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Ask a Danvers Pest Control Company: How Do I Know Termites Are Damaging My Home?

January 16, 2014

Richie the Bug Man has been providing safe and reliable termite extermination services to the Danvers area since 1988. But how you know if you have termites? When is it time to call Richie for help? Well, if you have experienced any of the following 5 signs, you may be facing a termite infestation in your home.

  • Hollow wood: Termites thrive in dark, hidden and humid conditions. This means they won’t normally feed on the surface of wood, where they would be visible to people or exposed to the elements. In some cases, the wood’s surface might appear smooth and intact despite the termites’ harmful presence. But if you tap on the wood only to be met with a foreboding, hollow tone, chances are there are termites are feasting on your wood from the inside out.
  • Swarms of winged insects or evidence of their shed wings: This is a big one to watch out for. Reproductive termites or ‘swarmers’ as they are called in the pest control business, are the creators of new termite colonies. Underground termites typically swarm and reproduce in spring time. However, drywood swarms (the kind most likely to be infesting your home) are far less predictable. If you see a swarm of insects or clumps of discarded wings, your next move has to be calling Richie the Bug Man. Every minute you hesitate let’s those hungry little creatures burrow deeper into your home.
  • Destroyed paint on wooden surfaces: Drywood termites only need an opening the size of the edge of a dime to infiltrate your home. This means that in many cases, by the time the homeowner even realize there is a chink in their home’s armor, the termites have already moved in. That’s why it’s important to monitor and seal any cracks in your home’s foundation and near roofing, aluminum siding, air vents, ducts, doors and windows.
  • Visible mud tubes on exterior walls: Subterranean termites construct mud tubes on surfaces that appeal to them, such as your home’s foundation, to provide moisture while they look for food. One tip that we have found works is storing alternative wood sources like mulch, firewood or wood chips a good distance from your home. This will help you avoid creating woody, moisture-rich habitats near your for termites to take advantage of.
  • Frass: Drywood termites leave wood-colored droppings called frass as they eat their way through the wood in your home. If you see such droppings in or near your home, it means your termite infestation is pretty serious. Keep gutters, downspouts and crawl spaces free of debris and plant based materials because they are ideal food sources for termites.
If you notice one or all of the above signs, call Richie the Bug Man immediately! Our pest control experts are standing by!

 

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