Is treating termites in the winter needed?

Why experts advise cold-weather treatments for these pesky home invaders.

A termite infestation can be devastating to a homeowner. Each year, termites cost U.S. homeowners an estimated $5 billion in property damage each year, impacting more than 600,000 homes. And when you have a termite infestation, just getting it under control can be a long, tedious and expensive process.

That said, keep in mind that, unlike other common pests, termites don’t rest when winter rolls around. Subterranean termites are especially dangerous as they eat 24/7 and thrive underground -- i.e. your home’s foundation. . Termites don’t hibernate, but they do prefer warmth, which is why they tunnel deeper and cause more damage when it’s cold outdoors.

Winter is the most important season for termite control. If you already have termites, it’s imperative you have been them exterminated as soon as possible. If not, then this is an excellent time to fortify your home and prevent future infestations. Use this guide to familiarize yourself with termites and their heightened winter risk.

Termites are active in winter, too

Termites are more visible in the spring and summer because they leave their tunnels in search of new areas to settle. During this time, homeowners may find old wings, dropping known as frass, mud tubes and other signs of an infestation. Termites are harder to spot in the winter, but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. Again, termites are equally active during the cold months, and actually tunnel deeper and cause more structural damage during this time.

Prevent infestations with winter treatments

Trees, wood decks, wood within one inch of ground level (your home’s foundation, for example), leaf piles and other fibrous materials attract termites. While they prefer to live in wood, they’ll also live underground and burrow through the soil to find new areas to colonize. As the ground cools, termites race to find a new place to live -- and your home’s foundation is one of the most attractive options. It’s warm, plus there’s food and moisture; everything termites need to thrive.

By treating for termites during the winter, you can deter this pest from nearing your home and causing severe damage while you’re warm and cozy upstairs.

What to expect from winter termite treatment

Winter is around the corner, and termites are on the move. Know that you’ve armed yourself with knowledge, make an informed decision and schedule a termite inspection with Foundation Pest Control. We offer termite treatment in Memphis, Germantown, Cordova, Collierville and the surrounding areas. Get in touch to learn more.

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