At Empire Pest Control, we pride ourselves in the fact that we use the most up-to-date and environmentally safe methods to protect you and your home. By placing termite bait stations in areas vulnerable to termites, we can monitor them periodically and, when termites are detected, the active ingredient is placed inside the bait station and the bait station is locked so children and pets are safe.
How can I tell if my house has termites?
The termite that is most commonly found in Massachusetts is the subterranean variety, meaning the colony is located underground and foragers move underground and out of sight in their search for food. Termites may eat wood, but what they are really after is the cellulose that the wood is made of. Cellulose is the most abundant organic compound on Earth and is the main component in the cell walls of plants. Cellulose is a very important material to humans and can be found either in its original form as building materials or in more refined forms such as paper and even in the food that we eat.
If you think you may have termites attacking your home, don’t hesitate.
Having a licensed professional exterminator inspect your home now is far more cost effective than having to make expensive and extensive repairs to your house due to future termite damage.
What attracts termites?
- Is your home in a heavily wooded area?
- Have your neighbors had termite issues?
- Was your home built before World War Two?
- Does it have a stone or rubble foundation?
- Is there a lot of cedar mulch or landscaping done with railroad ties around your home?
- Do you have a wooden deck or outbuilding?
- Is your home a log cabin?
- How can I prevent termites?
Moisture and wood are your watchwords here. Termites love both. Here are some guidelines to making your home less attractive to termites:
- Avoid letting the wooden part of your home’s structure to make contact with the ground. Also, pressure-treated wood is NOT immune. Termites can burrow into the cracks and splits at the end.
- Divert moisture away from your home. Landscape so that the ground slopes away from the dwelling. Do regular maintenance of gutters, drainpipes and splash blocks. Keep an eye on plumbing and AC units.
- Keep any crawl spaces well vented and accessible for inspections.
- Never store cellulose materials such as firewood, lumber, cardboard or newspapers against the foundation of your home or in a crawl space.
- Outside, use mulching sparingly and rake it regularly to keep it from molding. Also, keep mulch away from wooden doors and frames. It’s like tossing a little kid a crumb and hoping they won’t notice the birthday cake next to it!
- Schedule regular pest control inspections so you can head off potential pests before they cause any harm to your home.
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