This article is sponsored by Planet Friendly Pest Control.
Few household pests are more worrying and worrying than termites. The extent of damage to your home can be catastrophic, and the effort required to control it can be very laborious.
The only species of termite we currently have in Alexandria is the eastern subterranean termite. Because these termites live underground, they can be extremely difficult to spot in winter.
Many pests die out in the winter months or become significantly less active. When the cold weather approaches, you might think you might not be worried about termites for a while.
But is that true? Do termites die out or do they rest during the cold months? Or are they still an active pest problem?
Termites in winter
Unfortunately, the short answer is no. Termites do not die out in the winter months. In fact, they can remain quite active during this time. The long answer is a bit more complicated, however.
It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but termites can be killed by cold weather. Termites are cold-blooded insects, which means they need warmth to survive. Termites that are exposed to the outside cold long enough will die.
This leads to a bit of a puzzle. The warm conditions of your home in winter make it an ideal place for termites to weather the cold winter months.
Termites can become even more dangerous in the cold months. Not only will you be drawn to the warmth of your home, but you will also dig deeper into the wood structure to maintain that warmth. This can make them harder to spot and it can also cause increased harm to your home.
How do you deal with termites in winter? You can’t just turn off your heater and freeze for obvious reasons. But what can you do if the warmth of your home is good for termites?
If you have termites, it is best to get professional termite treatment. Underground termites are stubborn, which can make it difficult to remove pests from your home. To treat them, termiticide needs to be put into the ground around the foundation of your home. There are several methods that include liquids, foams, and solid baits. Some are better than others, and it is important to take a little time to research and understand the various treatment options available. Choosing the best treatment modality for your specific situation is important. A professional inspector is another good resource, and getting more than one professional opinion often helps.
Getting professional termite treatment is the only way to ensure your home is cleared of termite infestations. Appropriate termite inspections and control measures will keep these home wreckers away from your home in the cold winter months.