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The Ultimate Guide to Fast & Effective Termite Extermination in Maryland

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Risks and Damages Caused By Termites

Structural Damage

Termites can significantly damage the structure of your home.

Financial Loss

Repairing termite damage can cost tens of thousands of dollars, impacting your valuable assets and potentially jeopardizing financial security.

Stress

Dealing with termite infestations is stressful, time-consuming, and disrupts your peace of mind.

Prevent small problems from turning into big headaches.

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4 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Termites and Restore Your Home Enjoyment

1. Call

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2. Schedule

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3. Our Experts Get to Work

Custom solutions address and prevent issues tailored to your home’s needs.

4. Relax

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Brody Stats

40

Years in Business

5

Offices in Maryland

320+

Initial Training Hours Per Pest Control Expert

2200+

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The Most Common Termite Species in Maryland

Eastern Subterranean Termites

Swarmer Termites

  • Appearance: Swarmer, or reproductive termites, are approximately ⅜ inches long.
  • Why they enter: Construction flaws (such as the front steps going above the siding, siding starting where the wood members of the house begin, and mulch not kept 18 inches from crawl spaces and 6 inches from grade outside) and moisture sources are the most common reasons termites enter your home. They’re also drawn to fallen trees, stumps, and old roots.
  • Unique fact: Swarmer termites are often mistaken for flying ants.
  • Infestation size: Mature colonies typically range from 60,000 to 100,000 termites.

Worker Termites

  • Appearance: Worker termites are approximately ⅛ inches long
  • Why they enter: Construction flaws (such as the front steps going above the siding, siding starting where the wood members of the house begin, and mulch not kept 18 inches from crawl spaces and 6 inches from grade outside) and moisture sources are the most common reasons termites enter your home. They’re also drawn to fallen trees, stumps, and old roots.
  • Unique fact: Termites can forage over the length of a football field.
  • Infestation size: Mature colonies typically range from 60,000 to 100,000 termites.
Choose Brody Brothers Pest Control

Discover Why We're the #1 Trusted Exterminators in the Greater Baltimore Area

Selective Hiring

Our rigorous hiring process ensures that only the finest pest control experts join our team. Your comfort and trust are our utmost priority!

Extensive Training

We go above and beyond industry training standards to ensure our techs are true experts in family-friendly, effective termite control in Baltimore.

Family, Pet, and Environmentally-Focused Solutions

Our termite control treatments are highly effective and have been rigorously tested for human and environmental impact. Your family’s safety is our top priority.

A Team that Goes the Extra Mile

Our dedicated team of pest experts use the most advanced technology to tackle pest problems and proactively prevent future ones.

Impeccable Reputation

For 40 years, we’ve built a stellar reputation as the best exterminator for termites in Maryland. With 2200+ Google reviews and a 4.9-star rating, our commitment to customer satisfaction is unmatched!

What to Expect with Brody's Termite Control in Baltimore

Relax

No need to move anything before we arrive. Our experts will handle everything!

Inspect

We thoroughly inspect your home and yard for termite hotspots and potential activity areas.

Assess

We assess your home’s unique construction, location, and yard to evaluate the risk or extent of the infestation.

Treat

Targeted treatments eliminate the termite colony and prevent future pest problems.

Prevent

We strategically install Sentricon® bait stations around your home’s foundation to intercept and eliminate termite colonies before they can cause damage.

Follow-Up

Our experts follow up to ensure the infestation is eliminated and return for additional visits to prevent a new colony from reestablishing.

Ready to say goodbye to your termite problems? Schedule a free evaluation with us today.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Termites

Termites can be hard to detect since they usually remain hidden until significant damage has occurred. Further, these infestations go unchecked when a homeowner mistakes termite swarmers for flying ants.

While they rarely emerge from their tunnels, there are several signs of termites in your home you can look out for to identify a potential infestation before it worsens:

  • Swarming event – this usually happens in the spring after a warm rain
  • Damage to floors or walls (often uncovered while performing a home renovation)
  • Mud tubes made of soil and wood particles on garage or foundation walls
  • Discarded wings
  • Deteriorating or hollow wood
  • Frass (termite droppings)

To learn more about the signs of termites, read 7 Ways to Detect Termites in Your Home.

