Is DIY Termite Control Worth The Time And Money In Wilmington?

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Termites are notoriously difficult for Wilmington homeowners to handle. It’s easy to miss signs of termite damage, which makes treatment extra hard. But Delmar Pest Control is the expert in Wilmington pest control. If you’re struggling to deal with a termite infestation, call Delmar Pest Control today. 

Signs Of Termite Activity To Watch For Around Your Home

Termites are small insects. They have elongated, oval-shaped bodies that range in color from a creamy white shade to brown. You might not see termites themselves, though. Termites don’t often expose themselves to open air, preferring to stay in their tunnels and nests. Instead, here are some other signs of a termite infestation to watch out for:

  • Wings shed by termite swarmers
  • Small, round holes in wood
  • Piles of sawdust-like “frass,” or termite feces
  • Hollow-sounding wood
  • Blistered or unevenly colored wooden structures 

Termite damage can be subtle, especially early on in the infestation. It’s important that you have an eye out for these signs, just in case. The sooner a termite infestation is caught, the better off you and your house will be. 

Why Do I Have Termites In My House?

Termites typically enter homes because they have easy access to the wood these pests like to eat. Although there are specific things you can target and fix around the house in order to prevent a termite infestation, they aren’t always obvious. Long tree branches that touch the house, for example, can be an issue. Termites can use the connections between trees and soil to get to wooden parts of your home. They also seek out areas with excess moisture or where wood is already damaged. It’s important to be aware of what termites look for so you can work to keep them away from your home. 

Do-It-Yourself Termite Control Is Less Than Effective

Termite infestations are hard to catch, which makes them even harder to treat on your own. You’ll likely be able to find termite treats and bait online or in a store, but these actually aren’t the best options. They might help, but termite colonies can have thousands of termites. As long as there are still termites in a colony, they will continue to cause damage to your home. Instead, take what you know about what termites are attracted to and set up your house to prevent infestations. You can do this by:

  • Diverting water away from the foundation of your home
  • Repairing anything that’s causing excess moisture, especially in the walls
  • Storing firewood at least 20 feet from the home
  • Eliminating any contact between wood and soil
  • Sealing any cracks and crevices in the walls
  • Scheduling regular termite inspections

Water that pools in or around your home can create excess moisture, which makes an ideal environment for termites. Contact between soil and wood provides pathways for termites to access your home more easily, as do cracks in the walls and around windows and doors. When your home is regularly inspected for termites, you’re more likely to catch an infestation before the damage becomes severe. 

Termites cause billions of dollars in property damage across the country every year. You don’t want your home compromised. Although these termite prevention tips can help a lot, real treatment should be left in the hands of pest control professionals. 

Contact The Professionals For Quality Effective Termite Control

Delmar Pest Control offers professional termite treatments for Wilmington homes. Our priority is keeping your home free of termites, which is why we use only the best products and procedures. We also make sure to use multi-step treatments to ensure the termite infestation is gone for good. If you need a termite inspection or treatment, call Delmar Pest Control today for the best results around. 

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