Termite Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Termites

Close up of a big termite on saw dust

It is rare to discover termites in your home before they've already done extensive and costly damage. Below you can learn the signs of termites, how to get rid of them, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Termites

What are termites?

Termites feed on wood and other plant matter cellulose, making them wood-destroying pests. While some termite species live inside the wood they consume, subterranean termites, the most common species, don't.

Subterranean termites in your home must maintain consistent contact with moist soil, so they build mud tubes to travel between their underground nests and food sources.

Are termites dangerous?

Termites aren't known to spread diseases or bite people, so they are not as dangerous as destructive. Because termite infestations can go for a long time without being noticed, the damage they cause can become a hazard.

Termites don't sleep; they feed 24/7, so it doesn't take long to eat their way through your home. Severe termite damage can cause structural weaknesses to a structure.

Why do I have a termite problem?

Termites are commonly attracted to weathered, water-damaged, or decaying wood. You might not realize the damage a leak, flood, or poor ventilation has caused in your home because it's difficult to see inside walls and under floors. But termites are capable of finding the wood they feed on, making their way to it through cracks in the foundation and exterior walls.

Where will I find termites?

As mentioned above, termites can go for some time without being noticed, so detecting them is not easy. However, you may be able to catch these pests early or figure out where they are if you know the signs.

The signs of termites include mud tubes, usually found around the foundation, and discarded wings near windows, sills, and baseboards, which are shed by flying reproductives. Wood that sounds hollow when tapped, blistering wood floors or discoloration, bubbling or peeling wallpaper, and sounds coming from inside walls are also signs of termite problems.

How do I get rid of termites?

Termites are not pests you can get rid of because they require advanced control methods. The best way to handle a termite problem is with the assistance of pest control experts.

At Delmar Pest Control, our residential and commercial termite treatments include the drill and trench method and bait stations. We use Termidor products, which are effective and trusted among pest control professionals.

Before we implement any treatments on your property, we will complete a full inspection to understand your termite problem.

Contact us at Delmar Pest Control for reliable termite control in Wilmington.

How can I prevent termites in the future?

While professional pest control services are the best way to remove and prevent termites on your property, it is also essential to actively address and reduce conducive conditions, which you can do by:

  • Immediately repairing leaks and properly drying any affected areas.
  • Ensuring proper ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas with high moisture, using dehumidifiers where necessary.
  • Creating a barrier between your home's foundation and soil using crushed rocks.
  • Inspecting the exterior of your home for entry points that need repairs, such as cracks in the foundation, gaps around windows and doors, and other damage.
  • Removing leaf litter, stumps, trees, and other organic debris from your yard.

Considering the benefits of yearly termite inspections to ensure your home isn't vulnerable to a future infestation is also very helpful.

If you are a resident of Wilmington or the surrounding areas, call Delmar Pest Control for more termite prevention tips and assistance in eliminating active infestations from your property.

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