Termite damage varies, depending on the type of termite and the extent of the infestation.

Here’s what damage often looks like:

  1. Small Pin Holes: Openings through which termites have eaten away the paper coating on drywall and wallpaper.
  2. Bubbling or Peeling Paint: This can indicate moisture from termite tunnels close to the surface, causing paint to bubble or peel.
  3. Dust Near the Wall Base: Dust that accumulates where the wall meets the floor, especially if it’s dark and resembles black pepper, could be a mixture of wall materials, wood debris, and termite droppings.
  4. Damaged Wood Trim: Wood trim and paneling in your home may show faint lines indicating termite tunnels. These lines, often running in various directions like a maze, signal termite activity.

By staying alert to these signs, you can catch a pest problem before it leads to extensive damage.

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Termite swarmers are often mistaken for flying ants. Termites have straight waists, while ants have pinched waists. Additionally, termite swarmers shed their wings shortly after landing, which can be another helpful clue.

Termite removal can be much more complicated than treating other pests. The success of termite treatment depends on several factors, including the extent of the infestation, its specific location within your property, and the construction of your home.

Given the intricate nature of termite eradication, it’s crucial to hire pest control experts, like Brody Brothers. We use the most advanced pest control technology and extensive training to thoroughly target and destroy the colony.

Untreated termite infestations can cause significant, irreparable damage to your home.

Because they feed on wood, they gradually weaken the structural integrity of your house by damaging wooden beams, floors, and furniture. This damage can lead to sagging ceilings, cracked walls, and even structural collapse in extreme cases. Therefore, it’s essential to address termites promptly to prevent extensive damage to your property.

Getting rid of termites requires a comprehensive strategy, using the most advanced pest control products and interventions. Here’s a guide to understanding available extermination treatment options:

Soil Treatment with Termite Insecticides

Applying termite insecticides to the soil surrounding your home forms a protective barrier against termites. These chemicals help prevent termites from accessing your home, effectively reducing the chance of an infestation.

Direct Wood Treatment

When termites have infiltrated wooden structures, treating the affected wood directly with termiticides can eliminate these pests from within.

Termite Baits

Installing bait systems around the perimeter of your home can intercept foraging termites. These baits contain slow-acting poisons, or insect growth regulators, which they carry back to their colony, spreading the toxicant and gradually eliminating the colony.

Professional Termite Control Services

For an effective and long-lasting solution, contact professional pest control services. Our team of highly-trained expert exterminatorswill assess the extent of the infestation and implement a customized treatment plan for your home.

Call our pest control experts at (410) 653-2121and receive:

  • A free total home inspection for termites and other common pests
  • Installation of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System
  • Regular monitoring for termite activity
  • Continual maintenance on all Sentricon® Systems

Chemical Treatments

The chemicals fipronil and Noviflumuron are commonly used in termite extermination. Fipronil is a broad-use insecticide found in liquid termiticides. At the same time, Noviflumuron is used in baits (like the Sentricon® with Always Active™ system we use) to disrupt their growth and spread the toxicant throughout the colony.

At Brody Brothers Pest Control, we use Sentricon® with Always Active™ to protect Maryland homes from termite infestations. This system is the number one termite treatment system in the United States and is used in many high-profile buildings, including the White House!

The quickest and most effective way to eliminate termites is to call professional pest control experts like Brody Brothers. With over 40 years of pest control experience, we’re experts at eliminating termites in Maryland!

Each of our pest experts undergo 320+ hours of training, led by Levi Brody, an Associate Certified Entomologist with nearly 30 years of pest control experience, so they, too, become experts at getting rid of pests in your home. We have access to the highest-quality products that completely remove pests more swiftly and effectively than conventional DIY methods.

