What You Need To Know About Termite Activity

September 1, 2021

Termites can be more than a nuisance. Unlike other pests, they can cause damage to your property, and once they lodge in your home, they can be difficult to exterminate. To make it worse, they don’t leave behind signs of damage once they infest your home. By the time you discover you have a termite infestation, they have left behind grave damage.

To protect your home from termites, you need to educate yourself on them. Once you do, you can now work towards the prevention of infestation.

Termite Activities

Although termites are of different types and species, they have several things in common, including:

  • Habitat – Termites live in different places depending on the type. They can live in wooden structures, soil, tree stumps, or fallen trees.
  • Diet – Most termites feed on dead plants and trees. They eat things like animal waste, leaf litter, or wood. For that reason, they thrive in areas that have dead plant-based material in abundance.
  • Damage – Termites can destroy your wooden property from the inside out and cause a lot of damage

What Time Of The Year Are Termites Active?

Have you ever wondered when termite season is or when termites are most active? Most of you think that their prime season is when you notice them in swarms. However, termites can infest your house at any time, regardless of the warning signs or the weather. Termites are active all year round.

Why Is Spring The Swarming Season For Subterranean Termites?

Termites tend to be more active during the spring season, which is typically warm with calm winds after rains. Most dry wood termites, especially R. hageni subterranean termites, swarm during this season. However, not all subterranean termites swarm during this period. The damp wood termites swarm during summer.

Several species can swarm simultaneously depending on the weather conditions. Different weather conditions may mean there will be different swarms at different times. For instance, some species prefer a little moisture than others. The difference in swarm timing is only a few weeks.

Termite Swarms And Springtime Flowers

Swarms are associated with the blooming of some trees. For instance, the eastern subterranean termites swarm during the flowering and budding of dogwood trees. Since most termites swarm in summer and spring, you should be able to notice signs of termite infestation quickly.

During summer, the termites’ activities involve foraging and eating. Gone are the days’ termites used to soak in springtime rain. This is because rains cause problems to the colony, such as flooding.

These seasonal conditions cause the death of many termite workers resulting in a reduction in the workforce. However, the secondary queen steps up and produces plenty of eggs to increase the number of workers.

Winter Swarmers

For many animals, winter means hibernation; however, termites never take breaks. As a homeowner, you may not be aware of termite activities in the winter. During warm weather, you may notice signs of infestation since you spend a lot of time outdoor. However, during the winter, you are not active outside, making it easy to miss the signs.

So, the question is, do termites die in the winter? No, they don’t. Missing signs of infestation in the winter does not mean that the termites are dead. The ideal temperature for termites is 75°F, and in winter, the temperatures fall between (37°-51°F).

Regardless of the temperature change, termites need food to survive, just like you and I. During these winter months, they dig deeper underground where temperatures are warmer. They will be hard to find, but they are still active even in the winter.

Fall Swarmers

Are termites active in the fall? One southern subterranean species chooses to swarm in the fall, from August to November. The winged adults of this southern subterranean species are pale brown and often invade in the late morning. They easily get confused with ants because of their colour and size.

How To Know When Termites Are Active

The presence of a termite infestation means that termites are consuming materials and wood from your property. Old infestation implies that termites once invaded your property, but there are no signs of their presence on your walls, beams, and other wood. Below are some of the signs that termites are active in your property:

  • Discarded termite wings in and around your property
  • Mud tubes around the floor joist, foundation, and support beams
  • New damages in walls
  • Rotting wood around your property and bugs in the soil

Final Thoughts

Weather changes can affect when termites form new colonies, but you can’t slow them down once they establish an infestation. So, if you notice signs of infestation, seek professional advice right away.

A professional termite extermination company will let you know if you have a termite infestation. If there is one, they will start the treatment process and advise you on prevention methods that you can apply to maintain it that way. Finally, it would be best to always be on the lookout because termites are always active all year round.

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