Cooler weather is approaching, and most people think of termites at this time as out of sight, out of mind. It may surprise you to know subterranean termites in the Gulf coast area of Texas are still active in the fluctuating temperatures of our cooler winter season.
Worker termites never sleep.
The cold may slow down their eating habits and slow termite egg production, but worker subterranean termites will stay focused as their sole purpose is the survival and expansion of their colony.
If termites are in the yard during the winter season, some subterranean termites will burrow the colony deeper into the ground to stay warm, but what happens if they are already in your home or foundation? It may surprise you to know if termites have already breached your home’s foundation and/or walls, the warmth of your heated home during the winter will help sustain their movement between your home and feeding their colony.
Subterranean termites will still need to forage for food and can still damage wood in and around your home no matter what time of year it is.
As a homeowner, early subterranean termite detection and prevention starts with you. Check for mud tubes along your foundation. Also check for wood damage in and around your home. Since termites also need moisture to survive, be sure to also check for water leaks.
With termite prevention and elimination, rely on your Pest Control Professional. Most companies will offer a complimentary inspection and tips for eliminating conducive conditions. Be sure to ask if the termite treatment provided has a warranty and if the service provider will eliminate the colony or colonies that are foraging in and around the yard and not just the termites you can immediately see. Colony elimination should be the goal as foraging termites from in and around the neighborhood can return later to make a meal of your home.
While subterranean termites aren’t the only termites in our area, routine inspections and proper identification will help in providing the right type of corrective or preventative treatment and reduce the possibility of future pest damage. If you think you may have termite or other pest issues within the home, call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control at 281-296-6022.