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If stinging and biting insects are damaging your property or restricting your living habits, call us at 800-496-2337. Emergency or priority service is also available if you need your stinging and biting insect problem handled immediately.

Bee Removal | Mosquitoes/Ticks | Bed Bugs | Stink Bugs | General Pest Control

• Serving DC, Maryland and Virginia since 1981
• Specializing in stinging and biting insect problems
• Season-long GUARANTEE for bee removal
• Bed bug control
• Mosquito control
• Fast, professional and effective treatments
• Locally owned and operated
• Bonded and insured

Occassional encounters with bees, wasps and hornets are inevitable and stinging insects are beneficial, but they can be a problem when they choose a nest site too close to your home. Most "problem" insects are social rather than solitary. This means that large numbers work and live together in the same nest. The nests may be built in or around human dwellings, making frequent encounters more likely. A person's proximity to the nest also increases their chance of being attacked by multiple individuals. Even solitary-nesting insects can be a nuisance. For example, carpentar bees tunnel into wood structures, and cicada killer wasps excavate burrows in the lawn. Nest removal and methods of treatment vary depending on the specific insect and location of the nest. See the section on Nest Removal & Treatment below.
Bee Removal
NEST REMOVAL & TREATMENT
There is no way to eradicate stinging insects completely. However, problem situations can usually be eliminated by removing nests built in or near your home. It does little good to control individuals, because a whole summer's supply is always available from the nearest nest. Before the problem insect(s) can be controlled, they are identified and the nest(s) is located. If the nest cannot be found, we will not spray. Insecticides will be applied to nest areas in most situations. Only approved pesticides are used and in the smallest quantities possible to effectively handle the problem.


Above-Ground Nests
Most wasps and hornets attach their nests to a stationary object - under the eaves of your house, inside an unused car, on a tree limb or within a shrub. An appropriate treatment is applied directly into the nest. This application will effectively kill all nest occupants. Some workers are likely to be out foraging. A dusting of insecticide will be applied to a small area around the nest in order to kill stragglers as they return to the nest. If the insects rebuild the nest, the procedure will be repeated at no extra cost. In the case of honey bees, the nest and queen will be removed, intact if possible, and offered to local beekeepers. The worker bees will follow their queen, allowing effective control of honey bees without harm to the colony.

Below-Ground Nests
A few of our common stinging insects make their nests underground. These include yellow jackets, bumble bees, mining bees and cicada killers. Cicada killers and mining bees in particular can do a great deal of damage to the lawn, so it is advisable to eradicate them as soon as possible. For these two solitary insects, a general application of approved insecticide over the affected area will usually be sufficient to control the problem. Recommendations to limit the possibility of reinfestation are given at this time. Yellow jacket and bumble bee nests will be individually treated. An appropriate insecticide is applied directly into the nest. We will then remove the infestation so that it cannot regenerate.

Nests Inside Walls
If you believe you have a nest inside the walls of you home, please call immediately. The workers chew wallboard and may actually break through into your living area. A yellowish stain is usually apparent on the wall shortly before this occurs. Several types of stinging insects may build nests inside walls or attach their nests to the inside walls of a building. Once the outside entrance hole has been located treatment may begin. The outside entrance is never blocked, because this may drive agitated individuals into the building. This treatment is usually effective in killing all or most individuals.

Honey bees often make nests inside walls. As with above-ground honey bee nests, if accessible, the nest and bees will be removed without harm to the colony. This will not always be possible. If the nest must be destroyed, the same methods as described above will be used.

All nests inside populated buildings should be completely removed even if this requires carpentry. Nests are often occupied by dermestid beetles that can infest and damage dwellings. Insect remains may cause an odor problem as they decay and can attract other pests. Nest removal is even more important in the case of honey bees and should be completed almost immediately due to the potential damage from melting wax. Honey in the hive may also attract a variety of other pests.

In Wood
Carpenter bees bore into wooden structures and create a network of tunnels in which they lay their eggs. They are not quick to sting, but over time can do damage to homes, lawn furniture and lumber if left unchecked. Each entrance hole is treated with a direct application of pesticide to prevent eggs and larvae from maturing. About one month after treatment, all holes should be filled with a silicon caulk.

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CAUTION: THIS REALLY SHOULD BE LEFT TO PROFESSIONALS
Problems of Nest Removal
The carbon dioxide you exhale alerts insects to your presence. If you are regarded as a threat or if you smash an individual, a chemical danger signal will be emitted. Any other members of the colony close enough to pick up this signal, will join in an attack against the intruder - you. Obviously, this could be a very painful situation. It is also dangerous. While one or two stings is usually not a great threat to people without an allergy to the venom, too many stings can be a danger to anyone. Some wasps attack an intruder's face or spray venom at the eyes, which can cause blindness. Normal localized swelling can even be life-threatening when the victim is stung near the throat.

