There are a number of pests that are known to take sanctuary overwintering during the cold weather only to reappear again during the summer months. Sadly home and business owners across the state are lulled into a false sense of security with a blasé out of sight out of mind attitude. That is until disaster strikes in the form of destructive termite damage. According to the knowledgeable experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control, when homeowners let their guard down winter termites are ready and waiting to take advantage and wreak havoc on the structure and that includes your home. Termites eat materials made from wood and according to statistics are responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to structures each year.
Are Termites Dormant or Active During Winter Months?
Many property owners are under the illusion that termites hibernate during the cold weather. Unfortunately, this also means that property owners across the nation let their regular pest control lapse. While it is true that the cold weather will restrict termite activity when away from the nest this does not affect termite activity inside the warmth of your heated home. During the early fall is when the majority of homeowners prepare for the cold by storing items and making repairs to their homes before the temperatures begin to plummet. It is during this time that termites can take up residence in your home and it is not unusual for homeowners to miss the telltale signs of termite activity because they don’t spend time outdoors the way they do in the warm weather.
Signs You Have Termites this Winter; Mud Shelter Tubes & Wood Damage
The most common types of termites found in Texas include: Eastern subterranean, arid-land subterranean, Formosan subterranean termites, and desert damp-wood termites. Even if a property owner does not see signs of termite activity in the winter, it doesn’t mean they are not busy doing damage. The ideal temperature for termites regardless of species is 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They will typically die above 100 degrees or below 25 degrees. Even though you may not see termites during the winter the bottom line is that they are there and require three things to survive winter, food, water and a warm place to hide. During the winter months termites can find everything they need in a heated structure. Some of the most common signs of termites include the tell-tale mud tubes (inside and outside your structure) created by tunneling termites as well as damaged wood.
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Even though termites are less active during the cold weather, property owners need to be diligent year round and not just during the summer months. If you suspect that you have termites in your home or business, contact the knowledgeable experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control to schedule your comprehensive termite inspection and custom treatment.