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Miche Pest Control is a top rated, family owned and operated, full service exterminating company that provides pest control services for ants, spiders, cockroaches, mice, rats, mosquitoes, ticks, termites, and more for homes and businesses in Potomac MD and the surrounding areas. Our expert technicians get rid of pest infestations fast, and work proactively to prevent pests from returning after they're gone. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - give us a call today!

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Pest Control In Potomac MD

Miche Pest Control provides extermination services that get rid of ants, spiders, cockroaches, and more from homes and businesses in Potomac MD and the surrounding areas. We get rid of pests fast by using a combination of highly effective treatment methods, using the best products available for the specific pests that you're seeing. Our most popular plan in Potomac is our quarterly pest control service. Included in each quarterly service from Miche Pest Control:

  • Spider Web Removal
  • Wasp & Hornet Nest Removal
  • 4 to 6 Foot Barrier Spray For Crawling Insects
  • 10 Foot Granular Barrier To Push Bugs Away From The Home
  • Detailed Crack & Crevice Treatments
  • Inside Treatment As Needed

This service is designed to be thorough enough on the outside that you shouldn't need inside treatment, but the inside is always included when needed and/or requested. We use products that are registered with the EPA, and labeled for use in and around homes, hospitals, day cares, and pet kennels. The first service gets rid of any current pest issues, and immediately starts working to keep pests from coming back after they've been eliminated. A few months later, once the products break down and egg sacs start hatching, the pests usually come back - that's why we do four services per year, and more if you need. If you're having issues with covered pests in between regular services, just let us know and as needed, we'll go back out in between services at no extra cost.

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What Should Every Resident Of Potomac MD Know About Rats?

According to Chapter 39 of the Montgomery County Code, "It shall be unlawful for anyone to allow their property to be infested with rats or to be in such condition as to contribute to an existing or potential rat infestation." Rat control is important, because rats are known carriers of disease; when they are in close proximity to humans, they are a public health concern. They can damage structures and personal items, potentially causing electrical fires by chewing on wires, and are known to contaminate food supplies. The Health Department of Montgomery County MD lists 4 common signs of rats in Potomac MD:

  1. Burrows - Rats create holes in the ground, generally between 2 and 4 inches in diameter.
  2. Droppings - Rats have fecal droppings that are rounded to tapered in shape on each end. These droppings are between 3/8 and 3/4 inches long, and 1/4 inch across.
  3. Runways - Rats often frequent the same travel areas, creating worn paths in vegetation, close to walls, fences, and walkways as they travel from their nest to the food source(s).
  4. Tracks - Rats will sometimes leave footprints in mud, dust, fresh dirt, or snow. Rat footprints are approximately 1/2 inch across, with 5 toes visible in their prints.

Rats only need a half inch opening to gain entry into a home or another structure. For professional rodent control services, give us a call today!

 

What Rodents Are Most Commonly Encountered In Potomac MD?

In Potomac, the two rodents that are most commonly encountered by home and business owners are the house mouse and the Norway rat.

The house mouse is the most commonly encountered and economically important of the commensal rodents. House mice are of Central Asian origin, but they are distributed worldwide and can be found throughout the United States. House mice are not only a nuisance, but they can pose significant health and property threats. House mice are typically dusty gray with cream-colored bellies. Fur color varies from light brown to dark gray depending on the mouse’s location. House mice have four legs and a round shaped body. Their muzzles are pointed, and their ears are large with some hair. House mice range from 2.5 to 3.75 inches long. Their tails are usually 2.75 to 4 inches long. House mice breed rapidly and can adapt quickly to changing conditions. In fact, a female house mouse can give birth to a half dozen babies every three weeks and can produce up to 35 young per year. In nature, mice prefer to eat cereal and seeds, but they will also eat insects, nuts and fruits. Inside structures, mice will consume almost any human food, but prefer grain based products.  

