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Having a termite infestation is one of the most dreaded issues a homeowner could face. These swarming pests can quickly jeopardize the integrity of building infrastructure. Our expert technicians will travel to your home or business to eradicate your pest infestation and treat the premises to prevent further invasions. Creature Control also has a restoration team of licensed builders who are qualified to fix any wildlife damage. Don’t delay, call the professionals right away!

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Termite Infestation

Several different subterranean termites live in Colorado and Wyoming. The most common are the western, eastern, and the Arid Land Subterranean termites, which are found throughout the region. Termites will usually begin their infestation in damaged or moist wood foundations, underneath porches, or floorboards. Generally, termites will begin to swarm on a warm day after a rainfall. They may also appear in heated buildings during the winter.

Swarms of black, winged termites might be spotted in buildings in late winter or early spring. Unlike most termites, this type exposes itself to light. They emerge within buildings crowding doorways and windows. This is the first sign of a potential infestation; however, no damage is done by the winged forms. The termite wings will break off after a short time; they will search for a mate and attempt to begin a new colony in moist wood.

Lawns and buildings face termite infestations when they are poorly managed. If the ground is allowed to remain saturated due to adverse downspout drainage (too close to foundation walls, etc.) or from defective landscape irrigation, this can attract and harbor pests of all kinds. Having an abundance of buried wood such as fence posts, excess building material, pallets, tree stumps, and firewood provides an excellent food source for termites. Protect yourself from infestations by remaining proactive in keeping your premises in tip-top shape.

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Termite Troubles

Termites create runways or passages within wood that are coated with a mud-like material glued to the surface. These passageways might be rotten in appearance or largely hollowed out if the infestation has been present for a long time. If probed, many of the hidden worker termites might spill out. They are successful at destroying wood due to their ability to utilize cellulose as food and eat moist wood.

Termite tubes are also a surefire way to determine whether these pests have invaded your infrastructure. These earth-colored tubes are a tunnel to the ground from the wood they feed on. They are also swarming exits for winged termites. These tubes can be found on basement walls, wooden posts, wall studs, mudsills, and around window and door trim. Wood that is embedded with dirt is especially susceptible to termites.

Treating Termite Infestations

Termite infestations are treated in several ways based on your structure's layout and the degree of severity. The two most common treatments are injecting the wood with termiticide applications or placing bait stations throughout the area. Creature Control complies with the National Pest Management Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research, education, and public policy legislation. Our team is dedicated to our customers' safety and wellness, our staff, and the environment. During the inspection, a “Wood Destroying Insect Inspection” may be completed by a certified technician, which will note the presence of current or recent infestations.

Creature Control is a full-service termite removal and restoration company. Our licensed builders are qualified to make any of the necessary repairs done to your home or business. Our staff may also walk you through the insurance claims process if needed. Call us today to schedule a termite inspection and rest assured knowing that we’ll eradicate your pest problem with little to no hassle.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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