About Us
You have the pests, we have the solutions
exterminator, pest management, Augusta, Maine
Certified Pest Management, LLC is a licensed, fully insured pest control company established in Chelsea, Maine. Our number one priority is quality services. 
   
Our lead service technician Mike Cote has 17 years’ of experience and holds a masters technician's license. 

Certified Pest Management specialize in the provision of a large range of pest control and extermination services. 
    
We have products and equipment for the treatment needed to perform the applications. Our licensed technicians rely on the safest available pest control methods. We use natural and organic treatments, which are harmless to children and pets. We also offer chemical treatments that are of special nature and formulations, which are registered for use in houses and public places. These chemicals are in accordance with local and national regulations and EPA standards.

We begin our relationship with each customer with a thorough free initial inspection of your property. This inspection helps us develop a pest control plan to meet your specific needs that is affordable and reliable.   ​
   
We pride ourselves on providing pricing that is extremely fair and affordable. 
    

exterminator, pest management, Augusta, Maine

CONTACT US TODAY (207)613-1914

MIKE COTE- MASTER APPLICATOR/Supervisor

Obtains the proper license that qualifies him to use pesticides that the general public cannot. Certification is administered by Board of Pesticide Control a State Government Office. Training provides instruction on proper pesticide use and handling to individuals who want to obtain or retain certification. Training is primarily conducted by University Extension as well as by associations, industry, non-profit organizations, private companies, and federal and state government agencies.
   
Education:
Commercial Master Applicator License issued under Title 22 M.R.S.A. 258-A 3 written Core
Structural general Category 7A
Biting Fly Category 7E
Termites Category 7F
Experience: 17 years’ experience as of 2017
     

exterminator, pest management, Augusta, Maine, home pest control, residential pest control
exterminator, pest management, Augusta, Maine, commercial pest control

Residential & Commercial

I​n order for you to ensure the safety and health of your family, your customers and your employees on your residential and commercial property in Maine, it is important that you exercise the right choice for the services of a professional. Call CERTIFIED PEST MANAGEMENT today for your free initial inspection.
We'll help you identify your pest and provide preventative treatment.

Types of Pests

Hornet and Wasp Control
silverfish
cockroaches
TICKS
SILVERFISH
COCKROACH
Capable of thriving in most   climates, silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. Commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches.
Silverfish enter a house on their own or in a container such as a box that has been stored outside. They are pests and destroy property, but as far as researchers know they don’t transmit diseases.
​The insects are nocturnal creatures. During the day, they hide unnoticed in cracks and crevices. At night, they become active and search for food. They sometimes leave scales and yellow stains behind as they travel.
Silverfish eat a wide variety of food, especially carbohydrates. They feed on paper, photographs, wallpaper paste, starch in clothes, fabrics such as cotton and linen and any foods rich in carbohydrates that they find in the house. These foods include sugar, flour, bread, rolled oats and other cereals. The insects even feed on starches in the glue found in book bindings.
Silverfish also eat mold, dandruff and body coverings from silverfish molts. In addition, they eat high–protein foods such as meat and dead insects. They can survive for several months without food.
S​ure, we all know ticks are nuisance but do really know what they are and what they do. Here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about those pesky ticks.
Ticks are arachnids. Meaning, they are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects.
Ticks have four life stages: egg, larva (infant), nymph (immature), and adult (mature).
There about 850 tick species, some of which are capable of transmitting diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Powassan virus, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Ticks feed on the blood of their host -- humans, birds, reptiles, and wild and domestic mammals.
Ticks may appear as a small dark speck on your pet's fur.
Tick infestations are more common in dogs than cats.
 Ticks are generally not born with disease agents. They acquire them during feeding and pass them along onto other animals during subsequent feedings.
Pets may contract multiple diseases from a single tick bite.
The brown dog tick and the American dog tick are the most common carriers of disease among dogs.
Never remove a tick with your bare hand. Instead, using tweezers, grasp the tick close to the skin and pull gently.

Cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs! A cockroach can live almost a month without food. A cockroach can live about two weeks without water.
Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life!
     A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head! Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes! Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour.
​     Cockroaches are commonly found in buildings and homes because they prefer warm environments close to food and water.
     Unfortunately, cockroaches can cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They can also spread nearly 33 different kinds of bacteria.

