Termite Control & Removal Services

Protect Your House: Don’t Let Termites Take Over Your Home

Termite Control Services for New England

Since 1893, thousands of homeowners have trusted Waltham Pest Services to protect their homes against termites. Our dedicated professionals understand termite behavior so they know where to check and what to look for when they inspect your home.

Professional Termite Inspection

A thorough inspection is the first step in our Termite Control Program. Our dedicated professionals understand termite behavior so they know where to check and what to look for when they inspect your home.

The termite experts from Waltham Pest Services can use the Halo™ Detection System to confirm whether termites are active on your property. If termites are active, you can select the best termite treatment option to protect your home.Depending on the situation, they can apply a liquid termiticides barrier or install termite bait stations. They can also treat unfinished wood in areas like basements or crawl spaces.

If termites are not active, Waltham Pest Services will continue the monitoring process so you stay informed about termite activity around your home.

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Finding Termites

Active Termite Workers

Termites are wood-destroying insects that cause severe structural damage to your home and have even been known to infest wooden furniture.  In Massachusetts and throughout our service area Subterranean Termites invade homes and commercial properties and while they prefer rotten or decaying wood they attack dry timber and timber framed buildings. Termites are active pests all year long but are more noticeable in the spring as reproductive members of their colonies swarm in order to establish new colonies.  Stop the  termites damage to your home this spring!  Learn more about termite infestations and how Waltham Pest Services can help you prevent termites.

Finding termite activity in and around your property can be difficult, but if you know what to look for you may be able to detect signs of termites.

  • A termite swarm in the Spring.
  • Wings from swarmers, plus dead termites, near their emergence site
  • Mud tubes between soil and wood, indoors or out.
  • Damaged wood
  • Termite workers, soldiers or swarmers in (dead) wood lying on or in the ground

If you’re still not sure contacting Waltham Pest Services is the best way to determine if your home is susceptible to termite damage.

Our termite control is the ideal solution whether you are building a new home, have a current termite problem or simply want to prevent termites.  We offer a variety of termite treatment options including termite baiting and liquid treatments.  To find out how we can help you keep termites out of your home or to schedule your termite inspection, please contact us.

Termite Insects

Subterranean termites are small insects. The colony member most known is the whitish worker, wingless, found in soil and in wood. Termites live in underground colonies and make their way to the food source via mud tubes. The reproductive colony members (swarmers) are black, same sized, with two identical pairs of gossamer like wings, which they then shed as their life cycle comes to its end.  These are the swarms you can see in the spring, swarming toward light. They can be found both outside and indoors.  The queen is nestled away underground, protected by the whitish soldiers who also accompany workers.  It is rare for you to see the queen, and tough for the untrained eye to distinguish the soldier from the worker.

The termite’s diet consists of cellulose material found in leaf litter, soil, dung and of course wood and wood by-products.  Moisture is critical to their existence, which is why structures with moisture problems are more vulnerable to termites.

Facts about Termite Identification

General Information

Subterranean termites frequently colonize in the Eastern United States, and infestation remains a common threat to New England homeowners. Millions of termites can inhabit mature colonies, which are made up of reproductive swarmers, workers, and soldiers. Each group, or caste, faithfully performs its role to keep the colony safe, thriving, and growing. Termites serve as an important asset to the ecological system as they aid in the breaking down of plants and trees to recycle soil nutrients and keep forests healthy.

Reproduction

Reproductive termites leave colonies in the spring to find fitting locations for new nests. The winged reproductive specimens often travel in swarms and use pheromones to attract suitable mates. Termites are very poor fliers and depend on the wind to carry them along. Many of the swarmers fall prey to predators like birds or frogs, while others die from injury or lack of water. Successful couples land, break off their wings, and form a nest before mating. After mating, the young queen lays several eggs. The nymphs cannot survive without parental nurturing, and the king remains with the queen as they care for the young together. A queen lays more eggs as it matures and at its peak may produce 10,000 offspring in a single year. Queens may live up to 25 years.

Diet

Termites eat any matter containing cellulose, the main component of plant cell walls. Common targets for termite consumption include soft, moist, young, or dead wood and plants. Chemical-infused wood may serve as a deterrent for termite exploration; however, the insects tunnel through non-cellulose matter to find necessary nutrients. Consistent moisture and temperature remain important factors for termites to continue foraging. The insects are vulnerable to overly dry environments due to their soft and thin bodies. It is also difficult for termites to forage in extremely hot or cold climates.