The Norway rat is believed to be of Asian origin, arriving in the U.S. on ships from other countries in the 1700s. Today, Norway rats are found throughout the world. Norway rats have fairly poor vision and are colorblind. Despite this, their other senses, including hearing, smell, touch and taste are keen. Although not extremely agile, they are capable of running, climbing, jumping and swimming. Norway rats are known to cause damage to properties and structures through their gnawing. Norway rats have bristly brown fur, with black hairs dispersed throughout their coat. Their underside tends to be lighter, with gray to off-white coloring and even yellow tones. Norway rats have small eyes and ears, and their tails are shorter than the length of their head and body coupled together.

 

Rodent Control In Potomac MD

Miche Pest Control provides rodent control services for mice, rats, and voles in Potomac MD and the surrounding areas. We get rid of rodents fast by using a combination of trapping, entry point exclusion, and outside bait stations. Included in your first rodent control service from Miche Pest Control:

  • Entry Point Inspection
  • Sealing Rodent Entry Points
  • Trapping Mice & Rats Inside
  • Tamper-Resistant Bait Stations Outside

We use tamper-resistant bait stations combined with products that are registered with the EPA, and labeled for use in and around homes, day cares, and pet kennels. The first service gets rid of any existing rats, mice, or voles, and immediately starts working to keep rodents from coming back after they've been eliminated. A couple months later, once the bait starts to deteriorate or run out and rodent populations start rebounding, mice and rats usually come back - that's why we do six services per year, and more if you need. If you're having issues with rodents in between regular services, just let us know and as needed, we'll go back out in between services at no extra cost.

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Meet The Most Common Mosquito In Potomac MD: The Asian Tiger Mosquito

sian tiger mosquitoes, also known as forest mosquitoes, are an exotic species that get their "tiger" name from the single white stripe down the center of their head and back. Originally from Southeast Asia, this daytime-biting insect can transmit harmful diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya and dengue fever.

Asian tiger mosquitoes are black with silvery white markings. The best way to identify this species is by the single median silver-white stripe from its head down the center of its back, as well as its striped black and white legs. As with all mosquito species, the antennae of the males in comparison to female is noticeably bushier and contains auditory receptors to detect the characteristic buzz of the female.

Female Asian tiger mosquitoes typically bite during the daytime. Asian tiger mosquito bites are not necessarily painful, but they can leave an itchy, red bump on the skin. Male Asian tiger mosquitoes do not bite and primarily feed on plant nectar.

Asian tiger mosquitoes are unique in that they typically feed during the daylight hours, unlike many other mosquito species that feed only at dusk and dawn. In warm regions, Asian tiger mosquitoes are active year-round. However, they are known to overwinter in temperate climates. Like other mosquito species, only females require a blood meal to produce eggs. The females lay their eggs inside items that can hold at least a half inch of stagnant water, such as tires, flowerpots, birdbaths and clogged drains. That means something as small as a bottle cap can hold enough water for larvae (the immature form of insects) to develop! Breeding sites are likely to be close to where the adult mosquito can be found.

 

Mosquito Control In Potomac MD

Miche Pest Control provides mosquito control services in Potomac MD and the surrounding areas. We get rid of mosquitoes fast by combining yard fogging with larvicide applications, using high quality products for lasting protection from mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas outside. Included in each mosquito control service from Miche Pest Control:

  • Yard Fogging For Fast Relief From Mosquitoes
  • Larvicide Applications To Keep Them From Coming Back
  • High Quality Products For Lasting Protection, Rain Or Shine

Not only does this cover mosquitoes, but it also works on ticks and fleas outside. We use products that are registered with the EPA, and labeled for use around homes, hospitals, day cares, and pet kennels. The first service gets rid of any existing mosquitoes, and immediately starts working to keep mosquitoes from coming back after they've been eliminated. Three to four weeks later, once the products break down and eggs start hatching, the mosquitoes usually come back - that's why we do eight services per year, and more if you need. If you're having issues with mosquitoes in between regular services, just let us know and as needed, we'll go back out in between services at no extra cost.

