Are Termites Active in Winter?

Termites in the Winter Time

Most species of termites thrive in tropical regions that see very mild winters. The pests need warmth and humidity to survive; therefore, the regions of the U.S. where they are most destructive are states with warm climates year-round. However, areas with heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures are still susceptible to termite infestations. While it’s commonly thought that termites hibernate in winter weather, this is not the case.

Termite Behavior in Cold Weather

So long as termites have constant access to wood, the pests can live in any part of the country. Some species also require moisture and soil to thrive but are still able to find these resources in colder temperatures. The pests stay alive by seeking warmth and protection in soils deep under the frozen portion of the ground.

In retreating underground, the termites are able to stay alive but significantly lessen their destructive activities. This may also hide the colonies, making infestations less physically evident. However, homeowners should not lower their defenses just because of cold weather.

Activity in the Winter

Since some termites remain just as active in the winter as they would in warm months, homes are still vulnerable to structural damage. Often, colonies invade homes prior to winter as a means to prepare for the cold weather and seek warmth. During this time, the pests continue their destructive eating habits and riddle wood found inside the home with tunnels.

Removal & Control

Termite infestations found inside homes do damage year-round. Homeowners must constantly monitor wood for signs of the pests’ activity in order to avoid or lessen costly repairs. No matter the season, pest control specialists should be contacted as soon as possible to eliminate infestations. Orkin experts have the tools to manage termite populations throughout the year.