Mosquito
Ladybug
Japanese beetle
These annoying insects are widely distributed and known by all. Although there are over 40 species in Maine, less than half are considered biting pests of humans. However, one of the most common complaints from people enjoying the outdoors during the spring and summer months is the annoyance caused by the often enormous populations of these small, slender, long-legged flies, the bites they inflict and, for some, the almost intolerable itching from the bite. Both males and females will use flower nectar for food, but it is only the females that feed on blood to obtain the required protein needed to produce and lay eggs. In this biting process the females can act as vectors of parasites and disease organisms, such as malaria, yellow fever, and various forms of viral encephalitis, and spreading them from one host to another. For example, heartworm, a disease of dogs caused by filarial worms, is transmitted by mosquitoes and is now established throughout most of New England. In the past, mosquito-carried diseases have not usually been considered a problem in Maine. Recently, however, concern has been expressed regarding the increased incidence in the Northeast of arboviruses (viruses carried by insects, ticks, and other closely related organisms) such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which was quite severe in 2009.
In 1999, another form of encephalitis known as the West Nile Virus (WNV) was detected in the eastern US in New York City. This virus, which is deadly to the American crow and its relatives, is also a serious problem for horses and humans. By 2003, the virus had spread across the continental US and caused several hundred human deaths. Most people contracting the disease develop a mild case of “West Nile Fever” that resembles a mild cold or flu. Maine, although having had many dead, WNV-positive birds, has not yet had a human case. As a result of increasing concerns of mosquito-borne viruses, a monitoring system has been developed for Maine mosquito species, which may serve as vectors, especially of WNV and EEE.

Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles or ladybirds, are a small type of beetle, commonly found with reddish orange shells with black antennae, legs, and heads. With an approximate lifespan of 2 to 3 years, ladybugs survive the winter months by overwintering and consuming their body fat for nutrients.
Today, there are over 450 species of ladybugs in North America. Of those 450 types of ladybugs, only three of them feed on plants. You might have noticed these ones in your garden feeding on your vegetables, shrubs and flowers.
Ladybugs are very good at surviving our harsh Canadian winters. They typically do this by overwintering in a warm place away from the elements of the outdoors, and this is how you might end up with ladybugs in the house. In the fall and winter, you will notice them gathering in large numbers on the hunt for a place to spend the winter. They are attracted to buildings and homes with sunny exposures and find any crack, crevice or opening to sneak into to survive the winter.
You will notice the presence of a large number of ladybugs on and around buildings. If you are seeing a few ladybugs, it’s likely that there are a lot more hidden within your house that you can’t see. They are very active during the fall, and on warm winter days, you will see ladybugs in house
A ladybug infestation will usually occur in the late summer and early fall
Ladybugs release pheromones like a perfume to attract other ladybugs, and this scent can be detected up to 0.4 kilometres away. It can also remain year after year on the outside of your house. If you have ladybugs in the house, these pheromones can also stay on the inside of your walls.

The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica, is a scarab beetle about 3/8“ long. The head and thorax are metallic green and the elytra (outer wing covers) are copper-colored. Adult feeding damage appears as lacey leaves. The Japanese beetle feeds on over 400 plants including rose, raspberry, bean, grape and blueberry. The adults are good fliers and can move from one area to another in large swarms. When threatened, adults will feign death, dropping from the plant.
Japanese beetles usually emerge in the beginning of July and can be found through September. After mating, the females lay eggs in turf. The eggs hatch and the young white grubs feed from late July and early August until the first hard frosts of fall drive them deeper into the soil. After hibernating through the winter, the grubs migrate into the turf root zone to feed again in May and June. Around mid-June, the grubs pupate, eventually emerging as adults in one to three weeks.

spider
mice, rats
tick, ticks
SPIDERS
MICE/RATS
HORNETS/WASPS
Spiders are arachnids, not insects.
Other members of the arachnid family include scorpions, mites, ticks and harvestmen.
Spiders have 8 legs while insects have 6.
Spiders don’t have antennae while insects do.
Spiders are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
There are around 40000 different species of spider.
Most spiders make silk which they use to create spider webs and capture prey.
Abandoned spider webs are called cobwebs.
Most spiders are harmless to humans but a few spider species, such as the black widow, can bite humans and inject venom. Deaths from spider bites are rare however.
Mice and Rats are commensal. That is, they prefer to share food and shelter with man. Mice and Rats and their parasites share our workplaces, restaurants, hospitals, schools, food processing plants and especially……..our homes. 
in our homes, they share the food we eat and the furniture where we sleep, relax and store our belongings. They will use plumbing voids as well as circulation vents to travel from one part of a home/building to another. It is this habit that assures the spread of contaminated nesting material, feces, and urine and body hairs.
in just one months time, mice and rats can produce thousands of fecal pellets and deposit urine in areas where we eat and sleep. Their feces and urine may contain millions of bacteria or viruses and easily contaminate more than what they eat or with what they come in contact. The damage these rodents do to food and buildings runs in the tens of billions of dollars world-wide. Mice and rats are even a significant fire hazard, suspected in one fourth of all fires of unknown origin. We have a disinfection service guaranteed to destroy all contaminants.
Mice and rats have been responsible  for some of the most devastating disease outbreaks of all time. More than 10 million people have died from rodent borne disease. Rats and mice are known to carry and or spread about 55 different diseases. Lyme disease, Typhus and the Plague are just a few; the deer mouse has recently been implicated in the outbreak of hanta-virus, a rare but highly fatal disease.
Hornets are wasps of the genus Vespa, closely related to (and resembling) yellow jackets. There are about 20 hornet species.
      Queens dominate hornet hives and are the only females to reproduce. Most other hornets are asexual female workers that perform essential community duties such as building the hive, gathering food, feeding the young, and protecting the colony.
      Males are few and they have only one real role—mating with the queen. Males typically die soon after their sexual task is complete. Workers defend their hive with potent stingers.
      Though these insects do not sting humans unless provoked, some people are allergic to their venom and can have very dangerous reactions to a sting.
      Hornets are often considered pests, particularly when they nest near humans, because they will defend a nest aggressively if they feel it is threatened.
 
