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How Termite Colonies React in Colder Weather

Do you worry about termites invading your home? Termites often cause considerable damage before they are discovered. And California is one of the states that suffers the worst from termite damage. Perhaps you believe termites aren’t active in winter and you don’t have to worry. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

Like much of California, the Central Valley has cooler, wet winters. Termites can remain just as active — and continue to pose a threat to your home or business — during the winter months. That said, how do termite colonies react in colder weather? Here are some winter facts about termites and how best to protect your property.

What Does The Colder Weather Do To Termites?

Being cold-blooded, termites prefer warmth. In colder weather, they may not range as far from their colonies. But they still remain very active. Termites eat 24 hours a day and seven days a week. And they don’t take breaks. That means they can continue to cause destruction to your home regardless of the season.

In California, the two main types of termites are the subterranean and drywood. Subterranean termites live in the soil. If the temperature drops too much, they simply burrow down a bit deeper into the soil. It would take a significant drop in temperature, such as a prolonged bitter cold, for subterranean termites to withdraw to their colonies and essentially hibernate until the weather warmed.

Drywood termites, as the name implies, live in drywood. In your home, they typically live in the walls. Given that you probably heat your home in the winter, these termites have no reason to pause or slow down their activity. And if the soil under your home stays warm, such as a crawl space under the house with a furnace, the subterranean termites will comfortably continue to destroy your home.

How Do I Check For Termites?

Termites eat the wood in your home from the inside out, so you probably won’t see them. Mud tubes are the telltale sign of subterranean termites. They create these tubes to provide safe passage when traveling to feeding sites in your home. You may find mud tubes in basements, crawl spaces, closets and attics. With drywood termites, you may see pellet-shaped fecal droppings call frass. Mounds of frass can appear in places like window sills or doorways.

The most important way to protect your property is to stay vigilant for signs of termites. If you are concerned about termites or believe you have them, contact Peace of Mind Pest Control to schedule an appointment today!

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