Should I Still Be Worried About Termites in Winter?
December 12, 2018
Many of us here in North Carolina are relieved when winter arrives, because colder temperatures mean that some of the most annoying insects disappear from outside. However, just because you can’t see them outside doesn’t mean they’re gone for good. Insects like termites find warm places to live during the cooler winter months, places such as houses, and businesses. Though termites are beneficial at breaking down wood in woodland settings, they can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your property if they move indoors. Here are some common warning signs of termites, and what to do if you think you may have unwanted guests wintering in your building.
Termites are colonizing insects, where different termite types play different roles within a colony. Termite workers are responsible for gathering food for the colony, and are the ones which cause the most damage to wood structures, drywall, wallboards, structural beams, and trim. They are the ones you’ll see in the soil around the foundation of your property. Termite soldiers defend the colony from attack, and termite swarmers are the reproductive members who have wings and are able to mate. Often the first signs of a termite infestation are the wings left behind after a termite swarm, when the termites shed their wings after mating. You may also see a swarm coming from your walls as the termites migrate establish new colonies.
It’s hard to spot termites because so often they are hidden deep within the structure of your home, business, or underground. Termites devour any and all wood from the inside out, so it’s not until wood structures start to buckle or cave that damage becomes noticeable and a problem is recognized. Too often, it’s too late to do anything about the damage, and most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover termite damage because it is considered a preventable problem.
So what can be done about termites? Prevention is key, as with any pest infestation. Try to limit soil-to-wood contact around the exterior of your home or business. Clear away leaves, sticks and other debris from around your property, and repair broken pipes and fixtures. Make sure gutters are working properly to eliminate excessive water damage, and control the moisture levels in your home with a dehumidifier and/or fans.
If you see any winged insects flying around your home and suspect that you may have a termite infestation, call A-1 Pest Control for a free termite inspection. We provide comprehensive solutions to eliminate termites for good and prevent long-term structural damage to your property. Give us a call today to learn about our termite control options.