It’s hard to believe that such a tiny insect can do damage to your home and property. You could have thousands of termites and not even notice them until it is too late. Why is it that summer is such a big time for termites to come onto your property and start to ruin your home?
Are Termites More Active in Summer?
Just like most insects, termites become more active in the summer months between July and September, but unlike other insects, they do not hibernate in the winter. They stay active year-round. When the temperature is high in the summer that is when they are at their peak. This means the colony has reached its max population and the termite swarmers will start to leave and start a new colony. The problem with this is that if you already have an existing infestation, the swarmers don’t go far and will start a new colony under or around your home.
Does Rain Make Termites More Active?
Termites are active in the summer months, but they become most active during rainy weather. When you add rainy weather and warm nights that is the best combination for termites. A termite colony can reach a population of more than 300,000 during this time. This is also the time swimmers become more active and start to form their new colonies. Termite colonies can grow rapidly, and before you know it, they could be on your property and your house.
How Do You Know if You have a Bad Termite Infestation?
Once you start to notice termites crawling around your home, that means you have already had an infestation, and they most likely have already caused damage. It is important to learn and recognize some signs that come with termites that indicate that termites are in your home.
What are Some Common Signs of a Termite Infestation?
Termite wings– swarmers produce wings to establish colonies and reproduce. once Swarmers have established their colonies then they shed their wings and continue to work on the colony.
Mud tubes– you may see mud tubes in your crawlspace, or on the exterior of your wall or foundation. These mud tubes are the pathway for termites. They look like veins along the wall.
Termite droppings– if you see termite droppings, then you have a termite infestation. These droppings can appear to look like sawdust. If you feel like you have sawdust where you shouldn’t be having sawdust, it may be termite droppings.
Visible termite damage– if you notice that you have damage in the wood on your home, this could be from termites. You may also notice warping on your wall ceiling and floor and bubbling or peeling of your paint.
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If you see any signs of termites in your home or around your home, do not hesitate to call a professional to come and get rid of the termites. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control has dealt with termites and knows how to get rid of them. You do not want to wait and have your home infested by termites and have those termites ruin your home.