Are Termites Active During the Winter?

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According to long-term meteorological forecasts, for the second straight year, “La Nina” conditions are expected this winter in Middle Tennessee. When it comes to limiting the risk of pest infestations during the winter, the colder the weather, the better. In this article, Ameri Care Services, a Murfreesboro termite control company, examines just how active termites are during the winter.

Winter and Termites

Many insects go dormant during the winter, usually when the temperature drops under 50 degrees or, for some species, 40 degrees. Unfortunately, in this case, termites aren’t like most insects. Termites, if they already have infested a building, will remain active all winter long, giving them plenty of time to keep ravaging structures inside your home or business. That means you must remain vigilant for signs of termite damage at any time of the year. So, what should you look for? That leads to our next section…

Signs of Termite Damage

Termites are not made to survive in the open. The only time you’re likely to see termites is when the reproductive termites exit the colony in search of a mate, which is during swarming season in early spring. Otherwise, termites either spend their entire lives under the ground or inside the wooden structures of a building like walls, ceilings, and floors. Because termites often go unseen, identifying evidence of their presence can be a challenge. An experienced pest control professional are trained and experienced in identifying evidence of termites. However, as mentioned, you need to stay aware of signs of termites so that if you spot their evidence, you can take action quickly.

Use these tips to help:

  • Look in less obvious places such as attics and crawl spaces.
  • In areas of exposed wood, do you notice any grooves or channels? Either can be evidence that termites are present. If that exposed wood is touching the dirt, you may need to dig into the soil to see if any grooves exist.
  • Look for sawdust or tiny holes in wooden structures in your home or business; termites use these holes to push debris out of the small tunnels they make. As for that apparent sawdust? It’s actually frass, which is termite excrement.
  • Look outside your property, and especially along the walls of the foundation, for mud tubes—small lines of mud that are about as wide as a pencil and used by termites to travel between locations without being out in the open air.

Meanwhile, certain issues in your home or business can be signs of a termite infestation in Nashville:

  • If doors or windows are becoming difficult to open and close. Termites target the wood on these frames, which can alter their shape.
  • If your floors are buckling or become squeaky
  • Bulging or discolored walls
  • Peeling wallpaper or paint
  • Sagging ceilings

Termite Control in Murfreesboro and Nashville

Termites do billions of dollars of property damage every year. That’s why you want to identify any infestation and have it treated by a professional pest control company as soon as possible. Of course, like with any problem, prevention is your best defense. You can take steps to protect your home by limiting the amount of direct contact any wooden structures on your property make with the soil or by promptly removing any areas of water-damaged wood, which termites prefer. However, your best measure of protection against termites is to receive termite control treatments from an established, professional company like Ameri Care Services. Contact us today by calling (615) 893-7111 to schedule a comprehensive on-site inspection of your home or business. If termites are identified during this inspection, we will treat the infestation. Otherwise, we can put you on one of our guaranteed protection plans.

Ameri Care Services is proud to provide expert pest control to homes and businesses in the areas of Nashville and Murfreesboro in Tennessee.