How Active Are Termites in the Fall & Winter?
Here in Northern California, we have pest problems all year long. One of the most common pest problems is termites. These dreaded pests can eat away at your property for a long time before ever being discovered. Rather than go dormant in the fall and winter, these pests will continue to be active infesting properties through to the spring. Because they are a year-round threat, it’s crucial to learn how to protect your property from termites not just in the spring and summer, but all year long. Keep reading to learn more about termites in the fall and winter months from the experts at The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control.
What do Termites Do in the Fall & Winter Months?
While some pests are less active in the fall and winter or even overwinter until spring arrives once more, that is not always the case with termites. A termite colony can infest your property at any time and continue to grow before you even notice the damage they’ve caused. Maturity is the number one determinant in a colony’s ability to damage your home. A two to four-year-old colony can cause damage to your property that manifests throughout the year.
Termites need to stay warm in colder temperatures, which is why they will nest 25 to 30 feet down in the soil during the winter. This may make them slightly less noticeable this time of year, but it is nonetheless crucial to stay vigilant about checking for signs of termites.
What Are the Signs of Termites This Time of Year?
You may not realize you have a termite infestation until serious damage has been caused. Look for the following things in the fall and all year long:
- Mud tubes
- Discarded swarmer wings
- Termite frass (feces)
- Drywall discoloration
- Loose tiles or buckling floors
- Bubbling or uneven paint on walls
- Holes in drywall
- Hollow-sounding or crumbling wood
Need Help With a Fall Termite Problem?
To avoid the frustration of a termite problem, it’s crucial to get year-round protection. At The Hitmen, we offer a number of termite treatment options designed to provide you with custom protection against termites. Contact our termite exterminators to learn more!