Are termites active in the colder months of the year or do they hibernate like other animals? Termites are active all year long, even through the colder fall and winter seasons. In fact, termite queens lay eggs throughout the year, meaning termite colonies are not only active in the cold but also growing, as well. Termites will often make their nests deeper in the soil when the temperatures drop to better access the warmth of the soil. They may also dig new tunnels to access winter food sources when their summer food sources die off. If they have already established themselves inside your home or office, however, their activity won’t change. Heated buildings and the soil adjacent to them provide termites with the ideal environment to not only survive colder weather, but thrive in it.
What are some common signs of termites to look for?
- Crumbling wood
- Hollow windows and doors
- Bubbling or buckling floors
- Loose tiles
- Holes in drywall
- Sagging sheetrock
- Discoloration of ceilings or walls
What are some things you can do to help prevent termites from taking over your home or office?
- Seal all water and gas lines adequately.
- Repair any leaky faucets or appliances.
- Eliminate standing water in and around your property.
- Get rid of any cellulose material as this is what termites primarily feed on.
If you suspect you have a problem with termites or want to make sure you stay ahead of any potential problems, contact a professional termite control company who can provide you with a free termite inspection and set you up with the most comprehensive termite protection for your situation.