During the winter, pest control may be the furthest thing from your mind. The ants, wasps, and mosquitoes that plagued you during the summer months have mostly disappeared, and you may be lulled into a false sense of security. Unfortunately, termites don’t hibernate or die off during the winter. In fact, they don’t even sleep, so termites may be eating away at your home 24/7 during all times of the year. So, how do termites survive the winter?
When winter hits, termites in cold climates make a few changes to ensure that they will continue to be able to find food for their colony. Subterranean termites move deeper underground to take advantage of the warmth there. Some nests have been found up to 40 inches below the surface. Termites will also slow down and decrease their activity levels. This means that they will likely forage for food that is located closer to their nest.
The optimal temperature for most species of termites is about 75 degrees. If termites have already found their way into your heated home, they will not be affected much by the changing weather outside. Termites that live in areas of the country that do not get particularly cold also do not have to adapt much. The termite queen typically lays eggs at a steady rate, regardless of the season, so the termite population in your home will continue to grow throughout the winter.
One of the most difficult things about winter is that most people are not looking for signs of termites because they are not doing yard work or home maintenance. That makes regular termite control even more important. The professionals at Six Brothers Pest Control will help keep your home termite free all year round. We offer free termite monitoring when bundled with a regular service plan. We can help you prevent termites or get rid of them if they have already entered your home. For pest control in Kansas City, pest control in Dallas, or pest control in Salt Lake City, contact Six Brothers today!