Old House Borers
Old house borers are a kind of beetle that feeds on certain
soft woods - generally newer woods (the name is deceptive). The adults (that
actually look like beetles) aren't the ones that do any damage - in fact,
they only live a couple of weeks. It's the larva that will harm your house -
little worm-looking bugs that live for years before they turn into adults,
and eat into wood digging tunnels all around in it. They've got three big
signs, and two of them could make you think you have termites.
First, they will dig little holes in the wood, so you'll see the
place where the adult beetles have come out.
Second, they leave sawdust around these holes - which is the same thing that drywood termites do. The sawdust will generally happen in mid-summer, when the adults emerge.
Third, though, they make gnawing sounds periodically, which you will be able to hear from several feet away. That's the big distinguishing one, because termites obviously don't do that. People have also described the sound as a clicking noise. You usually only hear this sound during the spring and summer.
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