Termite Control in Boston
Eliminating & Preventing Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites live in underground colonies and secluded above ground locations. The termites build mud tubes to move without being exposed to the open air. They end up inside the walls of your home in search of food sources. Pestex brings four generations of pest management experience to termite control in Boston, Framingham, and surrounding areas.
Please contact us at (617) 544-2566 to set up an appointment for your termite inspection.
Signs of Subterranean Termites
Subterranean termites are the most destructive termite species and can cause serious property damage before they are ever detected. Termites feed on cellulose, which they find in the wood in nature or in your home. They have hard jaws that enable them to bite off tiny fragments of wood. It is important to identify the infestation as soon as possible to minimize damage to your home.
Check around the foundation of your home for mud tubes that come up from the ground. These tiny tubes are how the termites travel into structures from the ground. In the springtime, you can look for signs of a swarm. You may find wings outside your home or on the windowsills indoors. Other signs include bubbling paint or peeling paint, especially around windows, baseboards, and entrances to your home.
We use the Sentricon® system for termite control in Boston and surrounding areas. This innovative system is scientifically designed to eliminate entire subterranean termite colonies and prevent future infestations. The workers find the bait in the bait stations and bring it back to share with the colony, which is effective for eliminating the entire colony including the queen.
Your Certified Sentricon Specialist® will install the bait stations in the ground around the house’s perimeter. After the initial treatment, the in-ground bait stations are left in place. We monitor the stations yearly to ensure that your home remains protected from new termite infestations.
Preventing Termite Damage
Due to the severity of the potential damage, it is important to take steps to prevent termites from finding their way into your home. As you are inspecting the outside of your home, keep in mind that they are attracted to humidity, wood, and moisture. You should try to reduce these as much as possible from around the foundation of your home.
To prevent subterranean termites, you can:
- Make sure your gutters are working and downspouts are moving water away from the foundation.
- Check for leaks in faucets, pipes, or around the air conditioning unit outside your home
- Keep mulch away from the foundation.
- Don’t keep firewood near the house and keep it at least five inches off the ground.
- Schedule a professional termite inspection.
The termite control process begins with a full inspection of your home to identify the presence of termites. We encourage you to contact us to schedule an inspection and get a free estimate for Boston and area termite control with the Sentricon® system.