Termites don’t’ take a break during the winter.
Most people are on high alert for their activity during the summer and spring months, but neglect preventative measures once the colder season approaches. When it’s warmer, homeowners spend more time outdoors, therefore increasing the chances of seeing termites, whereas during the winter, people are bundled up indoors and are more likely to miss signs of termite infestation.
SO, WHAT HAPPENS TO TERMITES DURING THE WINTER?
Surprisingly, termites are still alive during the colder months and will continue to seek out food. Just because you don’t see them, it doesn’t mean they’re dead.
Winter activity depends on to the location of the colony and what type of termites reside there. Today, our focus is on four species of termites: Eastern Subterranean, Drywood, Formosan Subterranean and Dampwood termites.
Though winter effects each species’ behavior differently, the perfect temperature for all termite species is roughly 75 degrees. Each species will try to find warmth differently during the winter months, but most will relocate and move deep underground. As the temperature drops, termites dig further and further into the ground where it’s warm. Researchers have found evidence of termite colonies more than 40 inches below the ground. Since they still need food to survive, many species remain active and in search of sustenance for their colony.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Termites may not be easy to find during the winter, but infestations are still possible. Termites need food, water, and warmth during winter months, so a cozy home is perfect for them. You should continue to check for mud tubes, damage wood, and stray wings during the winter season to see if you have a termite problem. Termites have a tendency to build mud tubes both inside and outside of homes.
Though termites may be less active during the winter months, you must stay vigilant. Contact Arrow Termite & Pest Control today for the best termite prevention plan for your home this winter.