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 a 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
(412) 681-1900

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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 you can just reach out to us.  Your company has nothing to lose except flies, roaches and other pests. 

 

Pittsburgh Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs are a persistent pest problem, one that can lead to significant stress for homeowners and business owners alike.  At Witt Pest Management, we’re no strangers to bed bugs. In fact, we’ve been eliminating them from homes and businesses in Greater Pittsburgh for several years.  Our team of Pittsburgh bed bug control professionals have the tools, knowledge and experience to get rid of bed bug activity- completely.  Our services include:

Not sure if you have a bed bug problem? Witt Pest Management offers comprehensive visual inspections performed by highly trained bed bug inspectors.  We also have a team of trained Pittsburgh bed bug dogs that have been certified by two independent, nationally recognized organizations. 

To learn more about our bed bug control services for Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, please reach out today!  And don’t forget to check out our Google reviews to be sure you’ve selected the right Pittsburgh pest control company!

 

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.

 

Termites In Pittsburgh 

Have you ever visited the 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.

  1. 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 billion.

  2. 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

  3. 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.  

 

Carpenter Ants

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.  Outdoors they will eat other insects and honeydew from aphids and other scale insects 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.  

 

Carpenter Bees

These stinging insects probably cause the least amount of damage to 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 that is 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.

Additional Pest Solutions Offered In Pittsburgh PA

In addition to the services highlighted above, Witt Pest Management also offers 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). Call or contact us here today!

 

PREVENTING MOSQUITOES IN PITTSBURGH, PA

Mosquitoes in Pittsburgh are more than just a nuisance. While their constant buzzing can be annoying and the bites they leave behind can leave you scratching for days, the real problem they pose comes from the many dangerous and even deadly diseases they carry. Mosquitoes are known to spread yellow fever, malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and dengue fever - just to name a few. 

Understanding how mosquitoes work is an essential part of adequately preventing them. Female mosquitoes need your blood to nourish their eggs. If you are outside, they will find you. The CO2 emitted when you breathe and the smell of your skin when you are outside attracts mosquitoes. There is not much you can do about that, so you have to protect yourself. You are always a target for mosquitoes, and so is everyone else around you. That creates a dangerous problem.

Here are some things you can do to prepare for mosquito season around your home:

  • Eliminate potential breeding pools: Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, or slowly moving water. Within 7 to 10 days, those eggs hatch. To reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard, eliminate sources of standing water by emptying buckets, children's toys, pet food bowls, clogged gutters, and anything else that's collecting water.
  • Add mosquito-eating fish to bodies of water: If you have small ponds on your property, add fish and frogs! They'll eat the mosquito eggs and live mosquitoes.
  • Use natural mosquito deterrents: Mosquitoes don't like the smell of citronella oil. Plant citronella plants around your yard to discourage mosquitoes. You can also plant catnip, lemon balm, basil, marigolds, and horsemint to help deter mosquitoes.
  • Use bug spray with DEET: When going outdoors, apply mosquito repellent with DEET to your clothing and exposed areas of skin, which works wonders to repel mosquitoes. 

While these do-it-yourself methods for reducing mosquitoes around your home are somewhat useful, unfortunately, due to the risks of contracting serious diseases from mosquitoes – professional mosquito control solutions are necessary. While mosquitoes cannot be completely eliminated from your property, having seasonal mosquito control services in place will drastically reduce the mosquito population at your property and reduce your risks for mosquito-borne diseases.

If you’re worried about mosquitoes around your home, or are currently experiencing an infestation of buzzing, biting mosquitoes, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Witt Pest Management for help. Contact us today to learn more about why Pittsburgh homeowners trust professional mosquito control from Witt. 

 

TICK PREVENTION STEPS FOR PITTSBURGH PET OWNERS

Ticks are everywhere in Pennsylvania, but they can cause serious problems when they move from forests and wooded areas into the homes and yards of Pittsburgh residents. When ticks move in, with them comes an increase in many tick-borne diseases that spell nothing but bad news for your family and pets. The most common worry is probably Lyme Disease but there is also a possibility of other infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and tularemia to name a few.

Ticks usually find their way into your yard by attaching themselves to wildlife that is around. Raccoons, squirrels, deer, and even birds are typical hosts to ticks. If these animals are frequent visitors, it is likely that they have left a tick or two behind. The tick then hides in the cooler underbrush, long grass, or garden areas around your home. Then, when the family pet or a member of your family is outside playing, gardening, mowing the lawn, or involving themselves in a thousand other activities that we all do in the warmer months, a tick can easily crawl onto a new host, find a location, and feed without anyone realizing they are there. This is why it is so important that each member of your household, including your favorite furry friend, be checked over thoroughly for these sneaky critters.

