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I'm a licensed and experienced pest control professional and owner of BioTech Pest Management, a small team of experts who specialize in treating for rodent, pest, and wildlife local to the Washington DC region.

December 8, 2016

Rat Inspection at a Residential Property in Northwest Washington DC

By |2018-09-28T11:26:10+00:00December 8th, 2016|

This video shows how we inspect for rat infestation, in this case at a residential property in Northwest Washington DC.

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Inspection and Finding

A thorough inspection uncovered two main entry points through which rats might invade the property. Two key findings helped us identify the problem and the solution.

  • Finding #1
    Brown spots around an unsealed wooden basement door led us to the conclusion that this was the rodents’ entry point.
  • Finding #2
    We also found a big opening through the access point where pipework entered the building. […]

Crazy Sewer Rat Infestation in Storage Area of Alexandria Virginia House

By |2018-09-28T11:44:08+00:00December 6th, 2016|


A customer in Alexandria, Virginia contacted us about a rat infestation in the storage area of their home. Another company had been working on the issue for three weeks, yet the infestation had remained serious.

Solution and Suggestion

Droppings and activity marks strongly suggested a sewer rat infestation. Rats had pulled down packaging, using these materials for nesting. Simply continuing with the laying of bait is not a solution in such situations. We recommended the customer raise the concrete layer preventing rats from digging new holes through the soft foundation and […]

October 19, 2016

Mice Nesting in the Couch in Northeast DC House

By |2018-09-28T12:03:25+00:00October 19th, 2016|

A customer in Northeast Washington DC reported mice nesting in a couch. A pest control company had attended in the past but the problem kept recurring. So they called us for a second opinion.

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Inspection

Two mice carcasses fell out of the sofa on first inspection. A deeper inspection revealed a mouse nest inside the couch. Simply treating the couch would not be enough — a permanent solution involved tracking their entry points to the house and sealing them.

We identified three main […]

Rats Nesting in Yard of a Northwest Washington DC Home

By |2018-09-28T12:23:29+00:00October 19th, 2016|

The discovery of rats started when the tenant of one customer in Northwest Washington DC reported hearing noises in a basement ceiling. The video shows how we identified the problem and makes suggestions for prevention.

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Inspection

The discovery of burrows at the property indicated a severe rat infestation. Four issues arose:

  1. The AC unit sat directly on dirt. This made it possible for rats to burrow up underneath, attracted by the machine’s warmth.
  2. The property’s front garden had been sown with tomatoes, peppers […]

September 28, 2016

Mosquito Inspection in a Washington DC Fashion Store

By |2018-09-28T12:37:48+00:00September 28th, 2016|

A customer reported mosquitoes biting his customers and tenants at his Washington DC fashion store.

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Inspection

We located several sources:

  • The restroom drain, which had mosquito larvae inside
  • A wet drain area suitable for nesting
  • A wet sink area in the cleaning room

Mosquitoes from all three sources bred, hatched and invaded the shopping area, attracted by light from the back.

Treatment

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We treated all problem areas including the shopping area. After a couple of treatments, the customer’s […]

Bird Feeder Brings Rodent Issue to an Arlington Virginia House

By |2018-09-29T22:48:40+00:00September 27th, 2016|

Inspection

During one inspection of a home with a potential rodent problem, Clifford grew concerned about an empty bird feeder. Birds fed on seeds which had fallen to the ground but these would have been equally attractive to mice, rats or squirrels. So readily attainable a source of food to a rodent would encourage nest building in the vicinity. And it would not be long before they invaded your home.

Suggestion

bird-feed-hang-in-the-yard Clifford did give the customer two options, first one was keeping the feeder, we would put […]

Mud Dauber Nest Removal and Treatment in Northwest Washington DC

By |2018-09-30T00:35:33+00:00September 26th, 2016|

When mud dauber flying around your balcony, it would be stressed to enjoy the outside scene. One customer in Northwest Washington DC did have a mud dauber problem and found us to conduct extermination.

Inspection

We arrived on the scene on the same day that we took the customer’s call and immediately discovered two mud nests in the customer’s balcony.

The nests were well constructed — clearly wasp larvae were alive and thriving inside. Breaking the nest confirmed our suspicions. Natural wasps sting these insects and feed them to their young. They had to […]

Solving a Spider Problem in the Basement

By |2018-09-30T00:46:29+00:00September 19th, 2016|

Inspection

We could see the problem immediately: Spiders. The female spider was crawling on the web, egg sacs all around her. Carcasses of insects could be seen underneath; the remnants of earlier feeding.

Treatment ans Suggestions

We could have removed the web and told the customer the job was done. Far better however, to help the customer identify the source of the problem. Which we did. It’s the only way to provide a permanent solution.

Checks revealed sufficient humidity and dim crawl space to sustain insect activity. We recommended that the customer […]

Mice Inspection in Shed of Northwest Washington DC House

By |2018-09-30T01:01:32+00:00September 19th, 2016|

One of our customers in Northwest Washington DC reported signs that mice had moved into his shed. This was a newly purchased home and the customer wasn’t too crazy about sharing it with these unwelcome visitors.

Inspection

Clifford’s attention was drawn to a fake wooden door. Whole board wood had been used to replace the former used door, but the contractors were careless: they left the four corners unsealed, providing easy access for vermin.

Dirt and droppings in the area confirmed Clifford’s suspicions. Grass seed inside the shed provided a friendly environment for […]

American Cockroaches Infestation in Kitchen Area of NW DC Home

By |2018-09-30T01:12:38+00:00September 9th, 2016|

A customer in Northwest Washington DC reported seeing big roaches in her kitchen — a clear food hygiene concern.

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American Cockroaches Inspection

We identified the infiltrators as American Cockroaches. Closer inspection revealed a hole near the outlet leading to the plumbing area. This would surely provide a freeway through which these pests might invade the house.

Also, at the foot of the dry wall, water rotting was detected — a condition attractive to roaches. The customer themselves set traps but failed to address the underlying issue of […]