Are Termites Active in Winter?
When it comes to pests, there’s one in particular that can be the most destructive–termites! It’s estimated that termites cause around $5 billion dollars in property damage a year! Unfortunately, these pests are active year-round in the Pacific Northwest, even during the winter, so there’s no getting a break from them. Even more, we have two common termite species here: subterranean termites and drywood termites.
At Antworks Pest Control, we are committed to making sure our customers stay protected year-round against pests, and that includes educating them. Keep reading to learn more about termites, and how to identify an infestation.
Unlike the other local wood-destroying insect, the carpenter ant, termites eat wood. They don’t excavate it. In their natural ecosystem, termites are actually beneficial. They decompose rotting wood, compost the soil, and aerate the soil–all of which allow new trees to grow faster.
What are the Signs of Termites in Your Home?
Once the temperatures start dropping, outdoor termites won’t be as active. However, if termites invaded your home before the cold set in, they can remain very active in the winter. Homes provide termites the three things they need to survive during any season: wood, water, and warmth. Below are some common signs of a termite infestation you should look out for.
- Mud tubes
- Damaged or hollowed-out wood
- Small holes in drywall
- Hard-to-open doors
- Discarded wings
- Termite feces (small black marks near nest entrances)
- Peeling paint
- Buckling floorboards
- Clicking sounds within walls
Termites are known as silent destroyers because they chew through wallpaper, wood, and flooring, unnoticed for years. This is why it pays to have regular inspections, especially in termite-prone areas.
Termites are small but can cause big destruction. If you suspect a termite infestation it’s important to work with an experienced exterminator like Antworks. We’ve been protecting Portland and Vancouver area homes for over 15 years. We have a unique knowledge of termites and offer a variety of treatments to get rid of them. To schedule a termite inspection give our team of termite exterminators a call today!