We all know that termites swarm in the spring, but what about in the fall and winter? Here in sunny Southern California, pests don’t have to worry about colder temperatures this time of year. While termites may not be noticed as much, they are nonetheless very active in the fall and winter months. Queen termites continue to lay eggs and colonies will continue to grow this time of year, making it important to stay as proactive about preventing them as always. Termites can cause a lot of damage to your home or property in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. The team at Access Exterminator Service Inc. is here with expert information on termite activity this time of year.
Seasonal Termite Life Cycle
Termites may not be swarming in the fall and winter, but they are still as active as ever. Termite queens lay eggs year-round and at a steady rate. This means that termite colonies will not only stay active but continue to grow during the fall and winter. Maturity is the number one determinant in a colony’s ability to damage your home. A two to four-year-old colony can cause damage in your property any time of the year.
Termites need to stay warm in colder temperatures, which is why they will nest 25 to 30 feet down in the soil during the winter. This is why it’s unlikely to see termites this time of year. That said, you can certainly still notice termite damage accumulating in or around the home.
Signs of Termites in the Fall & Winter
Termites can go unnoticed in your walls for months before any damage begins to appear, which is one of the reasons why they’re so feared! The following signs indicate that you likely have a mature termite infestation on your hands:
- Drywall discoloration
- Loose tiles
- Bubbled floors
- Holes in drywall
- Crumbling wood
- Hollow windows and/or doors
- Shed swarmer wings
- Termite frass (feces)
- Sagging sheetrock
- Buckling floors
Seasonal Termite Protection
Bottom line: Termites are active 24/7, 365 days a year. Thankfully, there are options you can take to help protect your property from termites all months of the year. The termite exterminators at Access can work with you to develop a termite treatment plan suited to the unique needs of your property. We know how distressing these destructive pests are, which is why we are committed to keeping you safe from them year-round.
Termites in the Fall & Winter in Orange CA
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