Problems with Insecticides
Pesticides can be dangerous when sprayed liberally or in poorly ventilated areas. They should not be inhaled in large quantities or for an extended period of time. They are also potentially flammable under certain conditions. Today's homes are well insulated and may have central climate control systems that restrict fresh air exchange. Filtration units do not intercept poisonous dusts used for indoor insect control. Homeowners should be conscious of the residual affects of chemicals used within the home. Wasp and hornet spray is especially dangerous. The pressurizing component is propane, a highly flammable gas that has caused house fires. Your best protection is to read the labels and use common sense.

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When a hornet or wasp stings, it injects a protein based venom under the skin. The venom usually will cause local swellings and itching for several days. Persons with a history of allergies or those who develop more severe sting reactions, (i.e. stomach disorders, difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting) should seek prompt medical attention. Physicians advise persons known to be allergic to venom to have antihistamine tablets, or even adrenalin injections, readily available. For others, antihistamine ointments or cold compresses may slow the spread of venom and provide relief from excessive swelling. For more information, click here.
MOSQUITOES/TICKS
Mosquitoes and ticks are considered vectors of certain serious diseases. Mosquitoes are well-known as vectors of West Nile disease, malaria, encephalitis, etc. and ticks for Lyme disease. Most of homeowners would like to enjoy their outdoors to the fullest, and unless a pest control professional is hired to significantly reduce the above pests, a choice has to be made between outdoor fun and the possibility of catching the above-mentioned diseases. If you would like to fully enjoy your home’s outdoor, have as much fun as you wish and deserve in a mosquito-free environment, contact Us- the only company specializing in stinging and biting insects in Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1981!


Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are well known as annoying biting pests and vectors of disease-causing agents to humans and other animals. Mosquitoes can be very annoying, their bites can produce itchy welts, and the bites of some species are painful to certain individuals. "Quality of life" can be reduced in areas with high numbers of biting mosquitoes. Mosquitoes also are vectors (transmitters) of several viruses that can cause severe disease and even death in humans, including West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis Virus, LaCrosse Encephalitis Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, and Western Equine Encephalitis Virus.

Adult mosquitoes emerge from pupal cases at the water surface. Males typically emerge 2-3 days before females from the same group of eggs. Males feed on a sugar source, not blood, mate, perhaps with multiple females, and usually die within several days. Females feed on a sugar source, mate, feed on blood, and eventually lay eggs. The process of blood feeding and egg laying may be repeated several times by a single female in her lifetime. Females live a few weeks to several months, depending on the species.

Larvae of most nuisance and vector species develop in habitats directly or indirectly associated with human activities; Homeowners can take the following steps to prevent mosquito breeding on their own property:
  1. Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns or in pet dishes for more than 2 days.
  2. Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs. Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or eliminate puddles that remain for several days.
  3. Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week and stock ornamental pools with top feeding predacious minnows.
  4. Eliminate standing water around animal watering troughs. Flush livestock water troughs twice a week.
  5. Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to drain the water.
  6. Check around construction sites or do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading prevent drainage problems.
  7. Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.
  8. If ditches do not flow and contain stagnant water for one week or longer, they can produce large numbers of mosquitoes. Report such conditions to a Mosquito Control or Public Health Office. Do not attempt to clear these ditches because they may be protected by wetland regulations.
Source: http://www.mosquito.org/control
http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/insects/mosquito.html


Ticks
Ticks are well known bloodsucking external parasites of humans, pets, livestock, and wild animals. They also are vectors of a wide variety of disease-causing organisms to animals and are second only to mosquitoes in terms of public health importance. Ticks are wingless and possess a single, oval body region that is relatively flat (except when filled with blood). Adults and nymphs have eight legs; larvae have only six legs. The so-called "head" of a tick includes structures involved in feeding, together known as the "capitulum." It consists of a pair of leg-like sensory structures known as "palps" that enable the tick to detect an approaching host, a pair of knife-like structures known as "chelicerae" that cut an opening in the host skin, and a single barbed structure known as a "hypostome" that enters this opening. The hypostome becomes anchored in the host flesh when the tick takes a blood meal.

The act of blood feeding by a hard tick results in a "feeding wound." As it begins to feed, a tick secretes saliva containing compounds that increase blood flow, prevent clotting, and suppress the host's immune response. Ticks imbibe the blood that pools in the wound. At the same time, they regurgitate excess water that has been extracted from the blood meal into the wound. This process increases the possibility for the transmission of pathogens from a tick to its animal host. Transmission of a pathogen typically does not occur until an infected tick has attached and fed for at least 24 hours, and transmission of some pathogens does not begin until an infected tick has fed for 48 hours or more.

