About Us


William “Doc” Pickhardt

Established in 1900, American Pest Control has been serving the Metro Detroit area for over 100 years. We’re locally-owned and operated and have established ourselves as the premier provider of pest control services in Michigan.  “Honor the earth and its inhabitants” is our motto that we take to our heart. All our employees have to accept and sign our motto and mission statement prior to employment. We mean every word of it.

The President and Technical Director of American Pest Control, William Pickhardt (also known as “Doc”), is a recognized expert in pest control.

Other than the pest control services, American Pest Control also owns American Lawn and Tree Arborist, which provides natural and organic lawn and tree care to residential as well as commercial properties.


Membership & Affiliations

  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • National Forensic Association
  • National Pest Control Association
  • Tree Care Industry
  • American College of Forensic Examiners
  • Metropolitan Detroit Landscape Association
  • Michigan Pest Control Association
  • Michigan Lawn Care Association
  • Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association

Lawn & Tree Care Certifications

  • Board Certified Consulting Arborist Certification # MI0002
  • Michigan Department of Agriculture Certification #C 007770057
  • Florida Department of Agriculture License # CM 15800
  • Turfgrass Pest Management Certification
  • Ornamental Pest Management Certification
  • Right of Way Pest Management Certification
  • General Pest Management Certification

Honors and Organic Lawn & Tree Care Consulting

  • Member of Michigan Department of Agriculture Wood Destroying Organism Committee
  • National Arborists Environmental Issues Committee
  • National Arborists Educational Committee
  • Invited participant and elected table delegate presenter at the Seventh American Forest Congress
  • Beautification commission Participant Member-Indiana Urban Forest Council
  • Consultant for Illinois Dept. of Conservation
  • Consultant for City of Centerline, Michigan
  • Consultant for the City of St. Clair Shores, Michigan
  • Consultant for the City of Bellville, Michigan

Lawn & Tree Care License

  • State of Michigan License #159029, 159208

Organic and Environmental Research

  • Experimental studies with 3 new chemistries (1427, 1428 and 1429) for the control of emerald ash borer ( Agrilus planipennis) in Troy, Michigan in conjunction with Maujet Corporation, Dr. David Roberts, Michigan State University and Dr. Terry Tatter of University of Massachusetts. Present
  • Experiments studying the efficacy of using food energy inhibitors as a substitute for conventional rodenticides to control commensal rodents. Delmar Products, 1997 – Present
  • Experimental studies regarding the part played in root development by oxygenating tubes placed in root zones to declining and healthy trees. Rootwell Corporation 1997 – Present
  • Efficacy studies for Emerald Ash Borer, Bayer Corporation, Michigan State University , Dr. David L. Roberts, Canton , Michigan , Warren , Michigan , Troy , Michigan and the Cranbrook Institute in conjunction with Arborjet Corporation, Boston Mass. 2002 – Present
  • Efficacy comparison test using Mauget injection systems Arbor Systems injection (Wedgle) Kline soil injection and H.D. Hudson injection system with Imidacloprid to control royal palm bug ( Xylastodoria luteolus ) in royal palms ( Roystonea elata ). Coral Gables , Florida 1997
  • Efficacy tests with BAY NTN 33893 (experimental label) using Wedgle Injection System to control Zimmerman pine moth ( Dioryctria Zimmermani ). Bayer Corporation, ArborSystems, Inc. 1997
  • Efficacy test using Wedgle System with Tetraconazole 125SL (experimental label) and Lynx 250EW to control Dutch elm disease (Ceratocystis ulmi ) Omaha , Nebraska ArborSystems, LLC 1997
  • Efficacy test with Imidacloprid to control honey locust plant bug ( Diaphnocoris chlorionis ) and leafhopper ( Marcropsis fumipennis ) on honey locust ( Gleditsia triacanthos ) 1996
  • Equipment modifications for Phyton Injection System to reduce tree damage. Source Technology Biologicals, Inc. 1992-1995 Pressure, gravity feed and syringe injections with Phyton-27 to control Phytophthora in citrus. Source Technology, 1993-1994
  • Ultra Low Volume application, nozzles and dosage. 1963-1964, Michigan State University, Professor Angus Howitt

We Work The “Bugs” Out Of Your Life… Organically!

We're staffed by entomologists, urban pest managers and experienced technicians.

American Pest Control proudly serves the following areas in Michigan: Metro Detroit, Oakland County, Macomb, Saint Clair, Sterling Heights, Livonia, Southfield, Farmington Hills, Troy, Rochester, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Lake Orion, Oxford, Bloomfield, and more.


1012 Elmsford
Troy, MI 48083