Top Rated Pest Control Services For Homes & Businesses In DC, MD & Northern VA
Miche Pest Control is a top rated, family owned and operated pest control company that provides pest control services for ants, spiders, wasps, crickets, and more for residential and commercial properties in the greater DC, Baltimore, and Fairfax areas. Our expert technicians provide thorough services that get rid of pest infestations fast, and use preventative methods to keep pests from coming back after they've been eliminated. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - give us a call today!
Home Pest Control Services
Pests can invade your home year round. During the warmer months of the year, they may enter the home seeking food and water. As summer turns to fall, pests can sense the changes in temperature and may seek a warm place to shelter during the cooler months. When winter is over, or if ants run short on food during the winter, it is common to see a large increase in the number of ants. Most pests will be active throughout the summer, invading homes when they sense the weather change right before the rain, or when they seek refuge from the blazing sun. During autumn, it is common to see spiders start invading, as well as “occasional invaders” such as crickets, millipedes, centipedes, and earwigs. For year-round, general pest protection for your home, we recommend our Quarterly Pest Control plan.
Quarterly Pest Control
By far our most popular pest control service, our Quarterly Pest Control plan is designed to get rid of the pests inside and outside your home. The first service gains control of existing pest populations, then services continue on a quarterly basis (every 90 days) for year round pest protection. Our services are guaranteed, so if you see more than an occasional live pest in between your quarterly services, let us know so we can treat around your house again at no additional cost!
What Pests Are Covered?
Ants (Including Carpenter Ants)
Ants are the number one reason homeowners get professional pest control. Our comprehensive pest control services get rid of ants and keep them away, using a combination of non-repellent sprays (inside and outside) that can be transferred from one ant to another, granular ant bait that gets taken back to the colony, and targeted crack and crevice treatments that will remove ants from their hiding spots inside the walls. Carpenter ants are included as a part of our standard pest control program, at no extra cost.
Boxelder bugs can be a nuisance, especially during the fall and winter. As the weather changes, boxelder bugs look for places they can safely overwinter, and often find their way towards the warmth of a nearby home, showing up by the hundreds or even by the thousands. Our boxelder bug services help prevent boxelder bugs from being able to overwinter in the walls of your home by treating resting areas and applying residual products directly into their preferred nesting sites. Nothing can keep them from landing on the side of your house, but we can absolutely keep them from staying on the side of the house.
Carpenter bees create half inch holes in sound wood - damaging decks, siding, sheds, and more. The holes they create can weaken structural wood, and the carpenter bees may leave stains from their feeding activities near the entrances to these holes. Our technicians get rid of carpenter bee infestations quickly by treating the damaged areas directly. An important component of carpenter bee control is prevention; in addition to getting rid of existing carpenter bees, we treat exposed wood surfaces proactively to help deter future carpenter bee damage.
The occasional carpet beetle is generally pretty easy to get rid of, though it is sometimes mistaken for a bed bug. Whenever a homeowner sees a large number of carpet beetles or their larvae, though, it is important to identify where they are coming from. Since carpet beetles are one of nature's recyclers, a full-fledged carpet beetle infestation often means that there is something (perhaps a small animal) that is being decomposed by the carpet beetle larvae, somewhere nearby. Targeted crack and crevice treatments are extremely important in getting rid of the carpet beetle larvae at their source, in addition to treating the affected areas for more immediate relief.
If you're having issues with centipedes in or around your home, there is likely another pest issue that you don't know about. Centipedes are carnivores, and commonly feed on insects and small animals. Because they don't do well indoors, an outside treatment for centipedes will typically gain control of a centipede infestation pretty quickly. In addition to treating for centipedes outside, your technician will make sure they address the underlying pest issues to make sure the centipedes don't come back.
Cockroaches are known as one of the leading causes of asthma, and are known to transmit a wide variety of diseases. As if that wasn't bad enough, cockroaches are notorious for being difficult to get rid of - this is because they reproduce quickly, and can eat virtually anything. Our expert technicians get rid of cockroaches fast, using a combination of highly effective treatments: targeted gel bait placements, residual liquid treatments, sticky traps, wall void treatments, and we use products that target the immature roaches, breaking their life cycle.
