2016 EBSCO Research Best Pick

Capitol Pest

2nd year as a Best Pick

  • A-Rated
  • Verified License(s)
  • Verified General Liability
  • Verified Workers' Comp

Since 1936, Capitol Pest's mission has been to be the DC area's most professional, dependable, trustworthy, and best-trained pest control company. It is our intention to deliver a valuable service that we are all proud of. We will provide these services promptly, efficiently, courteously, and safely.

Brian Schoonmaker | President

Areas Served:


  • Services Offered
    Capitol Pest specializes in the treatment, control, and prevention of a variety of pests, including ants, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, stink bugs, bedbugs, termites, rodents, and wildlife. The company also offers rodent entry point sealing as well as termite damage inspections, repairs, and protection plans.
  • Warranty
    Capitol Pest offers a one-year warranty on bedbug control; a year-round warranty for a single pest with its Select service plan; and a year-round warranty for thousands of pests with its Select Plus service plan.
  • Awards & Certifications
    The company is a Certified Sentricon Specialist for the Sentricon System and employs a Zoologist with a PhD in Entomology.
  • Organizations
    Capitol Pest is a member of the Maryland State Pest Control Association and the National Pest Management Association.
  • Company History
    The local, family-owned-and-operated company was founded in 1936.
  • Licenses

Select Quotes from Customer Interviews

A selection of 103 homeowner reviews:


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They did termite and rodent control and mosquito spraying on three properties. They have knowledgeable staff—easy to work with, very friendly, and they work neatly.
I live in a house that has a serious infestation problem with centipedes, which are predators for silverfish. Capitol Pest has been treating both of those issues inside and outside of the house. The experience has been positive. They are very attentive to the areas where we are seeing bugs, and they explain the underlying reasons why they keep returning.
Capitol Pest has performed numerous termite inspections. In February of 2015, the company successfully trapped five mice, educated our household about mouse nesting behavior, advised placing our dog food in a sealed container—the open bag had attracted the mice into the house—and sealed points of entry. In 2013, Capitol Pest successfully eradicated a moth invasion and educated us on moth breeding behavior and habitat. We have been very impressed by the staff entomologist, who is quite knowledgeable about all sorts of bugs and their reproductive habits. We also were impressed by Johnny, the exterminator, who responded to our mouse invasion in February 2015 and provided much education about mouse nesting behavior and a thorough inspection of the house to identify how they got inside—he later sealed these access points.
A year ago, we had mice and bugs getting in the house after Capitol Pest had done lots of preventative work that we paid for. I spoke to the office and explained the situation. They sent Johnny out, and he took care of foam sealing cracks and crevices and adding mesh to areas that were exposed—this helped tremendously.
They did box elder beetle, ant, and carpenter bee extermination, and set rodent traps. They are very responsive when I call to report additional problems, and they set up an appointment usually within a week or less. The person who handles the calls is always polite and professional, and the technicians who come out to the house are as well. They explain the problems and what they can do to address them in a safe manner.
They repaired termite damage and installed a Sentricon termite system. I also had quarterly service for bugs and rodents. The customer service was always excellent, and they would go the extra mile when asked.
Capitol Pest has provided rodent prevention and ant prevention. Capitol Pest has always been responsive, helpful, and effective.
They did complete insect and pest control inside my home, including service to close all possible entry points. Very knowledgeable and courteous staff—if I have a problem, they come to take care of it immediately.
They sprayed my house for mosquitoes. They were timely and did a good job.
They did termite inspection and routine spraying around perimeter of my house. They are timely and organized, and the staff is friendly and competent.

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