Termite Populations Depend on Weather and Food Sources

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Termite Activity Increases Dramatically During the Summer

Published on August 30, 2017

In warmer climates like the American Southwest, termites remain consistently active and visible all throughout the year. On the other hand, termites in cooler climates, tend to exhibit less activity during the winter months, although this does not mean that their activity has ceased altogether. They continue to feed even during the coldest months of the year, and signs of termite damage can manifest at any time.

It’s difficult to predict exactly when termite season will begin or end, although the duration of the season will often depend on where you live. Subterranean species, for example, will not forage for food if the soil is too hot or too cold, thus limiting the time in which they can successfully breed and expand their population.

Weather is one of the main factors that will impact termite activity, but it’s by no means the only important aspect. Termite activity also often depends on the degree of shelter that a given nest can offer its population.

termitesFor example, drywood termites, which might nest inside heated structures, are not nearly as exposed to harsh winter temperatures as other species or populations, meaning that they can continue to feed and breed virtually unabated.

Likewise, subterranean termites have the ability to build nests more than eighteen inches below the surface of the soil, enabling them to escape the frigid temperatures above ground. During the unforgiving winter months, environments with controlled temperatures, like basements and attics for example, are ideal nesting places for termites.

It’s unlikely that termites will make their presence known during the winter by swarming—an activity that usually takes place in spring or summer, depending on the temperature—but that doesn’t necessarily mean that termite activity has stopped. In some tropical parts of the country like Florida, for example, swarms may still be observed in the winter, where temperatures can still reach up to the seventies or higher.

Even in these tropical climates, however, breeding will still usually take place in the spring and summer. They will most likely take place on warm, calm days that follow a rainstorm.

termitesDepending on the availability of food, this process can sometimes take up to five years. During this pre-swarming period, termite colonies can continue to grown and cause damage to your home unnoticed. If you suspect that termites have nested in or around your home, call your local pest control expert right away.

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If termites have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced termite removal experts.