Residential Pest Control Services serving NJ, PA, DE, MD and NY since 1980
Viking provides friendly, professional pest control service to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and Maryland. Viking Pest Control is not a national franchise that has forgotten the local customer, or a small business that doesn’t pick up the phone. Viking is now in its 2nd generation of family ownership and continues to grow while offering top-rated service to our customers.
Viking Pest Control has been able to grow its reputation and service territory by offering a very simple strategy; be friendly, knowledgeable, punctual, look and act professional, and of course, deliver on what you promise! It sounds simple, yet so many service professionals don’t uphold these values. This is who we are, how we train and what we’re all about.
For year round protection, Viking offers these home protection services to keep your home pest-free!
Viking Home Protection Plans
Pests can ruin our homes, health, and happiness. These pests come in many different varieties and they come at different times of the year. That’s why Viking Pest Control has developed plans to protect your home for all four seasons.
By using our protection services, you get a pest shield to protect your home all year and we are able to stop pests before they invade your home! Viking Pest Control will visit your home (according to your service plan) throughout the year. We will inspect and perform treatment as needed to key pest points at your home.
In Spring we provide our first perimeter treatment of the season to the exterior of your home. This treatment will aid in the prevention of crawling pests such as ants, mites, earwigs, beetles and many others. In addition Viking will treat any wasp or hornet nests that may be forming in various areas of your home. This will prevent bigger problems in the summer. Depending on the service plan you choose, our licensed service technician may or may not provide a scheduled interior inspection.
For our Summer service we renew the protective barrier around your home to prevent Summer time pests such as spiders, millipedes, ants, beetles and yellow jackets or wasps. Flying insect nests will be treated to eliminate active populations. Depending on the service plan you choose, our licensed service technician may or may not provide a scheduled interior inspection.
In the Fall we establish a new barrier around your home to prevent Fall pests such as ants, ticks, crickets, silverfish and spiders from invading your home. Your service technician will pay extra close attention to the exterior of your home for rodent entry points and any activity to stop rodents before they can get inside for the winter. Depending on the service plan you choose, our licensed service technician may or may not provide a scheduled interior inspection.
During the Winter visit for the Viking Quarterly Home Service Plan we conduct an intensive and thorough inspection to the interior of your home to identify potential problems that may occur later in the year. We follow up our inspection with suggestions and recommendations to prevent pest entry and reduce conducive conditions.
How do I know if I have termites?If you have a pest sample, you can look for the following characteristics:
- Elbowed antennae
- Three distinct body segments with a slim “waist”
- Front wings longer than back ones
- Various sizes
- Straight antennae
- No “waistline”
- Wings long and of equal length
- Usually only about 1/8″ in length
What can termites do to my home?
How to save your home, and your budget, from being eaten full of holes.
What can termites do to my home? Termites eat wood. In their natural state, they eat fallen logs and stumps off the forest floor. But on your property, they can eat away the equity you have built up in your home and property. Termites infest millions of homes nationwide, causing billions of dollars in damage annually, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
What should I know about a termite colony?
Subterranean termites are native to every state except Alaska. A colony may include up to several million individuals, living as deep as 20 feet underground. Feeding on cellulose-based material, such as wood, termites find human dwellings offer the ideal combination of warmth, moisture and food.
The Queen occupies a “royal cell” with the King. She may live up to 30 years, laying many thousands of eggs annually.
Supplementary Reproductives act as replacements for the Queen if she should die. They may also produce eggs even if the Queen is healthy to help increase colony size.
Soldiers with armored heads and strong jaws, protect the colony from enemies, most commonly ants.
Winged Reproductives are the termites you may see when they “swarm”, usually in the spring signaling a well-developed colony. After shedding their wings, reproductives pair off, burrow into the soil and begin a new colony.
Workers represent most of the termites in a colony. Blind and sterile, they forage for the colony’s food. Most damage is caused by worker termites.
How do termites get in?
Because termites need moisture and have a low tolerance to air and light, they live underground, attacking a home from below. A loose mortar joint, a minute space around a drain pipe, or a settlement crack in the basement is all they need to gain entry.
Aren’t new homes and houses with concrete slabs virtually termite-proof?