Hard ticks are found in habitats that support large numbers of vertebrate hosts, such as mammals, ground-dwelling birds, and lizards. Some of the most productive habitats are moist woodlands and areas of vegetation around the edge of forests, along forest trails, and in grassy fields. Additional habitats include areas surrounding power line routes made through forests, in and around campgrounds, and in abandoned grassy yards in urban areas. Ticks also are found in tall grass associated with interstate rest areas where pets are allowed to walk.

As soon as possible after an outing in tick habitat, remove clothing and conduct a thorough check of it and your body. Male and female adult ticks can wander on a host for up to several hours before they attach. This is why a thorough body check, paying particular attention to areas such as the head, underarm, and groin, can discover adult ticks before they begin to feed. Keep in mind, however, that larvae and nymphs rarely are seen because they are very small and usually translucent. This is why the preventative measures outlined above should be followed.
http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/insects/tick.html

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BED BUGS


One thing to keep in mind when it comes to bed bug infestation is the fact that people literally lose sleep because of those pests. First of all, bed bugs are masters of hiding: A thorough inspection is needed to confirm the infestation. Second, although their bites are painless, they can cause severe to allergic reaction in some people. Third, you might have multiple causes of infestation –a book from local library, a hotel room stay during recent travel, public transportation or kids’ school backpack, just to name a few.

Moreover, you are unable to hide in one section of your house and seal the infested room since you are their food source, and they follow and find you wherever you are in your house. Their size allows them to travel from room to room and even from apartment to apartment with ease: there is no practical way of blocking their way. Therefore, we recommend people suspecting bed bug infestation sleep in their beds and not to sleep in other rooms since these rooms and pieces of furniture will also be infested.

Time is of essence when it comes to bed bug infestation. They multiple at a rapid pace: the sooner you start the inspection and treatment process the more effective the bed bug treatment program and the less your suffering.

As mentioned earlier, people literally lose sleep because of the bed bugs. Inability to sleep at night, emotional distress and development of helplessness syndrome, are the main characteristics of people whose homes are infested by bed bugs. As a result, people lose their PEACE of MIND. It is a concept not subject to any monetary evaluation, so if you would like to regain your PEACE of MIND contact us
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Description
Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long, oval, reddish-brown, and wingless. Their body is very flat, and they possess long, slender legs and antennae. They have a long, segmented proboscis (beak) that extends forward when the bug takes a blood meal.

Bed bugs develop from egg to adult via a process called "gradual metamorphosis." This means the last larval stage develops directly into an adult without passing through a non-feeding pupal stage. There are five larval stages, and each one requires a blood meal before molting into the next life cycle stage. Both adult male and female bed bugs feed on blood and take repeated blood meals during their lives. Females require blood for the development of eggs.

The five larval stages are completed in about a month under suitable conditions of temperature, humidity, and availability of hosts for blood meals. Larvae can survive inside dwellings for several months without a blood meal, but they do not molt into the next life cycle stage until they engorge on blood. Adults can survive even longer under the same conditions, but, again, do not develop eggs unless they feed on blood.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found Inside Dwellings?
Bed bugs typically are active at night and hide during the daytime. Being very flat, they are able to find a wide variety of places in which to hide. Typical hiding places include beneath loose flooring, behind loose wallpaper, inside box springs, in mattresses, and in upholstered furniture. One common hiding place in hotel rooms is behind bed headboards that are fastened to the wall and another is behind moldings just above the floor. Bed bugs also hide behind electric switch plates and inside appliances. However, sites that have surfaces consisting of plaster, stone, and metal typically do not harbor bed bugs.

How Do Humans Influence Bed Bug Development and Dispersal?
Human dwellings provide bed bugs with a place to live and access to a source of blood meals. Bed bugs commonly infest larger buildings such as apartments, dorms, prisons, and theaters, but they also can occur in individual hotel rooms and in private homes. There is a common misconception that bed bug infestations occur only in poorly constructed and poorly maintained buildings with unsanitary conditions. However, this is not the case, as explained below. Modern construction has aided the spread of infestations by enabling bed bugs to move from room to room via central heating ducts.

Humans can aid the dispersal of bed bugs from one structure to another via the movement of infested bedding, furniture, and packing materials. Even more widespread dispersal is associated with the movement of travelers via infested clothing, luggage, and lap top computers. International travelers from countries that have heavy bed bug infestations can be a source of bed bug infestations in hotel rooms, and there has been an increasing incidence of bed bugs in lodging establishments around the world, including in the U.S. Bed bugs do not require unsanitary conditions, and bed bugs do not discriminate between economy or luxury hotel rooms. Bed bugs only need a source of blood provided by humans, and they can exist in the cleanest hotels, motels, apartments, and homes.

