Subterranean Termites In Fall & Winter

Fall brings some changes in the daily routine of subterranean termite colonies. Foraging tunnels may be somewhat deeper for those species that travel near the soil surface, and food sources that are exposed to cold temperatures may bimagee abandoned.

In heated buildings and the soil adjacent to heated basements, tunneling and general activity may be little changed. During most of the year, queens lay eggs at a steady rate. The number of eggs produced by the queen varies depending on the species, and the age of the queen.

In Appling, Wayne, Tatnall, Pierce, and Jeff Davis Counties, with warm winter temperatures, egg production is continuous throughout the year, although there are seasonal fluctuations. For termites living in temperate regions, which have low winter temperatures, egg production is often suspended during the cold months.

Termites are capable of causing year-round problems, especially here in Southeast Georgia in our warmer climate. Treating your home for termites in the Fall months is also a possibility if you have had termite infestations in the past, because termites will stay active once they have found a safe haven in the wood structure of your home. Vigilant inspection and regular termite treatments year-round will help keep these wood-destroying organisms at bay.

Does Cold Weather Deter Termites?

The answer to this question is yes and no. Yes, cold conditions during the winter months will cause termites that are present outside your home to more or less hibernate, if they are nested deep within the soil or in decayed wood such as fallen trees. Large piles of firewood, however, as well as newspaper and magazine collections stored in outdoor sheds are also havens for termites. During winter months, these termite infestations remain active, waiting for the right environmental conditions such as warm, humid air to begin their mating cycles. So cold weather in this situation will not deter termites.

Winter Termite Infestations

If termites have already gained entry into the wood structure of your home, you will see signs of them during the winter months. This will occur during their mating cycles, when they produce winged reproductives (swarmers) that leave the nest to find new areas to colonize. Termite infestations in the interior walls, ceilings and floors will produce swarmers during the winter months, and treatment of existing and newly formed termite infestations may become necessary.

Best Fall Termite Treatments

Subterranean termite infestations are more difficult to control because their colonies are underground. These colonies can survive during winter months below ground and invade foundation walls and subflooring. Drilling and treating through slab floors or trenching and treating around foundation walls and footings is required to control subterranean termite infestations.

What Else Should You Do?

The best defense against termite infestations during Fall months is to have a professional termite company like GREEN FROG PEST SOLUTIONS inspect your home. We are trained and educated in termite biology, which means we have a good understanding of the mating habits and colonization trends that are expected in Wayne, Appling, Tatnall, and Jeff Davis counties.