The experience of homeowners nationwide shows that no home, new or old, is safe from termites. By building mud tubes, termites can cross concrete, brick, cider block, metal termite shields, pretreated wood, or any barrier other than a professionally – applied termite treatment.
If I haven’t seen swarming termites, or traces of damage, can my home still be in danger?
Unfortunately, yes. When a colony swarms, the winged termites may be in the air for just a few minutes and you may not see them. Termites also eat wood from the inside out, making their activity detectable only by professional termite inspection.
When is the right time to call in a termite professional?
Call Viking for an inspection at the first indication of termites, for cost effective treatment. The longer you delay treatment, the more damage termites will do. Repairs will become more extensive, and more expensive. Generally speaking, the sooner you approve treatment, the better.
If you are considering listing your home for sale, be sure to have Viking inspect at no cost prior to bringing the property to market to avoid problems later.
How a professional protects your home and property
While much termite damage is hidden, termites have few secrets to the eyes of a Viking Professional. He knows the conditions termites favor, and how to uncover termite activity which the untrained eye might pass over – with damaging results.
What will you do to get rid of the termites?
Create an invisible barrier between your home and the termites, blocking them from your house. Treatment begins with a thorough inspection. Then, an analysis of your home and property is prepared. Finally, applying materials to effectively control termites.
How will you achieve this invisible barrier?
Methods vary with each house, depending on the type of foundation or basement, construction chimneys, etc. By digging narrow trenches along walls and drilling through horizontal surfaces and into voids, materials can be applied where they will kill termites within your home and block the colony’s reentry.
Won’t this kind of thorough treatment be a lot of trouble?
No. Viking’s modern termite control treatment will usually take a single day, or less, with very little upset to your daily routine. And, considering the fact that a home is the largest single investment most American families will ever make, protecting its value is not much trouble at all.
What you’ll see us do as we treat your home
Trench and treat the outside foundation. The first basic step.
Trench and treat inside the crawl space foundation wall. This is necessary if your house has a crawl space or a basement with a dirt floor.
Treat the soil under a crawl space. If space is limited, we’ll usually have to drill small holes in the outside concrete wall surrounding the crawl space.
Treat beneath the flower boxes or other parts of the structure that protrude out from the main structure.
The soil in bath traps must be treated and access panels may have to be cut.
Treat behind the brick veneer.
Treat the spaces around the chimney.
Treat hollow blocks.
Treat cracks, expansion joints and voids under the basement floor or slab.
Treat near the ducts in the slab.
Treat the areas where the pipes and utility lines penetrate the slab or basement floor.
Treat the soil beneath the porch and/or deck.
Treat between the steps and house.
Drill and inject the brick piers.
Make your home a fortress against termites
Viking’s termite treatment creates an invisible underground barrier that prevents termite entry.
Our methods create “treatment zones” that will prevent future termite infestation. With today’s new science and creation of new materials, we can treat with less interruption of your home. We Guarantee it…
We also will provide annual inspections to safe-guard your home as long as you keep your coverage in effect.
And for you: the peace of mind that comes only in knowing your home investment has been treated professionally.
Your home is your castle. Make it a fortress against termites, as well.
Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System
Viking Termite & Pest Control, Inc. has been authorized by Dow AgroSciences to install and maintain the Sentricon System. This termite elimination system provides you with an alternative to traditional termite treatments. Talk to your Viking representative today and learn more about this system.
Viking performs the following steps:
- First, your property is carefully inspected for signs of termites.
- Then, Sentricon stations will be placed in the soil around your building. Where a building is edged with concrete sidewalks, driveways or parking lots, a concrete coring device may be used to place the stations.
- The stations will be regularly scanned with electronic tools for termite activity without disturbing landscaping.
- When termites are discovered a Baitube device containing Recruit termite bait will be placed in stations near the activity.
- Termites that feed on the bait will begin the process of eliminating the colony.
- After the colonies are eliminated the bait will be replaced with new monitoring devices.
- Viking will continue to electronically inspect monitoring devices to discover any new colony that might invade your property.
- This service will automatically continue at the end of your original service agreement, year after year to provide you peace of mind. Your service agreement explains the details of continued service.
