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Are Termites Active During The Winter?

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Well, as much as we truly do wish the answer was no, it isn’t. With the right conditions, termites can certainly survive year-round, and not only do they survive throughout the year, they literally never stop eating… ever. Termites eat 24/7, and if they go undetected long enough, will eat enough of your home that they could potentially collapse it. If a termite is lucky enough to get into your home, it will find an endless supply of food, and while feeding that one termite really isn’t a problem, the 60,000 to 1,000,000 termites that are likely to follow could spell disaster.

Termite colonies are large, and one of the reasons that termites are often so hard to eradicate completely is that their homes are built underground, making them hard to find and hard to get access to. Termites travel across open areas inside mud tubes that they construct in order to stay out of sight. These form an intricate series of pathways for the termites to travel, and oftentimes they will build these tubes straight through cracks in the foundation of your home. As the weather turns and the cold weather comes in they burrow deeper, allowing them to stay alive. While new infestations are rare during the winter months, they may occur. More importantly, existing colonies can sustain themselves and remain active for years and years, especially with the warmth we provide them. When spring arrives the reproductive termites will leave the colony in swarms to start new colonies.

Pest professionals are a great help when it comes to the eradication of termites. They are highly trained in the identification of termites and in locating the colonies. Pest control technicians have access to advanced tools and technology that are proven to kill the whole colony quickly and efficiently. The professionals at Witt Pest Management specifically use Sentricon® System with Always Active™ technology. This treatment includes the placement of devices around your home in specific areas and reassures extermination of the entire colony. The stations are filled with Recruit® HD, a termite bait that is immediately available to the pest upon entry into the station and is safe for pets and people. Each station includes enough bait to eliminate a colony on its own by effectively interrupting the ability for a termite to molt, which it will need to do in order to live. With the interruption of its molting process, termites will die. As worker termites collect food and bring it back to the colony they will inadvertently remove the entire nest through time. Sentricon® with Always Active™ not only takes care of existing termite colonies but helps prevent new ones from forming.

Termites are active year-round, with each season providing the termites different opportunities. During the warmer months, termites will expand their foraging and pathways. The reproductive termites will also swarm to start new colonies while worker termites protect them. The winter allows termites to expand their colonies, especially inside heated homes. If you suspect a termite infestation on your property, call Witt Pest Management. Our TopCare Complete program offers not only termite monitoring and elimination but will also protect your home from more than 40 other common pests along the way. We will inspect your home, provide interior and exterior treatments, pest proofing, and cleanup, and will install Sentricon® with Always Active™, all while reporting everything they find back to their customer portal so you can keep a close eye on what's being done. With the stubbornness of termites, having a year-round plan reassures that if they pose a problem in the future, one of our pest professionals will be there to take care of it so you don’t have to. Call Witt Pest Management today to learn about your treatment options.