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A termite infestation is probably one of the most dreaded insect problems facing home and business owners as these pests survive by eating your wooden infrastructure. Rest assured Creature Control’s pest technicians provide expert termite removal with minimal hassle. Our team of licensed builders can also inspect and repair the damage done to your home or building caused by termites that feed on wood.

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Signs of A Termite Infestation

In Michigan, the Eastern Subterranean Termite is the most common of the species we face. Any others found are generally introduced from another location, like the Drywood or Dampwood Termite which travel within infested furniture, but this is usually rare. Termites feed on moist or decaying wood and can do a lot of damage to your structure once it’s become infested.

  • Termite Swarmers - the surest sign you may have a termite infestation. Similar to flying ants (or ant swarmers) termite swarmers have four wings that are all the same size.
  • Piles of debris that resemble fish scales – after mating, swarmer termites land and shed their wings usually in places like windowsills. If they are the same size wing, call for help!
  • Warm temperatures and heavy rainfall – triggers established colonies to send out a swarm of winged termites for the purpose of creating their own new colony sites.
  • Hollowed or damaged wood – look for an accumulation of soil or mud within the tunnels of the wood that has been eaten away. Subterranean Termites only eat soft wood thus, the damaged area will appear to be layered with the solid, hardwood portion. They also feed along the wood grain whereas Drywood Termites feed across it.
  • Brown tubes – made from mud that align your walls or ceiling connecting termites to their food source.
  • Buckling or swollen wood – termites’ destruction within walls, floorboards, and ceilings sometimes give the effect of minor water damage.
  • Termite nests - are usually underground but when found above ground it’s due to the sufficient moisture conditions available to support the colony.
  • Appearance – reproductive swarmer termites are dark brown to black in color and have two pair of equal length wings and they are about ¼ to ½ inch long. Worker termites are no larger than ¼ inch in length and are cream colored and wingless. Soldier termites also have no wings and are cream colored but their heads are brown and elongated with large mandibles or jaws.
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Termite Treatment

Creature Control handles termite infestations in several ways based on the layout of your home and the degree of invasion. After inspection and finding the source(s) of infestations and other risk areas which allure termites to inhabit, our pest control specialists can inject the wood of your structure with termiticide treatments to eradicate termites. We also use termite bait stations to provide ongoing deterrence.

Creature Control complies with the National Pest Management Association. During home inspections our certified pest control technicians may complete the “Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report” which is a thorough evaluation of your structure. We note the presence of current or recent infestations and the signs of destruction caused by termite activity. You will be given a copy of at the conclusion of the inspection.

Creature Control is a full-service termite removal and wildlife damage restoration company. Not only do we eradicate your pest infestation and prevent further invasions, but we also have licensed builders who are qualified to make any of the necessary repairs done to your home or business due to nuisance animal damage. For professional and competitively priced termite help, give Creature Control a call.

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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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