Let our trained professional representative inform you of your treatment options. Make sure you call Viking today to schedule an inspection of your home and get all the facts about professional termite control.
*Sentricon is a registered trademark of Dow Agrosciences, LLC
Stink Bug Info
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) has become quite a common pest in recent years to many residents in our service territory. Commonly referred to as a “stink bug”, due to their unpleasant odor, it was accidently brought over to the US sometime around 1998 near Allentown, PA. Since its arrival, the stink bug has become quite the agricultural nightmare for many farmers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Stink Bugs have infested fruits, vegetables and many crops in the area.
Stink Bug adults emerge from overwintering between May and the beginning of June. They mate and lay eggs from June through September. The eggs hatch into small nymphs that go through five molts between July and September. Adults begin to appear in mid August to early September. Studies have shown that their flights in search of overwintering sites start in mid September and peak during the first half of October. Activity is most common in homes August through December.
How To Get Rid of Stink Bugs
It is difficult to completely rid your home of stink bugs, but you can take some precaution and measures to deter these pests. For starters, make sure when you catch them to not crush them! This can emit their unpleasant odor and possibly attract even more to that area. Secondly, it is advisable to seal up your home as best you can. Place screens over your windows and vents, and seal up your cracks and crevices that allow access to your home for these flat bodied intruders!
Some experience 1,000’s of these buggers in, on and around their home! With some simple fixes you may be able to limit this number.
Potential concerns with Stink Bugs:
Stink Bugs are mostly a nuisance pest to homeowners, as they pose little threat to us other than their odor and overpopulation to several homes.
How Viking can help with you get rid of Stink Bugs:
Viking offers a very effective 3 Step Protection Service that provides treatment to the exterior of your home that will control your stink bug problem. Our Stink Bug Program comes with a 1 Year Service Guarantee which means if the bugs are back, so are we! (At no extra charge!) Give us a call today to schedule your Free Inspection & Estimate!
Do you need a K9 Bed Bug Inspection?
Bed bugs have become an epidemic and many people now want to be sure they have not brought these pests into their home. The human eye can only detect so much, and to thoroughly inspect a room with a trained eye would take hours. The same room can be inspected more accurately by one of our NESDCA Certified Canines in just minutes.
Bed bugs come into our homes in many ways; retail stores, movie theaters, restaurants, travelling, etc. So if you are unsure if you may or may not have them, or would just like peace of mind, give us a call to have Hagar or Helga to come and sniff/inspect your home!
How Accurate are Bed Bug Detection Dogs?
While the human eye can only detect what it can see, our bed bug dogs can detect the bed bug scent, meaning that if a bug is behind a wall or in a mattress, the K-9 will detect it with amazing accuracy! But not just any scent, our Hagar and Helga have been specifically trained to only detect LIVE bed bugs and viable eggs! Many other bed bug detective dogs have been trained only to detect any bed bug scent. Because of this, our dogs will have minimal “false positives”. False positives are when a dog incorrectly signals that he or she has found bed bugs. Unfortunately, dogs are not 100% accurate, but they are very, very close to it. For that reason, it is important that the handler and dog have a very close relationship and that the handler is very familiar with his or her canine. Be careful before you choose just any bed bug dog service. The relationship between the dog and handler is very important along with the dog’s specific training background! Each of our canine handlers is a certified master trainer with The National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association. (NESDCA)
When should you consider a K9 inspection with Hagar or Helga?
- When you return from travel
- Your child returns from camp, college dorms, or travel
- Moving into a new home or apartment
- If you have had tenants move out
- You need inspection done for a larger area (i.e. theaters, retail stores, mass transit, hospitality rooms, etc)
- FOR PEACE OF MIND.
Hagar and Helga are highly trained, bed bug detection dogs. Coming from one of the world’s most trusted and respected K-9 detection training facilities, Hagar and Helga are the most accurate bed bug detectives in the business. With our K-9’s we offer the most efficient and effective method of precise bed bug detection for:
- Your home
- Nursing Homes
- Office Environments
- Retail Stores
- Multi-Unit Housing
- Or Any Other Environment!
Dogs are most commonly known for being utilized to detect drugs, explosives and some can even detect cancer. But did you know that our canines can detect bed bugs? It’s true!
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