Many of our Maryland customers are delighted to learn that most of our professional products start working the day they’re installed.

When you first notice signs of termites in your home, it’s crucial to act promptly. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Contact a Termite Specialist: Our experts are equipped to handle termite issues effectively and implement measures to deter future pest problems.
  2. Do Not Disturb Them: It’s important not to interfere with them or attempt to eradicate them using standard household insecticides. Termites are adept at sensing disturbances and may relocate, making it harder for professionals to control and allowing them to continue causing damage in new areas of your home.
  3. Avoid DIY Remedies:If you’ve already tried a DIY termite solution, don’t worry but, instead, focus your energy on prevention. DIY and store-bought sprays repel termites so they avoid baits instead of sharing them with their colony and queen. Also, there’s no need to spray swarmers since 99% of them will die quickly without an environment with 100% humidity. You can simply vacuum those up.

Schedule a Professional Inspection: Contact a reputable pest control team, like Brody Brothers, to conduct a comprehensive termite evaluation on your property. Our specialists will assess your home’s interior and exterior, focusing on areas particularly susceptible to termite invasion.

When signs of termites emerge, it is best to contact a professional pest control company. Despite many online DIY solutions, they are typically ineffective at completely eradicating established termite colonies, leading to ongoing issues and increased property damage.
Instead, leverage professional pest exterminators’ expertise and specialized equipment to effectively eliminate termites from your home.

Proactive measures are crucial to safeguarding your home against termites. Here are some steps Baltimore residents can take to prevent termites from entering your property:

  1. Keep wood-to-ground contact minimal: Maintain an 18-inch gap between the soil in crawlspaces or any other wooden structures outside, keep mulch dirt 6 inches away from the siding line of your home, and inspect your foundation regularly for any signs of termite activity or damage.
  2. Reduce Moisture: Termites thrive in moist environments, so reducing moisture around your home is crucial. Ensure proper drainage by installing well-functioning downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks to direct water away from your home’s foundation.
  3. Ventilation: Properly ventilate crawl spaces to reduce humidity levels, making them less favorable to termites.
  4. Landscape Maintenance: Trim vines, bushes, and hedges to prevent them from blocking vents, and avoid planting trees and shrubs too close to your home.
  5. Address Leaks Promptly: Termites require moisture to survive, so fix any leaks in plumbing or roofing promptly to avoid attracting them to your home.
  6. Clean Gutters and Pipes: Regularly clean out gutters and pipes to eliminate potential moisture spots for termites.
  7. Wood Management: Avoid stacking firewood against your house and remove tree stumps from your yard.
  8. Don’t Overapply Mulch: Mulch should be no more than 3 inches deep and remove old mulch before applying new.
  9. Schedule Regular Inspections: Nothing beats regular termite inspections! They are the #1 way to ensure that no new colonies have emerged and to catch infestations early before they cause significant damage.

Read 9 Ways Protect Your Home from Termites for more termite prevention tips.

Swarmer termites are the most visible and measure about 3/8 inch long (including wings). They’re dark brown to black, with grayish-brown wings extending beyond their bodies.
Worker termites are creamy white, approximately 1/8 inch long, and are rarely seen outside the mud tubes they create.

Termite activity peaks in Maryland from March to September, with ideal conditions in early spring when ground moisture is high and temperatures exceed 50 degrees.

Termites can forage over the length of a football field, so if your neighbor’s house has an active termite infestation, there’s a good chance they’re near your home, too.
Colonies can spread quickly, especially during swarming season, so scheduling a termite inspection is crucial if you believe you or your neighbors have termites.

Every year, numerous households in Maryland experience Eastern Subterranean termite infestations.

Unchecked termite activity can lead to significant structural damage in homes. Surprisingly, termites cause more damage to homes annually in the United States than all reported fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and windstorms combined.

Termites primarily threaten wooden structures and are generally not harmful to humans; however, their presence can indirectly impact human health in several ways:

  • Accidents:Severe termite infestations can weaken wooden structures, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries. Additionally, termites may chew on electrical cables, posing a risk of electrocution and damage to electronics.
  • Stress: Dealing with a termite infestation can be stressful, given the risk of property damage, financial loss, and potential for recurring problems.

