If you are thinking that termites might take a winter break from chomping on the wood of your home, think again. These hardy pests will continue to eat through wood year round.
Most homeowners do termite inspections during warmer months. While gardening or landscaping, a homeowner might run across termites. During colder months, you may not be as active outdoors, but termites certainly are.
Termites Love Wood and Warmth
There are four main termite species – drywood, dampwood, Eastern subterranean, and Formosan subterranean – meaning that termites live in nearly every region of the world. All species eat wood and can cause serious structural damage to your home.
You may not see as many signs of termites in winter, but it doesn’t mean termites are hibernating or dead. Instead, as the weather gets colder, termites dig deeper into the ground to create a warm nest. Ideally, the optimum temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and termites will move the colony to keep warm. Incredibly, termite colonies have been found as deep as 40 inches.
They are harder to find, but they still need food to survive, so they’ll still be active seeking out the wood of your home. Termites need the three W’s: wood, water and warmth. If they can find a way into your warm heated home, they can satisfy all three Ws pretty easily. Termites will tunnel underground, so if you see signs of mud tubes outside your home, this is a sure sign. Also look for discarded wings and damaged wood as a sign of termite infestation.
Swarms When It’s Warm
As the weather warms again in spring, you might see termite swarms, meaning that the colony has grown too large during the winter months and a group of termites is leaving to form a new colony. Swarming is also typical after a heavy rain.
The female member of the new group becomes the new colony queen and begins to lay her eggs. Over a lifetime, one queen can lay one million eggs. You can see how an infestation can form and get quickly out of control. Just because termites appear to be less active during winter does not mean they are.
Don’t let your guard down just because temperatures have turned colder. Termites can cause destructive damage year round. Remember that termites don’t hibernate, so if you want them to take a hike, you’ll have to call the professionals at RID Pest Control in New Jersey. We’ll make sure termites don’t call your house a home for the holidays!