    
flea, fleas
ant, ants
bed bug, bed bugs
ANTS
BED BUGS
FLEAS
​​There are more than 10,000 known species of ants living throughout the world. Ants can be identified by the constriction between the abdomen and thorax that looks like a narrow waist. Their bodies are covered with a hard armor called the exoskeleton. Most ants are either red or black in color and length can be anywhere from 1/3" to 1/2". Like other insects, they have six legs; each with three joints. Ants have large heads with compound eyes, elbowed antennae, and powerful jaws.
An estimated 20,000 different species worldwide, ants represent one of the most prevalent and successful types of insects on the planet. The small but highly prolific creatures are found in virtually every possible environment ranging from subarctic regions to tropical rainforests. Many ant species also thrive in temperate climate zones like New England. While most species of ants are harmless, others create problems by nesting in residential areas, invading homes in search of food, and even causing structural damage to buildings. Within the highly developed urban areas of New England, certain kinds of ants commonly build nests in or near homes and become pests that send unsightly trails of workers throughout a structure to take advantage of the various food and moisture sources available in such household settings. Although the different types of ants share many of the same general traits regarding overall appearance and behavior, each species retains unique characteristics affecting identification and management of the pest insects.

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.
Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding.
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night. 
Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.
Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. The biggest problem with bed bug it that they are etremely  hard to remove. Conventional pesticides do not work on them and they will gradually spread to other rooms throughout your home. Because of this professional bed bug control service is recommended.
Fleas are insects that form the order Siphonaptera. They are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds.
When it comes to eliminating fleas from your pet and from your home, there are some key things to consider. First, it is very important to be familiar with and understand the life cycle of the flea when you are trying to eradicate their presence completely.
There are four stages in the life cycle of a flea: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
Whenever you see adult fleas crawling on your pet, it is only a symptom of a much larger problem. Current studies indicate that adult fleas account for only 5% of the total flea population in any given situation. Eggs account for 50%, larvae account for about 35%, and the remaining 10% are the pupa cocoons. That means that for every single adult flea living on your dog or cat, there are ten eggs, seven larvae, and two cocoons.
NUISANCE WILDLIFE 
BROWNTAIL MOTHS
The browntail moth was accidently introduced into Somerville, Massachusetts from Europe in 1897. It has recently become a big problem in coastal Maine. The larval stage (caterpillar) of this insect feeds on the foliage of hardwood trees and shrubs including oak, hawthorne, apple, cherry, bayberry, serviceberry, and rugosa rose. Larval feeding damages and sometimes kills the host, but the primary human impact from the browntail moth is the result of contact with poisonous hairs found on the caterpillars. The hairs on the caterpillars can float through the air on windy days. They can land on humans or things that humans later touch and cause a rash similar to that of poison ivy. Some people have severe allergic reactions to the caterpillar hairs. The rash often appears on skin inside the elbow, around the waist or on the neck. Some people also have breathing problems from inhaling the hairs.
If an animal needs to be trapped and you are uncomfortable or have no interest in doing the work yourself, contact CERTIFIED PEST MANAGEMENT to do the job for you.
We offer a variety of trapping services for different species of animals.  
Experienced trappers know the behavior of each species and the methods required to trap them. They also recognize signs of diseases and nursing females. Often their solution to a conflict will involve setting several cage traps to make sure the entire family of animals is caught—or as many as possible at one time. Multiple traps are not something most homeowners have on hand.