While the winter weather may bring with it colder temperatures, there’s still potential for termites to wreak havoc in your home. Termites that have been living in your home will stay during the winter to survive, and ones that have been outside your home may find a way into your house to remain protected.
Termites live in almost every region around the globe. They eat materials made from wood and can cause severe damage to both interior and exterior structures of your home. These pests do not hibernate and can chew their way through any wood in your home. If they have found a way into your home over the autumn months, they will be active throughout the winter.
Many homeowners are aware of termite activity in the warm months of the year, but they may not recognize termite activity in the colder months. The winter months are a common time for renovating and making home repairs. This type of activity makes it more likely that you will see the signs of a termite infestation. However, not seeing any signs does not indicate that you do not have a problem. During the winter they tend to live deep underground where they can stay warm. At these depths, they are difficult to find.
Signs of Termites
While you may not see signs of termites during the winter, you may still have an infestation. Termites need wood, water and warmth to survive. These three necessities for survival are all found in your heated home. Inspect your exterior basement walls for any signs of termites. The evidence of termites includes mud tubes, damaged wallpaper, and distressed wood items.
Make sure to keep your roof properly maintained. Damaged shingles can produce added moisture that will attract a swarm of termites. Have your shingles inspected and repaired as soon as you identify a problem.
Wooden floors make great meals for termites. If you have problems with your flooring get the issues fixed as soon as possible. Termites that get into your flooring can easily make their way throughout your entire home.
Termites can also damage the exterior of your home. They can quickly destroy trees and outdoor furniture as an appetizer before making their way inside your home as a main course. Have old tree stumps removed and keep mulch a distance away from the structure of your home.
You can reduce the potential for a termite infestation by having your home regularly inspected. Schedule an appointment with your local pest control service to have your home inspected and treated if necessary. Annual treatments can help to reduce the potential of having to deal with a termite problem.
Winter is no time to forget about pests in your home. For termite treatment and help getting rid of these awful pests contact Bug Commander at (214) 307-1933 today!