Appearance

Termites are roughly the same size as many common ants. But differences in color, body shape, and antennae are distinguishing factors between the two insects. Termites have six short legs and straight antennae (look like a string of beads), while ants have longer legs and bent antennae. Termites appear to have two sections due to having thicker waists; ants have constricted abdomen. Termites can be black, brown, or cream in color and have softer bodies. Appearances also vary between termite castes. Cream-colored workers are typically no more than 1/8-inch long. Soldiers boast cream-colored bodies with large, orange heads nearly as big as their bodies and are equipped with pincers to protect colonies from intruders. King and queen swarmers, or alates, develop wings before leaving colonies. These reproductive termites make up the only caste that develops eyesight.

Habits

Termites communicate by producing pheromones from various glands on their bodies. These scented chemicals aid in guiding workers, finding colony members, warning others of danger, and attracting partners for mating. Queen termites can even use pheromones to control the growth of nymphs. The social insects also spends time cleaning/grooming other termites to protect them from harmful bacteria. Workers spend their two-year lifespans continuously building tunnels, fixing nests, foraging, and feeding other termites. A soldier's primary duty is to protect the colony using its larger pincers, or mandibles, as defense. King and queen termites swarm and mate during the spring. During initial colony formation, these reproductive types also regurgitate or excrete partially digested food for nymphs' consumption.

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Buying a new home?

If you are in the process of buying a home, you can protect yourself by requesting a Real Estate Inspection by Waltham Pest Services. Our termite professionals will inspect the home for termites and wood-destroying insects like carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and powder post beetles.

For a homebuyer, the Waltham Pest Services Real Estate Inspection provides you with reasonable assurance about infestation or damage. For the commercial property owner, a periodic Waltham Pest Services Real Estate Inspection is the first step in protecting your investment against termites.

Real Estate Inspections

Real estate inspections provide reasonable assurance that the property in question is not presently infested with or damaged by termites or other wood-destroying insects. During an inspection, we will examine and describe any evidence of infestation to you.

Thousands of homes are attacked by termites and various kinds of wood-destroying insects every year. Homebuyers have the right to know if these pests are present before handing over their hard-earned money. For the best peace of mind, home shoppers should utilize a licensed pest control company to inspect properties for the presence of termites and other wood-destroying insects.

Business owners and commercial property owners should also consider termite inspections. A real estate inspection by a licensed and knowledgeable specialist is the first and most vital step in protecting your property from termites. Our team of experienced inspectors is more likely to find a termite presence than a general home inspector. The early detection and control of termites is invaluable. Such an important task is better left in the hand of qualified professionals.

If you are buying or selling a property, call your local branch office location today and schedule a wood-destroying insect inspection.

Call Waltham Pest Services or find a local Waltham Pest Control Branch- whether your home has a termite problem today or you want to protect your investment against any future termite attack. The trained professionals at Waltham Pest Services will design a plan for your unique situation.

Problems Caused by Termites

Because of its ability to bite large chunks of wood with its saw-like jaws, the subterranean termite causes more damage than any other species. Termites thrive in areas of adequate moisture and relatively stable climate. Soil types in the Eastern United States around home foundations make for inviting habitats to termites. Subterranean termites can destroy entire buildings and cause home or business-owners significant financial loss. Homeowners also find detecting subterranean termites tricky, as the wood-eaters often do substantial damage before their presence is found.

Treatment for Residential Customers

Whether you have current termite troubles or perhaps are building a new home and want to prevent future termite invasions, our dedicated team of pest control professionals has the solution. We’ll provide you with an assessment of your property, identify any termite presence, and show you how our termite treatment options work to protect your investment.

Treatment for Commercial Customers

Structures with steel framing and masonry walls are not immune to termite attack on account of wooden doors, window frames, cabinets, and shelving within the construction. Structural damage is not the only issue. A termite presence is especially problematic in food processing and medical facilities. Discarded wings and other termite parts can contaminate food items, disturb health care procedures, and thwart sanitation efforts. A timely termite inspection could save you thousands of dollars.

Learn more about our termite treatment options

  • Termite Baiting - Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System
  • Liquid Treatments - Termidor® Termite Defense and Phantom® Termite Control
  • Termite Monitoring - Halo™ Electronic Termite Detection
  • Real Estate Inspections - Why schedule a wood-destroying insect inspection?

To schedule a termite inspection at your home or facility, call your local branch office today.

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Termite Treatments

Termite Baiting: Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System with Always Active™ technology

The Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System with Always Active™ technology provides continuous protection against termite infestation. The system is environmentally conscious, less invasive than other treatments, and proven to be effective at eliminating termite colonies. With the Sentricon System, you can stop the destruction caused by termites and prevent any future damage.