While termites may not directly harm humans, promptly eliminating them is essential to mitigate potential risks to property… and sanity.

Homeowners insurance usually doesn’t cover termite damage nor treatment costs, as they’re deemed preventable. Exceptions may exist, so review your policy and consult your provider to understand your coverage.

Regular inspections and preventative measures can safeguard your home from costly damage, even if not insurance-covered. If you suspect termite damage, contact a professional pest control company promptly. They can evaluate the situation, apply suitable treatments, and help prevent additional damage to your home.

Termite extermination typically costs between $499 and $1,500. Exact quotes depend on the type of termite, infestation level, size and location of your home, and treatment methods required, which are determined after an inspection.

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How do I keep ants out of the house?

Here’s how to keep ants out of your house and maintain a pest-free environment:

  • Keep your kitchen, dining room, and pantry clean. Regularly sweep the floors, wipe off countertops daily, and ensure all food items are properly sealed.
  • Act quickly to clean up food spills. If you accidentally spill food or drink, make sure to promptly clean it up to avoid attracting ants.
  • Eliminate food crumbs after every meal. Thoroughly wipe down counters and tables with warm soapy water to remove any food residue. Pay attention to crevices and corners where crumbs can hide. This is especially important if you have young children who tend to leave crumbs around the living room or kitchen.
  • Keep surfaces dry. Ensure that counters, sinks, and floors are thoroughly dried after cleaning or any spills. Standing water or moisture can attract ants.
  • Take out the trash promptly and keep garbage cans tightly sealed. Dispose of trash, particularly items with strong odors, immediately after use. Remember, ants are drawn to sugary treats!
  • Store food in sealed baggies or airtight containers. Avoid leaving any food uncovered as it can easily attract ants.
  • Maintain cleanliness around your pet’s food area. Keep your pet’s food bowl clean and tightly seal pet food containers. Pets may leave behind crumbs after eating, so be sure to sweep or vacuum the area regularly. Consider storing pet food in a large, airtight plastic container instead of its original packaging.
  • Monitor indoor humidity levels. Certain ant species, like odorous house ants, acrobat ants, and carpenter ants, are attracted to damp wood for its moisture content. Be mindful of indoor humidity and address any potential moisture issues promptly.

For more information about how to get rid of ants in your home, check out How Do I Get Rid of an Ant Infestation.

How do I keep ants out of the yard?

Here’s how to keep ants out of your yard and maintain a pest-free outdoor space:

  • Trim outdoor branches and shrubbery. Cutting back all of the branches and shrubbery close to your home can inhibit ants from nesting. Ants use these elements to bypass the treated perimeter of your home.
  • Don’t over-mulch. It’s recommended to keep mulch depth under three inches.
  • Don’t leave tree stumps or rotting wood lying around. Rotting wood attracts ants. Avoid any situations where wood is in direct contact with the ground or right next to your home. Monitor wood decay and replace damaged wood as necessary.
  • Eliminate yard debris, especially close to your home. Remove piles of debris, like leaves, firewood, or bricks, and ensure your gutters aren’t clogged.
  • Notice the plants in your yard. Control aphids, a.k.a. plant lice, on your favorite flowers and shrubs, such as crepe myrtles, rose bushes, American holly, peonies, any type of maple, and English ivy.
  • Be mindful of your neighbors’ yards. Ant colonies like odorous house ants are very large, have multiple queens, and spread across multiple properties. This is especially true if your home is in close proximity to neighbors, such as most single-family and townhome communities. Therefore, while we can exterminate ants from your home and property, there’s a good chance the remaining ants on your neighbor’s property will make their way back to yours at a future point. For these reasons, a regular inspection plan is needed to ensure long-term ant management.

For more information about how to get rid of ants in your yard, check out How Do I Get Rid of an Ant Infestation.

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