Termite Inspections In Delaware
At Delmarva Inspections Group, we find our fair share of termites. Subterranean termites are the biggest problem and are very active across Delaware and Maryland. They can be seen swarming during warm days of rainfall and are also known to swarm in heated buildings during the winter months. In Delaware and Maryland, termites are considered moderate to heavy and require more control measures. Although, at Delmarva Inspections Group, termite inspections are at the top of the list, we take significant steps to inspect for termites and other destructive insects.
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Termite Inspections And Other Wood Destroying Insects
If you're a home buyer, seller, or family wanting a home inspection, we have you covered. However, never trust your home inspection to just anyone. At Delmarva Inspections Group, our team is under the direction of our co-founder and Inspections Manager, Ed Dee, who's completed thousands of home inspections. Additionally, all our inspectors are InterNACHI® trained and certified residential and commercial property inspectors. Ed Dee also spent 25 years as a general contractor. So when you need to trust a company for your termite inspections and wood destroying insects, trust the value and experience of Delmarva Inspections Group.
The Prevention Of Termites Is The Best Cure
It goes without saying when it comes to termites, "A pound of prevention is better than a pound of cure." The fact is a homeowner can prevent termite problems. The first step in fighting off termites is to deny them moisture, food, and shelter.
What we can do to prevent termites:
- Give planter boxes and soil-filled porches a 2-inch clearance from your home, as well as a 2-inch clearance from your home.
- Eliminate all wood-to-soil contact, such as door facings, fence posts, trellises, and stair casings.
- Whenever possible, use masonry blocks or pressure-treated wood.
- Shrubbery needs to have a clear separation from the house, making it easier to inspect the foundation.
- Seal any breaches in the foundations.
- Remove all wood piles, wood scraps, and tree stumps from around the foundation.
- Floor beams need a 12 to an 18-inch clearance between floor beams and the soil underneath.
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What Everyone Should Know About Termites And Wood Destroying Insects In Delaware
Termites and other wood-destroying insects can cause significant damage to homes and buildings in Delaware. Here are some key things that everyone should know about these pests:
- Types of Wood-Destroying Insects: The most common wood-destroying insects in Delaware are termites, carpenter ants, and powder post beetles. Each of these pests can cause significant damage to wooden structures if left unchecked.
- Signs of Infestation: Some common signs of a termite or other wood-destroying insect infestation include: mud tubes or tunnels on the foundation or walls of a building, discarded wings near windows and doors, hollow-sounding wood, and sawdust or frass (termite droppings).
- Prevention: Preventative measures can be taken to reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation. These include keeping gutters clear and directing water away from the home's foundation, sealing any cracks or gaps in the foundation, and removing any wood or plant debris from around the home.
- Treatment: If you suspect a termite or other wood-destroying insect infestation, it is important to contact a professional pest control company. They can inspect the property and recommend the most appropriate treatment, including baiting, liquid treatments, or fumigation.
- Inspections: In Delaware, a termite inspection is typically required before the sale of a home. It is recommended that homeowners also schedule regular termite inspections every few years to catch any potential problems early on.
By staying aware of the signs of a termite or other wood-destroying insect infestation, taking preventative measures, and scheduling regular inspections and treatments, homeowners in Delaware can help protect their property from these damaging pests.
What Are The Origins Of Termites, And Who Eats Them
Termites are social insects that belong to the order Isoptera. They evolved over 100 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous period and are thought to have originated in Africa. From there, they spread to other continents, including South America, Asia, and Australia.
As for who eats termites, they are a dietary staple for various animals, including anteaters, aardvarks, pangolins, and certain species of birds and primates. In some cultures, termites are also consumed by humans as a source of protein. However, it is important to note that consuming termites or other insects as food should be done cautiously and only after proper preparation, as some species may carry harmful bacteria or toxins. When you need a termite inspection, call the experts at Delmarva Inspections Group.
We Use State-Of-The-Art Equipment
At Delmarva Inspections Group, we understand the importance of protecting your home from termite damage. Our team of experienced inspectors uses state-of-the-art equipment to thoroughly assess your property for signs of termite activity. With our help, you can rest easy knowing that your home was inspected against these destructive pests. Contact us today to schedule your wood destroying insect and termite inspection and take the first step in protecting your investment.