Preventing ticks isn’t easy, but there are ways to do it. Here are some helpful tips you should try around your Pittsburgh home:

  • Make sure that the grass is kept short
  • Keep the lawn tidy and dispose of any debris in the yard
  • Discourage wild animals from finding your property attractive by removing bird feeders and sources of water
  • Keep trash stored in tightly-sealed containers where foraging animals can’t get into them
  • Avoid thick wooded areas and tall grasses while outside
  • Wear light-colored long-sleeve shirts and pants tucked into your boots or socks when you go outdoors
  • Use insect repellent when outdoors for long periods of time
  • Get your pets regular check-ups at the veterinarian to check for any signs of ticks
  • Bathe and apply tick treatments to pets on a regular basis 
  • Search your pets’ skin and fur for any ticks when they come in from outside
  • Seal off any potential entry points that ticks could use to get into your home, such as holes or gaps in your walls and/or siding

Unfortunately, once ticks invade the yard, they’re almost impossible to remove for homeowners acting on their own. Luckily, you don’t have to act alone: contact the pest professionals at Witt Pest Management for help. 

Witt Pest Management has years of experience keep homes across Pennsylvania safe from ticks and other pests. If you’re worried about ticks invading your Pittsburgh yard, contact us today and find out why a professional tick treatment might be the perfect long-term solution for your home. 

 

ESSENTIAL ANT PREVENTION TIPS FOR PITTSBURGH, PA RESIDENTS

If you’ve been in Pennsylvania for the summer, you’re no stranger to the numerous ant hills that dot yards when the weather warms up. Homes in Pittsburgh are subject to infestations by a number of different ant species, including acrobat ants, citronella ants, crazy ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants, and the infamous carpenter ants

While most ants are considered nuisance pests, they can nevertheless cause serious problems in the home. They contaminate any piece of food they come into contact with, and can create electrical problems by chewing into wiring. Carpenter ants are another story entirely, leaving damage comparable to termites that can be devastating to your home.

If you’re worried about ants getting into your Pittsburgh property, try these preventive steps to stop them:

  • Do not leave any food out overnight
  • Keep all food in the home stored in sealed containers, refrigerated if possible
  • Clean up any spilled food or drinks immediately
  • Vacuum the floors and carpets regularly
  • Sanitize your countertops and other surfaces regularly to eliminate any ant pheromone trails 
  • Wash the dishes regularly and do not leave dirty dishes in the dishwasher
  • Keep pet food stored off the ground in sealed containers
  • Clean pet food and water bowls daily
  • Seal any gaps in your home’s walls or siding with caulk 
  • Clear tree limbs and other vegetation back well away from the home’s exterior 

There are also some tips specific to carpenter ants that you can use to your advantage:

  • Remove any sources of excess moisture throughout your home that could lead to water-damaged wood
  • Seal any gaps around exterior wires or pipes, or in siding
  • Remove and repair any existing damaged or hole-filled wood throughout the home
  • Keep wood and compost piles stored at least 20 feet away from your home’s exterior 
  • Remove any rotting trees or tree stumps from your yard 
  • Ensure your gutters and drains are working effectively and moving water away from your home’s base 

Unfortunately, while these steps can go a long way toward minimizing your risk for ant infestations as much as possible, ants are an unfortunate part of life for many Pittsburgh residents. Luckily, when prevention fails, Witt Pest Management is here to help.

At Witt Pest Management, our licensed and certified pest control technicians have all the tools they need to make ant infestations disappear. Our professional ant treatments are the perfect solution to keep your property protected against ants both today and well into the future. Contact us today for more information. 

 

KEEPING RODENTS OUT OF YOUR PITTSBURGH, PA HOME

Rodents like rats and mice are a pest no one wants to have, for a number of reasons. For one thing, they chew constantly. Rodents have incisors that never stop growing, which means they must continually chew in order to keep them a manageable size. In your home, this means that they’ll start chewing on your possessions and ruining your property. Not only will mice and rats chew on your possessions, they’ll also chew on your house itself, including pipes or electrical wiring. This can lead to water damage and even turn your home into a fire hazard. 

They also carry a number of direct dangers. Rats and mice are known to carry a number of diseases, some potentially fatal, that can be transmitted to humans through bites or the waste. They also have oil on their fur that gets left behind any time they rub against a surface, which can cause allergic reactions in many people. Mice and rats also leave urine and feces nearly everywhere they go, including on your counters, in your cabinets, and on your food. If that wasn’t enough, they also carry parasites inside with them, which can include fleas, ticks, mites, and worse. 

It should come as no surprise then, that preventing rodents from getting inside needs to be a necessity for any Pittsburgh homeowner. Here are some tips you should start using immediately to limit your risk for rodent invasion:

  • Take out the trash on a regular basis and place garbage in tightly sealed containers away from your home
  • Seal any holes or gaps in your home’s walls and siding that rodents could use to get inside
  • Do not leave any food out 
  • Clean up any spilled food or drinks immediately 
  • Vacuum the floors and carpets regularly
  • Keep foliage cut back away from your home so that rodents can not use it as a bridge to your home’s walls or roofline
  • Keep all food in the home stored in sealed containers
  • Keep the home clear of any clutter or debris that rodents could use to hide inside or make nest material out of

Unfortunately, once rodents get into a home, they never come out on their own. They’re also notoriously difficult to eliminate for homeowners working on their own, and due to the numerous hazards they present, the prospect of removing them on your own could even be dangerous.

For the best results, you are always best off contacting a professional pest control provider for help when rodents invade. At Witt Pest Management, we have years of experience keeping Pennsylvania homes rodent-free. Contact us today and find out why professional rodent removal is the best solution to get any and all rodents out of your Pittsburgh home and keep them out for the future.