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How Much Damage Can Termites Do In Potomac MD?

A home is the average homeowner’s largest investment; in Potomac, the median home value is approximately $975,000. The most common termite species in Potomac is the Eastern Subterranean Termite. Subterranean termites nest underground, leaving their nest to feed on wood - they can enter buildings through gaps and cracks less than 1/16th of an inch. Once inside, they remain hidden in the walls of the home, feeding until the damage becomes extensive enough to be noticed. Termites eat wood 24/7, using their saw-toothed jaws to bite off small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, subterranean termites can critically damage a building structure, sometimes causing a total collapse. Subterranean termites threaten homeowners across the country, as they’re found in every state in the U.S except Alaska.

Even a smaller colony, at 60,000 workers, has the ability to eat 1/5 ounce—or 5 grams—of wood each day. At this rate, a “small” subterranean termite colony could completely consume 2.3 feet of a 2x4 wood board in one year alone. Over time, subterranean termites can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. Subterranean termite colonies can grow quickly and can often go years undetected, allowing them to cause costly and significant damage without homeowners even having a single clue.

 

Termite Control In Potomac MD

Miche Pest Control provides termite control services in Potomac MD and the surrounding areas. We get rid of termites fast by combining termite bait stations with direct treatment of areas with termite damage and live termites, providing fast relief from termite infestations as well as lasting protection from existing and future termite populations. Included in your first termite control service from Miche Pest Control:

  • Spot Treatment Of Areas With Termite Damage
  • Spot Treatment Of Areas With Live Termites
  • Installation Of Termite Bait Stations For Lasting Protection

This service plan provides year round protection from subterranean termites. We use products that are registered with the EPA, and labeled for use around homes, hospitals, day cares, and pet kennels. The first service is designed to get rid of an existing termite infestation, and immediately starts working to keep termites from coming back after they've been eliminated. The bait stations are loaded with enough bait to last a year - that's why we do at least one service per year, and more if you need. If you're having issues with termites in between regular services, just let us know and we'll go back out in between services at no extra cost.

 

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Potomac MD

Potomac is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Maryland, named after the nearby Potomac River. In 2013, CNNMoney listed Potomac as the most affluent town with more than 25,000 residents in the United States, based on median household income. According to Forbes, Potomac is also the seventh most educated small town in America, based on percentage of residents with postsecondary degrees. Bloomberg Businessweek labeled Potomac as the twenty-ninth-richest zip code in the United States in 2011, stating that it had the largest population of any U.S. town with a median income of more than $240,000. In 2012, The Higley Elite 100 published a list of highest-income neighborhoods by mean household income, which included four neighborhoods in Potomac; one of these neighborhoods, "Carderock - The Palisades" was ranked the highest-income neighborhood in the United States, followed by "Beverly Hills - North of Sunset" in Beverly Hills, California and "Swinks Mill - Dominion Reserve" of McLean, Virginia. More recently, two Potomac neighborhoods were ranked among the ten wealthiest neighborhoods in the country by CNBC in 2014. In 2018, data from the American Community Survey revealed that Potomac was the sixth-wealthiest city in the United States. Many Potomac residents work in nearby Washington DC.

The land that is now Potomac Village was first settled by Edward Offutt in 1714 after he was granted a 600-acre land grant "Clewerwell" by Lord Baltimore. His grant of land was by the Tehogee Indian Trail, an Indian trade route built by the Canaze Indian nation in 1716. Throughout the 18th century, what became known as Offutts Crossroads was a small, rural community which served planters and travelers. In the 19th century, a few small dwellings had been built along with a tavern established in 1820. By the time of the Civil War, the community contained two general stores, a blacksmith shop, and a post office which served a community of 100. Offutts Crossroads was renamed Potomac in 1881 by John McDonald. An Irishman and veteran of the Civil War, McDonald settled in Potomac around that time. He petitioned for the name change since postal officials were asking for brief names and there were already several other communities in the area with the name "crossroads".

 

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