The weather during the winter can have a significant impact on pest activity. The throngs of mosquitoes that were active in the spring and summer seem to disappear. Termite activity can be impacted by the weather but not as much as you may hope. If you already have a termite infestation then you can expect them to continue causing damage in your home during the winter. Properties that do not have an active infestation before the winter are not at risk for developing a new infestation until the weather warms up. It is important to remember, however, that it can be difficult to know for sure if you have an active infestation without the help of a pest control professional.
Continued activity in established colonies
The temperatures throughout California in the winter do not get low enough to impact termite activity. In fact, termites are active throughout the United States even in those states that are notorious for cold weather. The one exception is Alaska – the temperature extremes there do seem to keep termites away. The mild temperatures you find in California make it easy for termites to survive and thrive. If you go into the winter with an active termite infestation you can expect the termites to continue eating away at the wood of your home all winter long. Many people pause typical pest control services during the winter because pest activity seems to slow. That approach is not a good idea when it comes to termites. The level of damage these pests can do to your home will continue to grow exponentially until you take action against them. If you suspect a termite infestation in your home – at any point in the year – seek out professional help right away.
No swarmers looking for new areas to infest
The winter weather can impact termites that are looking for a new place to establish a colony. Termite swarmers can fly and reproduce. These termites are the ones that leave an established colony and head out to find a place where they can start a new colony. Swarmers are most active during the spring and the summer. This means that there is not a big threat for developing a new infestation in the winter. If you are confident that you do not have a termite infestation going into the winter season then it is unlikely that you will develop one during the colder months. However, it is very difficult to spot the signs of a termite infestation if you are not trained to do so.
The behavior of termites in an active infestation is not impacted by the winter weather in California. If you are concerned about termites it is important to get help – even if it is winter. The pros at TAPS Termite can inspect your home, provide treatment, and provide termite prevention options at any point during the year. It is simple to schedule a free termite inspection and get started on the process of protecting your home from termites.