What Happens to Texas Termites in Winter?
January 22, 2019
Termites are seasonal pests, meaning they will only invade homes in the warmer months. For anyone living in a state with a more drastic change of weather, this seasonality provides a respite from termite activity in the winter and, sometimes, even during fall months. That is, if termites have not already found warmer conditions within the walls of the home. However, as we all know so well, the weather here in Texas has a habit of staying relatively warm, if not hot, throughout the year. This leaves us with the question, where do termites go during the winter?
Straight Into Our Homes
As long as the weather permits, termites will never stop searching for their basic needs of food, moisture, and shelter. More often than not, our homes provide all three, especially if they are made primarily of wood, a termite's favorite meal. They don't like just any wood, though. To be more specific, termites look for homes with water-damaged or rotting wood. Moisture softens the wood of your home and provides termites with the conditions they need to not only survive, but to thrive as well.
Consider checking the exterior of your home for rotting or water-damaged wood, as these factors could be inviting, or may have already invited, unwanted wood-chewing guests into your home. If you find small mud tubes crawling up your stone, brick, or cement foundation to higher wooden structures chances are your home has already been infested by termites. No matter what, it is always best to contact a professional to know for certain.
Contact A Professional
Termites are small and elusive pests. If your home has been infested, there is a strong likely-hood you won’t know until the infestation gets out of hand. Commonly, the first signs of termites that people notice are signs of a major infestation. An infestation that may have been actively destroying your home for months, sometimes years. It is important to contact a professional right away if you see warning signs like warped floors, windows or doors that no longer shut properly, or wood that sounds hollow when you tap on it.
Here at Innovative Pest Control, our pest technicians have been trained to find termites no matter the size of their colony. At no cost to you, we will perform a free, no-obligation, inspection. Along with this, we provide top-of-the-line termite prevention and plans developed just for you. Don’t let termites be a year-round problem when there is a year-round solution. Give us a call to learn more!