevent pests from coming in, and we never apply pesticides without solving the root cause of the problem. By implementing these practices, Capitol Pest provides you with prompt, efficient, courteous, safe service, and effective solutions for all your pest problems.

What can I and my family do to prevent pests?

Pest prevention is primarily a matter of sanitation and exclusion. That is: eliminating food, water, and harborage areas both indoors and outside to reduce the attraction to your home and property, then closing up all gaps, cracks, and holes in the home’s structure to exclude pests—keeping them from getting in. For specific tips, visit our Pest Control Prevention Tips page.

I keep getting ants in my house. I’ve tried spraying but they always come back! What should I do?

Spraying ants will only kill the worker ants that are gathering food for the colony, and if those foragers don’t come back, the colony will simply send out more worker ants. To eliminate ants, you need to eliminate the queen who stays in the nest to breed. Capitol Pest has the knowledge to not only select and apply the right bait for any ant species, so those foraging ants take poisoned bait back to their queen and colony instead, but we also have the experience to locate the colony, or colonies, in order to surgically remove the threat with minimal pesticide use.

Why do I need year-round service?

Capitol Pest’s Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum pest control services will eliminate the pests that are present, then year-round quarterly service will help to ensure that new infestations do not begin. By contracting with Capitol Pest for ongoing service, you are guaranteed that if any covered pests do return, we will return to eliminate those pests – at no charge.

What training do Capitol Pest technicians receive?

Our mission is to be the area’s most dependable, trustworthy company with the best-trained, courteous technicians, who provide our customers with the safest and most effective treatments available. To achieve this mission, our service professionals receive regular and ongoing training from our 2 on-staff PhD entomologists, our zoologist, and management team. All of our service specialists are certified, licensed and bonded; and our years of experience are unparalleled, with more than half of our team having been with Capitol Pest for more than 20 years!

Do you guarantee your service?

Yes. We always guarantee your satisfaction. Additionally, when you sign up for our Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Planinum quarterly service, our guarantee protects you throughout the year from any covered pests – simply call us and we will be out as soon as possible at no additional charge.

I saw a mouse in my house, what should I do?

Unfortunately if you see one mouse in your house, particularly during the day, it is likely that there is a family of mice in or around your home. So if you see any rodent in your home, call us immediately. We will inspect your home to identify nesting areas and feeding grounds, then customize a program for elimination that includes sealing of rodent entry points.

How do I know if I have termites … and what should I do if I do?

If termites are chomping away at your home, the first signs are likely to be a film of gritty dust on wood surfaces, mud tubes, or winged termites. To determine the solidness of a suspected area, tap the wood or poke into the boards to check for hollowness. If you are seeing the insects, capture a few in a covered jar – then give Capitol Pest a call! One of our experienced termite inspectors will provide positive identification of the termite, conduct a thorough inspection of your home, then recommend a customized treatment and provide an estimate.

Do you service for mosquitoes?

Yes! Our Backyard Biting Prevention Treatment programs will provide a barrier against mosquitoes, ticks and fleas for a single event or for the entire summer. We can provide a one-time treatment 2 to 3 days before your outdoor event to keep the bugs at bay, or provide seasonal treatments once every every month between April and October to protect your family and events the whole summer. Read more about our mosquito prevention programs, then give us a call!

I think I might have bed bugs in my home. What should I do?

Bed bugs can spread very quickly — A single female can produce up to 500 offspring in a year! – so if you even think you may have bed bugs, it is important to take immediate steps to get rid of them and keep them from spreading.

  • First – do not switch beds; the bed bugs are likely to hitch a ride with you to the new location.
  • Second – retrieve a sample of the bugs you are seeing. This enables us to positively identify the bed bug and stage of growth.
  • Third – Call Capital Pest! Because bed bugs are so complex, trying home remedies to get rid of them is more likely to cause them to spread further. We will treat your home using the most current and effective technologies, and give you a full ONE YEAR Treatment Warranty.

Click to learn more about Capitol Pest’s Bed Bug Treatment.