Why is winter the best time for a Termite Inspection?

Termite control is a year round process, as termites are always active. Termites are attracted by moisture, so things like leaking pipes are not just an issue for your water bill, but an invitation for termites to set up residence in your home. 

An inspection during winter will locate where termites are feeding. Remember they are still active and hungry in winter, but as they are not advancing very far, to newer food sources in the colder weather;  winter is the perfect opportunity to intercept termites, before they cause too much ‘eating damage’ to your home. 

Do termites go dormant in winter? 

People often ask, do termites go dormant in winter? The answer is NO! Termites are active 365 days a year, the colder they are, the less they move. Termites are simply less active in the late winter months, due to travelling shorter distances to find food and the colder temperatures.

Termites are cold blooded and tend to stay in and around their nests in the winter months, thus making it easier to locate and control them in winter.

Can termites die in winter? 

Another popular question people ask is, can termites die in winter? Well, while termites can die if they become too cold or even too hot, the reason they usually stay in their nests and not travel far for food, is to stay warm. Lots of bodies are better than one! Termites will most certainly not die, if it is your home, helping protect them in the colder months. 

Once termites are in your home, they can remain for many years as they won’t just get up and leave on their own. Termites will spend years, doing irreversible damage if allowed to do so. 

Infact, termites now cause more damage to Australian homes than storms, fires, and burglaries combined, which is why no insurance company in Australia will cover you for damage caused by termites! 

Having a termite inspection in winter, before spring is the best time. During spring the weather warms up and termites start to multiply and travel more, looking for food, making it harder to control and locate termites. 

The cost of engaging a professional pest control company to conduct an annual termite inspection is nothing compared to the cost of the damage termites cause. Termites will even happily live off the paper composition of your drywall. 

Termite activity during winter

  • They are generally not looking for new food sources, unless disturbed.
  • Termites use more energy to stay warm and they are wanting to stay within the confines of their existing galleries. 

Termite activity during summer:

  • They are looking for new food sources, and often this means your yummy house!
  • Termites will travel significant distances in the warmer weather.
  • Termites prefer warmer weather, so when the air outside matches their ideal temperature, they advance as they don’t have to use energy to keep themselves warm. 

This is why termites are advancing in search of new food sources during the warmer months.

You can inspect for termites one day in summer and find nothing, yet before the end of summer, they arrive and then spend the whole of the next year eating your home. This is why winter is the best time to have your home inspected for termites.

To book your winter termite pest inspection, contact the team at Swat-A-Pest today.

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