There are very few places in the United States with weather that is extreme enough to impact termite activity. The reality is that these pests are capable of surviving everywhere except for the places with extreme cold or extremely low moisture. If you live in the US and are in any state other than Alaska then your home is at risk for termites. And if you have an active termite infestation the weather will not impact the activity of the termites in your home. Once termites infest, they will continue to eat away at the wood of your home until you eradicate the infestation. There is, however, some correlation between termite activity and the weather. The element of weather and termite activity that you should be concerned with are conditions that bring out termite swarmers.
What are termite swarmers?
Termite swarmers are reproductive termites that leave one colony in search of a place to establish a new colony. These termites have wings which means they can easily fly over from your neighbor’s house to your home in search of a place to set up a new colony. Swarmers are attracted to places that offer plenty of wood – which your home does – and have moisture-rich soil. In some areas the soil is naturally moisture-rich. In others, the level of moisture in the soil is impacted by factors like home maintenance. If the soil around your home is moisture-rich then swarmers may look at it as a suitable location for a new colony. Once the termite swarmers decide on a new location, they shed their wings and get to work establishing a new colony.
Ways the weather impacts termite activity
Once termites have established a colony in your home they will be active throughout the year – the weather is not much of a factor. When it comes to swarmers, however, the weather significantly impacts their behavior. Termite swarmers only set out in search of new places during certain times of the year. In many places, the spring is the ideal time for swarmers to be out and about. Increased precipitation during the spring makes it easier for termites to find areas with moisture-rich soil. If you are concerned at all about the possibility of getting a termite infestation in your home then keep an eye out for swarmers during the spring.
It would be nice if termites went into hibernation or diapause during the winter and gave your home a break from getting damaged. Unfortunately, an active infestation will continuously cause damage throughout the year. The weather can be helpful when it comes to preventing an infestation from occurring in the first place. Keep an eye out for winged termites during the spring and summer months. If you notice any near your home, get in touch with a termite pro right away. Quick action against the swarmers can help you prevent an infestation and protect your home from future damage.