As the capital of Massachusetts, Boston is over 48 square miles, and is home to some of the oldest buildings in the country. With a population over 675,000, it’s the most populous city in New England. It not only boasts of the first subway system, the first school, and the first public park, but it also has one of the highest costs of living in the United States. As a thriving center of scientific research and a proud sports town, it is home to many businesses and attracts a ton of tourists every year.
All of these amazing facts about Boston make it a haven for pest pressures. Bed bugs in downtown hotels as well as rats as a common city pest are not uncommon in Boston and the many high-end restaurants and even just the local bars and pubs can be subject to flies and cockroaches.
Homes in Boston have their own pest issues. Termites are a serious issue in New England and Boston is no different. Carpenter ants are also common in homes in Boston while the cold temperatures force rodents like mice and rats to search for shelter inside homes in the winter months. Homeowners and business owners in Boston both need a pest control company that understand the pests in the area and the area itself. That’s why they need the original pest control company in the area, Waltham Pest Services.
Q&A about pest control with the local Branch Manager
Q: What are the most common pest issues that home and business owners face in the Boston area? A: Homeowners in the Boston area struggle with carpenter ants and termites mostly. Rodents like rats and mice are also a common homeowner pest issue. Clothing moths can also do some damage at home. Businesses in our area see many different kinds of pests but rats and bed bugs are the most common.
Q: How do the seasons affect pest activity around the Boston area? A: Warm summers bring pests like termites, which can do serious, costly damage to homes, as well as carpenter ants. I guess they just like the taste of the wood up here in Boston! Winter months can be extreme in Boston. Because of that, rodents like mice and rats will always be looking for both homes and businesses to hide out in during the cold months.
Q: What are some common signs of pest activity around homes and commercial properties? A: Common signs include droppings or burrows from rodents and insect swarms in basements, utility rooms, and kitchens. Unfortunately, once you see a swarm, you already have a problem. Same goes for those droppings. There must be a few rats at least if you’re seeing droppings. Don’t let it go when you start seeing the signs. Better to have proactive pest control done instead of waiting for a pest to show their hand! It’s important to note that tats and mice are at all-time high in Boston’s suburban areas which a first for me – and I’ve been doing this for quite a while in this area. Seems to be from all the residential construction happening in our town. Neighbors on the left and right of demolition projects are being overwhelmed with mice and rat activity. Rats and mice breed quickly and can transmit many different kinds of diseases. Both can have 6-8 babies every two weeks and up to 45 babies each per year – that’s quite an infestation just waiting to happen!
Q: When should property owners or homeowners call Waltham Pest Services? A: As a whole, customers wait too long to call. Most insect and rodent situations are preventable, and we can help by teaching those preventative measures. Sanitation is key and extremely important in both homes and businesses but businesses with garbage chutes and/or dumpster areas are at more risk from the pests that are attracted to those areas. Hoarding and clutter can let a pest or rodent issue get worse without being noticed for a long period of time when we could have treated and prevented sooner. Every house and business in New England should have a licensed pest control company visiting them routinely on a yearly basis. Every house and building in the Boston area seems to have carpenter ants destroying the exterior and mice in basement, attic, and garage when we arrive. Better to call us in now than wait for that panicked emergency call.