In our most recent blog, we told you all about termites and how they can cause destruction of your property. Since most houses are built with wood frames, termites in the United States have no problem taking up residence in your home and destroying it from the inside out. In short, having termites in your home in the Hingham area means it’s time to call for termite control.

To tell the truth, it can be very difficult to discover you have termites. You never really see the frame of your house unless you’re in the attic, and termites don’t tend to get that high up. They’ll simply hide out behind your walls, slowly eating your house and damaging the structure. Calling a professional termite exterminator is the best way to investigate your home and look for those destructive pests.

But if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t deal with a problem until they see it themselves, we have a few things to look for to tell you that it’s time to contact a termite exterminator.

Flying Termites

Most termites never have wings, and those who do often lose them after traveling a short distance and starting a new colony.

But there is a short time when termites will gather outside of their nest in order to “send off” the next generation. These flyers, called alates, are males and females who are heading off to find a new burrow and start making termites of their own. The most common time you’ll see this is right after a rain, as termites are big fans of humidity. If you see these termite alates — or their discarded wings — be sure to call termite control for a more thorough investigation.

Hollow Wood

As we’ve already mentioned, termites are often behind walls. This often means that you’ll never see the damage they do as a structure falls apart around you.

But even if you could see the lumber that makes up your house, you might still be unaware of the damage. That’s because termites eat wood from the inside out, so you might not see many entrance holes on an exposed 2 x 4 but the entire inside might be hollow.

If you come across a piece of wood that sounds hollow when you tap on it, or you can literally poke a hole through it with your finger, you should call a termite exterminator. This wood might not necessarily be a part of your house, but if you find that your wood fence has been infested, it’s very likely that they’ve moved into your house as well. Remember the alates!

Noise In The Walls

We don’t have to tell you that noise coming from your walls is a good sign that you need to call pest control of some kind. While it could be mice or rats, there’s also a good chance that you have termites to deal with.

Termites are surprisingly noisy eaters, as they have incredibly strong jaws. While you might not be able to hear the sound of just one termite eating, you can probably hear the sound of hundreds as they gnaw on the frame of the house. Simply put your ear up to the wall, and call for termite control if you hear a constant chewing sound.

Call Us For Pest Control!

If you have any inclination that you have termites, never hesitate to contact a pest control expert. The fate of your house might be on the line, so contact Safety Fumigant!