Termites: A Year-Round Problem

Now that the temperature has started to drop, many people will turn their attention away from pests like mosquitoes and termites. Their focus will be on other pests like mice and other winter pests and the problems that they pose as they enter homes for the colder months. In all likelihood, it is probably safe to say you can put down your guard for mosquitoes. Termites, on the other hand, are quite a different story.

Termites can remain active during the winter months by going deeper underground or inside your temperature controlled home when it is cold outside. Their tunnels will be dug deeper into the ground to forage for food sources, and some may forage closer to their nesting areas. In any event, they will remain somewhat active by accessing warmth near or inside homes where they have access to food and moisture. Termite egg production will become less and you won’t see any swarming during those cold months either. However, if termites are present in your home, they still can do some damage.

Here are some warning signs that termites are active and living in your home:

  • Discolored drywall that may be droopy, this may include paint that is peeling that may look like water damage or drywall with tiny pinholes

  • Hollow wood that can be discovered by tapping on it

  • Crumbled wood or maze-like patterns in wooden items, such as furniture

  • Buckled, loose, or squeaky floorboards

  • Windows or doors that are stuck

  • Piles of termite feces that look like salt and pepper pellets

  • Discarded wings that look like dry scales from fish

  • Mud tubes around your foundation

Termites are extremely dangerous to the structure of your home and its contents. They will eat anything that contains cellulose, like wood, cardboard, paper, carpet, drywall, plaster, flooring, furniture, and other personal belongings. Termites in structural beams can cause major damage as they will be at risk to collapse, and that could cause you a lot of money to repair, not to mention that stress that it could cause. If your home shows signs of a termite infestation, that means that termites have been there for awhile and damage may have already occurred. It is very important to stop an infestation before it starts. One way to do that is to use a year-round pest control service.

You can call on our professionals at Adam’s Pest Control, and we will come out to inspect your home and determine if you have a termite problem or some other wood damaging pest. Your best bet is our year-round pest control since termites can be active throughout the year. We offer 100% customer satisfaction, competitive prices, a fast local response from our licensed professionals and a friendly service. Don’t let termites take over this winter, give us a call today, so that we can get rid of any termites you may be dealing with, and protect your home from future danger in the days to come.