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Signs of Termites

Signs of Termite Infestation

The most common termites in New England are eastern subterranean termites. They enter buildings through exterior wood that comes into direct contact with the soil. Once inside, these pests feed on cellulose fiber in things like:

  • Support beams
  • Furniture
  • Foundations
  • Books

Though tiny, New England termites can cause big issues. Unfortunately, these can go unnoticed until you discover swarms or significant property damage. To prevent more severe problems down the line, home and business owners should be aware of a few key signs of termites.

Winged Termites

One of the biggest signs that you have an infestation is finding winged termites in the house. Small and black, people often confuse them for ants. However, this insect has a wider, thicker waist and translucent wings that are even in length. These insects typically emerge in the spring to mate, then shed their wings.

Born only from colonies that are at least five years old, these pests are a sure indicator of an ongoing termite problem. By the time you notice their presence, odds are they’ve been there for quite some time. While there is a chance that you’ll spot these swarmers, you’re also likely to find their cast off wings.

Damaged Wood

Pinpoints in wood are another sign of a termite infestation. These holes can indicate that termites are tunneling. You may also find hollow spots in exposed wood by gently tapping on the surface. If you see signs of termites in your house or business, contact Waltham Pest Services for assistance.

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