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Most insect pest infestations can only be successfully eradicated by properly licensed and trained pest control professionals who have acquired a great deal of knowledge in their field. This is especially the case when it comes to termites, as termites may be the most well-concealed types of insect pests that regularly invade homes in Massachusetts. In many infestation cases, termite colonies remain within structures for years before the insect pest’s presence becomes known to homeowners. By the time some homeowners become aware of a termite infestation within their home, the insect pests have already inflicted costly damage.

In many cases, homeowners learn of a subterranean termite infestation after spotting mud tubes on their home’s foundation. These mud tubes are built by termites, and they provide the pests with direct access between the ground soil and structural wood sources in a home. Subterranean termites construct mud tubes in order to reach structural wood while protecting themselves from the dry outside air. When these mud tubes are spotted early on during an infestation, serious termite damage to homes can usually be prevented, but average homeowners do not possess the skills and credentials necessary to eliminate infestations on their own. While pest control professionals must be contacted in order to treat termite infestations, homeowners can benefit from learning a bit about how to inspect their properties for a termite presence.

It is not uncommon for homes to become infested with multiple eastern subterranean termite colonies, and many homes in the northeast are currently surrounded by multiple nesting sites. The amount of foraging worker termites that may surround or infest a home can range from hundreds of thousands to even millions. For example, a 2,400 square foot home may contain or be surrounded by several termite colonies with millions of hungry and thirsty eastern subterranean termite workers. Many termite infestations are first noticed during inspections that are carried out before real estate deals are finalized, and home remodeling projects often reveal either a termite presence, termite damaged wood, or both. Homeowners may locate termite damaged wood while venturing into tight locations within attic spaces, cellars or crawl spaces in order to carry out home repairs. When a termite colony within a home has reached maturity, swarming termites (alates) may emerge within a home, which is a clear sign of an active termite infestation. Termite infestations are often prevented by first taking notice of termite colonies within tree stumps, fence posts or utility poles located near a home. Regularly inspecting a home for these signs of a termite presence may allow homeowners to avoid costly renovation projects.

Have you ever found signs of termite damage around your home?