You might think wintertime is a season free from pest problems, but that’s not the truth. Today we’re going to take a moment to talk about a very common misconception about termites. Many people believe that termites hibernate during the winter. That’s just not the case. Here’s the real facts:
Like any insect, termites are very sensitive to changes in temperature. Their favorite temperatures are close to our favorite temperatures. Termites like life best when the temp is between 70 and 100 degrees F. And let’s be real – for most of us in the Easton area, the home is kept somewhere between 70 and 100 degrees F a good deal of the time!
If your home got very, very cold for some reason, any termites you have will become inactive. You won’t see them scurrying around the house. Instead, you’re more likely to find them huddled up with thousands and thousands of their friends inside your walls, trying to keep warm in the nest. They really start to slow down at about ten to twelve degrees below freezing – say 20 to 25 degrees F. If it’s that cold in your home for a prolonged period of time, you’re going to have bigger things to worry about than pest control!
As an Easton pest control company, we see termite activity happening throughout the year. That’s why our pest control program involves ongoing treatments to keep your homes pest-free. While the holiday season may bring out a charitable impulse toward all living things, it’s important to remember that termites can do lasting, expensive damage to your home. Getting termites out of your home is an essential step to protecting your largest investment.
So, long story short – you can not count on cold weather getting rid of the termites in your home. Termites do not die of the cold unless exposed directly to sub-zero temperatures, and even then, they have survival strategies to minimize how many perish. For a truly pest-free home, call in your local pest control company.