Crickets do more than just make music at night (or in the dark when they're inside) - they can feed on a wide variety of materials, causing damage to personal belongings. In addition to spraying around the foundation for spiders, crickets, and more, during each pest control service your Miche Pest Control technician will use granules in a 10 foot barrier around your home to help keep crickets from nesting in the mulch or grass.
Known for their pincer-like cerci, earwigs are predators of several garden pests. Though they are generally beneficial, they are a common source of pest control requests due to their frightening appearance. Earwigs are not very well suited to surviving indoors, so they are generally easy to eliminate once they're inside the home. Earwigs are typically kept out of the home with a barrier spray, and can be kept even further away with our granular barrier. When treating for earwigs, it is important to address the mulch beds, since that is a common place for earwigs to lay eggs and nest.
Fleas are a particularly unpopular pest, due to their potentially painful bites. They are particularly common in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and frequently brought into homes on pets or on nuisance wildlife nesting in attics or crawlspaces. In addition to making sure new fleas aren't being brought indoors, an effective flea treatment will typically involve some sort of application with both an adulticide and a larvicide to get rid of both adult fleas and flea larvae. It is important to address all of the carpeted and upholstered areas; if some surfaces aren't able to be treated, it is critical that they are vacuumed daily.
Hornets are aggressive, stinging insects. While these stings are painful, the biggest danger when it comes to hornets are that some people are severely allergic to their stings. Bald faced hornets typically make their nests in trees and bushes, though sometimes they will make their nests underneath the eaves of a home, or right next to a window. European hornets will usually make their nests inside of a hollowed out tree, but they will sometimes make their nests inside a barbecue grill or inside the eave of a home. Our trained technicians get rid of hornets quickly, safely, and effectively.
Millipedes are frequently found invading homes in DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia when it rains, but they will also gain entry in the fall when the weather starts cooling down. Unlike centipedes, which are carnivorous, millipedes feed mainly on decaying organic matter. Our quarterly pest control service includes treating cracks and crevices around the home to make sure pests like millipedes can't gain entry when the seasons change. Reducing the buildup of mulch around your home can help keep millipede populations in check.
Pillbugs, Roly-Polies, Sowbugs, Woodlice
Pillbugs, also known as sow bugs, roly-polies, or woodlice are generally considered beneficial residents of gardens in DC, Maryland & Virginia. Pillbugs are typically not an issue indoors, but may occasionally wander inside. If you're having issues with pillbugs inside, the best response is typically to vacuum up the ones that have made it indoors, then follow up with exterior treatment, focused on the mulch beds and planters, as well as possibly some additional treatment around entry points such as doors, and any cracks or crevices in the foundation.
Silverfish are most commonly found in upstairs bathrooms and utility rooms with furnaces and water heaters. They require high humidity, and very little food to survive. Silverfish feed on a variety of materials, and while it is typically simple to get rid of silverfish one at a time, the issue is getting rid of them at the source. Silverfish can nest in attics and other difficult to treat areas.
Every quarterly pest control service from Miche Pest Control includes spraying for spiders outside, as well as professional cobweb removal from the eaves, doors and windows of your home. Not only do we treat outside, but if you have spiders inside, in the basement or somewhere else, those are covered too. Because spiders are carnivores, their presence often means there may be another pest issue that has gone unnoticed - in addition to treating for spiders, your technician will inspect and treat for other pests on your property.
Springtails can be a nuisance inside homes, and will sometimes build up in numbers around the outside of homes. They require a lot of moisture to survive, and typically feed on mildew and mold, so the best way to get rid of an infestation of springtails is to get rid of the source of moisture that's allowing them to survive, and helping their food source grow. After the moisture source is remedied, a treatment in the areas you're seeing them and around the perimeter of the home (especially focused on the mulch beds) will generally get rid of the springtails without much problem.
Stink bugs can be a nuisance, especially during the fall and winter. As the weather changes, stink bugs look for places they can safely overwinter, and often find their way towards the warmth of a nearby home, showing up by the hundreds or even by the thousands. Our stink bug services help prevent stink bugs from being able to overwinter in the walls of your home by treating resting areas and applying residual products directly into their preferred nesting sites. Nothing can keep them from landing on the side of your house, but we can absolutely keep them from staying on the side of the house.
