Wilmington Property Owners' Guide To Subterranean Termite Control

July 14, 2021

How much do you know about subterranean termites? If you were to pick a dead branch up from the ground in your yard and find tiny, pale insects (that look a little bit like maggots) disappear into the branch, would you recognize them as termites? If so, you're ahead of the game. Some residents in Wilmington pay little or no attention to termite workers when they discover them because they figure those insects are just one of the many insects that live in their yard—most of which are harmless to properties. The first step in protecting your home from serious damage is to understand the threat that subterranean termites represent.

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What It Means To Find Subterranean Termites

If you pick up branches in your yard and discover tiny, pale insects that are about ⅛ of an inch long, you need to understand what you've uncovered. There are a lot of misconceptions about termites.

  • Termites prefer dead wood, but don't make the mistake of thinking that they'll only feed on dead branches and sticks in your yard. They can attack a tree with heart rot. They can attack a stump, log, or a pile of firewood. They can attack your deck and other exterior structures, and they can also get into your home.

  • Termite workers are small, but don't think that the damage they can do is small. A subterranean termite colony can have hundreds of thousands of workers on average, and you can have more than one colony near your home.

  • Termite workers travel a long distance in search of food. If you find termites attacking a food source, like a dead branch, you should know that every colony in the area is likely to know that your property has food.

  • While termite workers feed on a branch in your yard, they can also be feeding on other things at the same time. They don't concentrate on one food source.

The Biggest Mistake You Can Make With Termites In Wilmington

If you burn a branch that has termites in it, you'll kill those termites. But don't do as some have done. Don't consider stacking branches on the ground to provide a food source for termites and try to exterminate them by burning the sticks, branches, and debris. This does not address the source of the infestation, which is the colony under the ground.

You may consider purchasing products to pour on the ground and kill termites. We don't recommend this either. Not only are many termite products hit-or-miss for eliminating termite workers or colonies, but you won't know if you've succeeded. This will allow termites to continue to damage your property.

The Best Things You Can Do About Termites In Wilmington

Invest in professional termite control. A certified termite control professional is trained to properly administer termite control products into the ground using specialized equipment. This creates an effective barrier around your property and ensures the best possible termite control. Along with this, a termite control professional is trained to inspect your property for warning signs of termite activity and also conducive conditions that can attract termites. There is no better way to safeguard your equity. If there were, we'd tell you.

Whether you've discovered termites on your Wilmington property or you'd like to preemptively protect your property from termite damage, connect with us. Our service professionals can guide you in finding the right solution for your Wilmington property and put in place the most effective termite barrier available. We'd love the opportunity to meet with you. Don't let termites eat you out of house and home and threaten your savings account. Get proactive and reach out to us today.

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