Winter is known for being a time of year when most of us, both creatures and humans, tend to slow down. However, it’s a common misconception that destructive pests fall dormant during the winter months. While some species of termites may slow down in colder temperatures, others remain active throughout the winter season.
What Happens to Termites in the Winter?
Termites are cold-blooded creatures, meaning their body temperature depends on their environment. During the winter months, when temperatures drop, termites tend to slow down their activity and retreat to their colonies. While this behavior is often referred to as hibernation, it is technically known as diapause.
While termites may be less active during winter, it is important to note that they do not completely disappear. They remain within their colonies, protected from the external environment. And if termites are residing in a climate-controlled environment (like your home) they may not enter diapause at all.
How Do Cold Temperatures Affect Termites?
The effects of cold temperatures on termites vary depending on their species and location, but in general, termites slow down when it’s cold out. But why does this matter for homeowners?
The survival instincts drive termites to find shelter and warmth, which usually leads them to retreat deeper underground. However, in some cases, winter may drive termites Inside. During the winter months, termites may seek shelter inside structures in search of warmer temperatures and moisture levels. As the cold weather sets in, these pests instinctively seek out environments that will provide them with the ideal conditions to survive and thrive.
When termites make their way inside a structure, they can be found in various areas. Common hiding spots include woodpiles, firewood stored indoors, window frames, and attics. They may also infest crawl spaces, basements, and other areas with adequate warmth and moisture.
Preventing Termite Infestations
To prevent termite infestations during the winter season, seal any cracks or openings in the foundation, walls, and windows. Regular inspections by professionals, such as Alexandria Pest Services, can help identify the early signs of termites and allow for immediate action to prevent property damage.
Call Alexandria Pest Services to Get Rid of Termites!
At Alexandria Pest Services, we can provide the expertise and resources needed to effectively solve your termite problem or any other rodent or insect problem. If you have a pest problem you need solved now, schedule service with us today!