When Does Termite Season Begin and End?
Termite season does not have a set beginning and end. Termites are active year round. The season when termites are most visible – through swarms, discarded wings and droppings – is March to November.
In warmer climates like ours, termites remain consistently active year round. In cooler climates, termites typically are less active during the winter months (November – February). While termites in these areas may slow down during the holidays, their continued activity means that they can cause damage at any time. So, it is important to stay prepared always.
The period termites are visible depends on where you live. Subterranean termites do not forage for food when the soil is too hot or cold. Depending on which state you live in, you may experience moderate temperatures for a few months a year – or almost all year.
The weather is not the only factor impacting activity. Termite activity also depends on the degree of shelter a colony receives in its nest. Drywood termites located inside a warm home are not as exposed to temperature variations, so seasonal weather changes will not impact them as much. Similarly, subterranean termites may create nests up to 18 inches below ground and away from the cool air, or forage in more protected areas of their nest during the winter months. An environment with a regulated temperature like a basement can provide the perfect shelter from the cool weather. Remember Formosan termites do not have to return to the ground if they can locate a consistent moisture area in your home, which makes it impossible for your ground protection chemicals to help rid you of these termites.
While termites typically are not visible year round, they can damage your house any month of the year. Regardless of the season or the outside temperature, if you see signs of termites, contact your pest control professional. A qualified termite specialist is trained to identify signs of a termite infestation, even when activity is not very visible to you.
We at Southern Pest Control have been protecting homes here in the Gulf Coast area for over 35 years. Please visit our website at www.southernpestcontrol.biz to meet our team and learn more about us.
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