Winter may seem like a respite from all the pests that have bothered you all summer long, but there is one type of pest, hiding deep in the recesses of your house, that doesn’t hibernate or die-off when the weather gets cold. Termites will continue to eat away at your house, regardless of the season. So, how do termites survive the winter, and how should that affect your pest control plan?
Termites live in all different types of climates. Those living in colder areas will make a few changes so that they can survive the winter. Subterranean termites dig deeper into the ground where the temperature is warmer. Researchers have found termite nests as deep as 40 inches below the surface. Like other animals who slow down during the winter, termites will also decrease their activity levels so that they require less energy and food. This also means that they will likely forage closer to the nest than in warmer seasons. Termites living in more temperate climates or inside houses do not need to change much during the winter.
The termite queen is a model of consistency. Once she has reached maturity, she will continue to lay eggs at a steady rate for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, that means that if you have termites in your home, the population will continue to grow during the winter when you probably aren’t thinking about it.
Termite Control in the Winter
The fact that termites do not die or hibernate during the winter has a major impact on your pest control plan. Regular, scheduled termite treatments should continue year round. In fact, the winter may be a particularly important time to have inspections and treatments done because when you are not doing yard work or home maintenance, it is a lot easier to miss the signs of a termite infestation. Let GTA Toronto Pest Control take the worry out of termite control and other pest problems. A regular treatment plan helps keep the pests away and saves you money. For pest control in Toronto, contact GTA Toronto Pest Control today.