Not only do our technicians remove cobwebs from the eaves, doorways, and windows of your home, but included in every quarterly pest control service is wasp nest removal. Paper wasps like to make their nests in secluded, high places that are sheltered from the elements. Yellowjackets usually make their nests in the ground. Our technicians are trained in spotting and safely removing wasp nests.
Yellowjackets are an aggressive type of stinging insect that typically build globular nests underground. They are most often discovered while homeowners are doing yard work or gardening. They are territorial, though not as territorial as hornets, and can sting repeatedly. This can be especially problematic when homeowners or guests are allergic to their stings. Yellowjacket nests can be difficult to treat since their nests are sheltered underground; our technicians get rid of yellowjackets quickly, safely, and effectively to protect your family from stinging insects.
What’s Included In Each Quarterly Pest Control Service?
One of the things that separates Miche Pest Control from the rest is how comprehensive our services are. Included with each of our guaranteed, quarterly pest control services are the following treatments:
Exterior Spider Web Removal
Our technicians use extendable 24-foot poles with special brushes to remove spider webs and cobwebs from around eaves, corners, doors, windows, and more from around the outside of homes and businesses in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. We use brushes that have been treated with residual products to help keep spiders from building their webs again after we've knocked them down.
4 - 6 Foot Barrier Spray Around Foundation For Bugs
Our technicians use electric-powered backpack sprayers to create a 4 to 6 foot spray barrier around the foundation outside of your home or business in the greater DC, Baltimore or Fairfax area to keep bugs out. We use products that are registered with the EPA, and labeled for use around homes, hospitals, day cares, and pet kennels to get rid of pests fast while maintaining peace of mind. Not only does this get rid of pests in the treated areas, but it works residually, providing proven, guaranteed protection from crawling pests, keeping them from building up populations around your home or business.
Hornet, Wasp & Yellowjacket Nest Removal
Bald Faced Hornets typically build their nests in trees or under eaves. European Hornets usually build their nests inside hollow trees and logs, in barbecue grills, or in soffit spaces. Yellowjackets frequently build nests underground, and paper wasps usually build smaller nests in corners, sheltered from the elements. Our technicians are trained in spotting, treating, and removing all of these nests quickly and safely, so you can use your yard without the fear of getting stung. Each quarterly service includes removing these nests.
10 Foot Repellent Granular Barrier Or Ant Bait
An essential part of our quarterly pest control service involves spreading repellent granules in a 10 foot band around the perimeter of your home or business in Washington DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia. While this can only be used in the porous areas and shouldn't be used in any non-porous areas such as on driveways and sidewalks, this granular application helps keep insect pests from nesting around the home. It will kill pests at first, but as the granules break down, they gradually create a deterrent barrier.
If you're having active issues with ants, instead of using a repellent granular, we will generally use a borate-based ant bait, so the ants can take it to their colony, and hopefully get rid of the queen(s). This almost always provides better results long term, though this approach may take slightly longer to start seeing the effects of the treatment.
Targeted Crack & Crevice Treatments
Sometimes, pests are already living in the walls of your home or business before we get there. In order to prevent pests from hiding and nesting inside the walls of your home or business in the greater DC, Baltimore or Fairfax area, we direct targeted treatments into the cracks and crevices of the foundation around the structure, as well as into any weep holes, utility penetrations, and other non-traditional entry points leading into the wall voids. This flushes out pests that may be hiding, and helps prevent bugs from using your home for their protection.
Inside Treatment Is Included At No Additional Cost
Our pest control services are designed with convenience and safety in mind. For that reason, whenever possible, we have designed our services to be able to be completed from the outside of your home or business, without needing to make any indoor applications. With that being said, even though our services are designed to prevent the need for inside treatment, if you need or would like the interior of your home or business treated, that is included at no additional cost.
Pest Control For Businesses In DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia
Running a business can be challenging. Every business operates differently, with its own, unique pest control challenges. A business can be exposed to potential pest infestations through its suppliers, its customers, its employees, and neighboring properties. Your Miche Pest Control technician will build a customized pest control solution that meets your needs, as well as your customers' needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you use? Is it safe?
We use products that are registered with the EPA and labeled for use in and around homes, hospitals, day cares, and pet kennels. We also have products that are organic, if you would prefer that we use those.
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