During the colder winter months, it is easy to believe that you don’t need to worry about termites. Other animals and insects hibernate or die off, so termites may not even enter your mind. Unfortunately, termites do not take the winter off and will continue to eat away at your home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that termite prevention and control should always be a top priority when it comes to pest control.
How do termites survive the winter?
Termites remain active year round. Cold weather may mean that termites need to make some adjustments, but don’t let that make you complacent. In colder climates, subterranean termites will move deeper underground to gain access to more warmth. Termites in these conditions have been found living as much as 40 inches below the ground. Cold weather may also cause them to slow down a bit and forage closer to the nest.
If termites are already in homes or buildings that are heated, very little may change in their day to day activities. This is because the optimal temperature for termites is around 75 degrees fahrenheit, which also happens to be right around room temperature for most people. If they have food, moisture, and shelter, the termites will just keep doing their thing, day after day. That includes the queen, who generally lays eggs at a steady rate, regardless of the season.
What signs of termites should I look for in the winter?
During the winter, it may be harder to find signs of termites. This is not because they aren’t there, but because most homeowners aren’t as aware of them. People don’t tend to be outside as much and may not notice termite problems. The signs of termites are the same year round and include:
- Mud tubes
- Termite swarms (though these usually do not happen December-February)
- Wood damage
- Moisture damage
- Piles of frass (termite excrement)
- Cracks in walls and ceilings
- Hollow sounding wood
North Texas Termite Control
Winter is not a time to relax when it comes to termites. Instead, you should continue with preventive measures and make sure that you have yearly termite inspections done to catch any problems early. EcoArmor Pest Defense wants to make sure that your home and property is safe from termites. Regardless of the season, if you are worried that you might have a termite infestation, get professional help immediately. For termite control in Anna, TX and surrounding areas, you can trust EcoArmor Pest Defense to get the job done right.