The Sentricon System offers more than just bait as a means to control termites. The treatment package is designed to protect homes from termites by eliminating them at their source: the colony.

Sentricon's Property Protection Process delivers constant defense for long-term protection of homes through ongoing treatment. The three-step process begins immediately when the Sentricon System is installed.

  • Monitor - Waltham Pest Services will set up and routinely inspect (twice a year) monitoring stations for signs of termite activity.
  • Bait - From the date of installation, we place Recruit® HD bait in the stations. Recruit® HD bait remains is constantly available to foraging termites (Always Active™ technology). Termites then feed on the bait and spread it to the rest of the colony.
  • Eliminate - The primary ingredient in Recruit® HD termite bait affects the insects by preventing the molting process termites need to grow and breed. As the worker termites die off, the colony becomes unable to sustain itself. In time, the termite colony is eliminated.

Once the offending colony is eliminated, the termite control process begins anew to watch out for future invasions. Chiefly, the Sentricon System offers peace of mind. With the termite threat eliminated and continuous monitoring for a new invasion by Waltham Pest Services, property owners, home builders, realtors, and property managers can all rest assured that their properties are protected.

To schedule a termite inspection at your home or business facility, call your local branch office today.

Liquid Treatments: Termidor® Termite Defense and Phantom® Termite Control

Liquid termite treatments used to be the only way to control termites. Advancements in liquid technology make termite control quicker and more effective, with less harmful chemicals. Several liquid products are available. Our treatment of choice is Termidor and/or Phantom termiticide.

Termidor® Termite Defense

Termidor® Termite Defense is effective in very small doses. On average, the active ingredient, fipronil, makes up just 0.06% of the solution, which is a significantly lower concentration than what is normally found in older liquid termite treatments. Only about eight ounces of fipronil is used when treating the average home. Since 1995, fipronil has been utilized across the globe for pet flea and tick control and in agriculture to protect crops from insects. Termidor is nearly odorless, so the product won't bother you and your family while it solves your termite problem.

Termidor’s formulation is made from ground-breaking, non-repellent chemicals that are undetectable to termites. Because the insects cannot see, smell, taste, or avoid Termidor, they contact the treatment, unknowingly ingest it, and share it with other termites in the nest. Older, less effective liquid termite controls utilized repellent barriers, which termites can breach or avoid entirely.

Phantom® Termite Control

An extraordinary termite control product, Phantom uses advanced technology to provide a superior solution to termite infestation.

Undergoing rigorous testing, Phantom Termite Control has consistently proven to be effective under a variety of conditions. Not just a one-time solution, Phantom is proving to be a deterrent, as well, keeping termites from returning. Lengthy field trials conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service exhibited no signs of returned termite infestation at more than 98% of study sites seven years after receiving Phantom treatment.

Termite Monitoring

Halo™ Electronic Termite Detection

Finding the damage caused by termites is a tricky task as it is impossible to see through walls and floors. The insects largely go undetected until it is too late. All it takes is some electronic snooping and the expertise of Waltham Pest Services' pest management professionals, and you can find out if termites are invading your property. Halo™ Electronic Termite Detection is a handy tool that makes termite detection easy.

Halo™ Detection confirms the presence of termites before a pest management professional is needed to control them. Termite damage can be extremely costly, so it’s a good idea to learn if they’re feeding just outside your walls, or even worse inside your walls.

Halo Detection provides hard evidence that termites are present on your property before treatment is needed. Staying proactive by using Halo Detection gives you time to think about your termite treatment options before contacting a pest control professional. If no termites are found, you’ve still gained something valuable – peace of mind. Continue the monitoring to stay up to date on termite status.

Accurate, reliable, and proven. With the use of proprietary technology, Halo Detection has proven in field tests to accurately detect the presence of termites. While the product does not attract insects, you can count on Halo Detection to indicate a termite infestation. The device uses monitoring stations to provide an accurate picture of termite presence throughout a property.

Halo Detection is manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, a leader in termite solutions, and provided by pest management professionals skilled in termite monitoring and control.

Sensitive to the environment. Why inject chemicals into the ground when you don’t yet know if you have termites? Halo Detection offers a pesticide-free method of establishing whether there is termite activity on your property. Halo Detection contains no pesticides but also offers no protection from termites. Once termites are detected, contact a pest control specialist to begin treatment.

Technology Changes, Experience Doesn’t

Protecting homes from pests for over 120 years, Waltham Pest Services home care plan offers a complete, environmentally friendly pest control solution, designed to keep pest problems at bay and protect your home, family and pets.

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