Pittsburgh PA Pest Control Services
Relief For Ants, Mice, Termites And Other Pests
Even before Pittsburgh had its first gas station and even before Forbes Field was built, we were on the job seeking out and eliminating pests in Pittsburgh’s many neighborhoods. In 1908, Harry Witt started our locally owned and operated pest control company with the simple philosophy to give people the best service possible at a fair price. Today, we continue to follow in Harry’s footsteps offering Pittsburgh the most advanced pest control practices and techniques to resolve ants, spiders and other common household pests as well as bed bugs, termites and more. No matter how big or small your pest problem may be, you can trust the expertise of Witt Pest Management.
Witt Pest Management
3351 Bigelow Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Wood Destroying insect Activity Increasing In Pittsburgh
Let’s hear it for surviving another Pittsburgh winter and the polar vortex that brought record low temperatures. Spring has arrived and with it the warm weather that has many in the Steel City jumping for joy or at least smiling a bit more. We would be remiss if we didn’t point out one, not so positive thing… All this great weather hasn’t escaped the notice of bugs. That’s right, insects are on the move. While some are more annoying than anything else, there are a few insects that we want to take a moment to call attention to and they would be wood destroying insects. This designation can only be earned by insects that not only infest wood but cause damage. Termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees all have earned their way into this not so admirable group. They are structural pests that will cause damage to homes and businesses if left untreated. Let’s take a closer look at each pest.
Have you ever visited Animal Kingdom down in Florida and seen those crazy big termite mounds rising up from the ground on the safari ride? Yeah, those aren’t the termites in Pittsburgh. Here we have subterranean termites. These bugs live in colonies underground and use tunnels and mud tubes to travel from their nest to their food source. They do so to escape drying out which would happen if they spent too long above ground. Sure, they’re beneficial in their natural environment but in our structures, not so much. We put together a few reasons why we (and you should) hate termites.
They cause more damage than fires, tornadoes and earthquakes combined every year and that’s only in the U.S. To put a dollar value on the termite damage, the NPMA estimates several billions.
They NEVER stop working. Seriously, they are active 24/7, seeking out rotten or damaged wood to feed on. The worker termites tunnel away in secret, returning to the colony with food to feed the rest of the colony
They swarm. Reproductive members of a termite colony will move on from an existing colony, In Pittsburgh, this phenomenon typically occurs in the Spring. Winged termites, also called termite swarmers, leave their colony to find a mate and begin a new colony.
So what’s a property owner to do if they discover mud tubes along the foundation of their structure, have walls that sound hollow when tapped or actually watch a swarm inside the building or on their property? Contact Witt Pest Management, we offer the most comprehensive termite control in Pittsburgh. We’ll help you stop the destruction and also prevent new termite activity from occurring.
Unlike pavement ants, acrobat ants and other nuisance ants, carpenter ants are large black ants that infest the wood of homes and businesses in our region. Though they aren’t quite as destructive as termites, they should not be ignored. Carpenter ants also create colonies outside but move inside looking for food. They’ll tunnel through the structure, creating galleries for nesting. While they work on expanding their population, they must eat. And wood is not on their menu. Nope, they like protein and sugar. Other insects and honeydew from aphids and other scale insects is what they’ll eat outdoors but inside they feed on meat, jelly and other foods containing sugar. If you’ve noticed tiny holes with a sawdust like substance on the floor below, you might have a carpenter ant problem. Find out for sure by contacting us. Our TopCare home pest control program offers ongoing pest protection from household pests including carpenter ants. Plus, we offer three levels of protection so you can choose the coverage that best suits your needs and your budget.
These stinging insects probably cause the least amount of damage of the three insects. And unlike termites and carpenter ants, carpenter bees are solitary creatures. You won’t find a nest filled with these pests. Instead you are likely to discover holes in your deck, roof eaves, windowsills and other unpainted or untreated wood. Getting back to the damage they cause, Penn State Entomology says this “While the damage to wood from the drilling activities of a single bee is slight, the subsequent year's broods will expand the tunnel through branching activities and may cause considerable structural damage.” We would also point out that woodpeckers are attracted to wood infested by carpenter bees because they feed on their larvae. The result is more damage. The Pittsburgh exterminators at Witt have the most advanced technology and tools at their disposal and can help you address carpenter bees and other stinging insect activity on your property. Give us a call to learn more.
Home Pest Control In Pittsburgh
In addition to protecting against wood destroying insects, Witt offers home pest control services in Pittsburgh that target all the usual house-infesting pests including ants, spiders, mice and stink bugs. As we mentioned above, our TopCare program is actually three different plans. We realize that every home is different and your budget might be a deciding factor in your decision. That’s why we offer comprehensive home pest solutions starting at $32 a month. You get year-round pest control services, no additional cost treatment between visits if there’s a problem, no hassle scheduling and many other benefits. Find out more about TopCare today, please contact us.
Commercial Pest Control For Pittsburgh Businesses
We might be known as the Steel City but that’s not the only industry in Pittsburgh. This metropolitan is home to a wide variety of businesses and industries and, at Witt, we help them all. We’ve dubbed our commercial program SmartPM because it is so much more than simply spraying chemical at the problem. It is an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach that not only reduces pesticide usage but also the cost. We focus on early detection and correction of the conditions that typically lead to pest problems instead of simply eradicating pests we see at every visit. You can learn more about SmartPM by clicking here or just reach out to us. Your company has nothing to lose except flies, roaches and other pests.
Additional Services Offered In Pittsburgh PA
In addition to the services highlighted above, Witt Pest Management also offers bed bug treatments, fly control, odor control and much more. If we’ve not mentioned your specific pest problem, just give us a shout to find out how we can help you get rid of your pest(s).