What Should I Know About the Feeding Habits of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs feed on warm-blooded animals. They have a normal host with which they live and on which they feed, but they will feed on other species. For example, bed bug larvae and adults feed readily on humans, bats, and chickens, and they do so when the host is at rest. Thus bed bugs living with humans typically feed at night while a person sleeps, but they also will feed during the day in dark structures such as infested theaters with upholstered seats. Male and female adults usually feed every 3-4 days and become engorged with blood in about 10-15 minutes.

Bed bugs detect carbon dioxide emitted from warm-blooded animals and respond to warmth and moisture as they approach the potential host. On humans, they tend to feed on exposed surfaces such as the face, neck, arms, and hands. Again, the bites are painless, and the host typically is not disturbed while bed bugs feed.
Source: http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/insects/bedbug.html

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STINK BUGS

Description
Generally thought of as an agricultural pest, stink bugs will readily take up residence around any garden or landscape rich with plants and lowers. Stink bugs have a shield shaped body which is very wide and measure about 1/2 inch long. The most common species range in color from green to brown.

The eggs are elliptical (1.6 x 1.3 mm), light yellow to yellow-red with minute spines forming fine lines. They are attached, side-by-side, to the underside of leaves in masses of 20 to 30 eggs.

Damage
In its native range, it feeds on a wide variety of host plants. Fruits attacked include apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus fruits and persimmons. This true bug has also been reported on many ornamental plants, weeds, and soybeans. Feeding on tree fruits such as apple results in a characteristic distortion referred to as “cat facing,” that renders the fruit unmarketable.. Stink bugs may be predators of other insects. However, they will readily resort to plants, fruits and vegetables if no other food is around. Don't be mislead into thinking any stink bug is a good bug. A few around the garden won't do a big deal. Yet, if you have them eating the very produce you are trying to grow, the damage they do will quickly ruin all your effort.

Furthermore, Not only can they emit an odor which "stinks" but many people have an allergic reaction to this secretion. Try not to handle them: not only will they release that nasty smell but many species are able to inflict a nasty bite!

Leave the control of stink bugs to professionals.

Control
Before Bugs Enter a Building: Mechanical exclusion is the best method to keep stink bugs from entering homes and buildings. Cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes, behind chimneys, and underneath the wood fascia and other openings should be sealed with good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. Damaged screens on doors and windows should be repaired or replaced.

After Stink Bugs Have Entered the Structure:
If numerous bugs are entering the living areas of the home, attempt to locate the openings where the insects gain access. Typically, stink bugs will emerge from cracks under or behind baseboards, around window and door trim, and around exhaust fans or lights in ceilings. Seal these openings with caulk or other suitable materials to prevent the insects from crawling out.

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GENERAL PEST CONTROL

Along with stinging and biting insect removal, The Beekeepers will also offer general pest control services through home protection plan. Damage by pests can be divided into 2 categories 1) disrupting your and your family's well-being and 2) harm one of your biggest investment- your home.

First of all, comfort and happiness of anyone's family is hard to overestimate. Infectious diseases, painful bites and stings, allergic reactions to those stings, loss of sleep and psychological distress can significantly undermine your family's health, comfort and well-being and thus disrupt your overall well-being.

Second, some pests, such as carpenter ants, carpenter bees, honeybees, yellow jackets, rodents, etc are capable of causing structural damage to your home. This can result in considerable monetary expense in terms of repair costs.

Having all this in mind, we strongly believe that pest control is not only about eliminating pests, it is also an important service that helps our customers regain their PEACE of MIND! Contact Us if you would like to learn how thankful The Beekeepers team is for the opportunity to help you repossess your Peace of MIND by offering general pest control solutions.

We offer once-a-year stinging insect inspection and treatment, twice-a-year ant and stinging insect treatment, and seasonal (four times a year) general pest control programs. Contact Us if you are interested in general pest control and mosquito/tick control combination program.

Covered pests
  • Ants
  • Millipeds
  • Bees
  • Silverfish
  • Wasps
  • Firebrats
  • Hornets
  • Boxelder bugs
  • Spiders
  • Pill bugs
  • Mice
  • Centipedes
  • Rats
  • Caterpillars

Four Seasonal Services

Spring
  • Treat around the perimeter of the house
  • Treat around the door and window frames
  • Spray eaves
  • Stinging insect inspection
  • Make Suggestions on pest preventative measures
Summer
  • Stinging insect inspection
  • Treat around the perimeter of the house
  • Treat around the door and window frames
  • Spray shutters and eaves
  • Check under the decks
  • Make Suggestions on pest preventative measures
Fall
  • Stinging insect inspection
  • Set rodent control program
  • Treat around the perimeter of the house
  • Treat around the door and window frames
  • Spray shutters and eaves
  • Check under the decks
  • Make Suggestions on pest preventative measures
Winter
  • Pest evaluation
  • Place granular around the perimeter
  • Free inspection for termites (does not include the treatment of termites)
  • Treat for mice
  • Make recommendations as to how to block entry of the overwintering pests


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