What Do Termites Do When It’s Cold?

While you may think that termites seemingly vanish like other pests when cold temperatures arrive, you may be surprised to learn that these pests remain active year-round. However, while termites will continue to forage for wood sources during colder months, their daily routine may change drastically with the weather. In this article, we will examine what termites do when it’s cold and provide some insight into the best ways to protect your structure from potential damages caused by these destructive pests.

Termite Activity During the Winter

As temperatures begin to drop, termites will begin creating foraging tunnels deeper into the ground to create insulation against harsh temperatures. For this reason, species that tend to travel near the surface of the soil will typically abandon any wood sources that are exposed to the frigid air. However, this doesn’t mean that their activity will cease all together although you will find they do become less active than they would be during the summer months.

It is important to note, however, that heated buildings and the soil that may be adjacent to them will provide enough warmth for termite activity to continue as normal year-round. This means that any termites that are already inside of your home or business will continue to create damage at the same pace in most circumstances. Even more devastating, queen termites will continue to lay eggs at an alarming rate with little change throughout the year because they are located in the same position at all times.

During the winter and spring, it is important to take the time to examine your home for any potential damage that may already exist and limit entry points that termites and other pests may use. In your home or business, look for sagging or dipping walls that may indicate a termite presence has already taken its toll. Remember, termite colonies can include millions of individual termites. For this reason, identifying and removing them as soon as possible is critical for avoiding costly repairs in the future.

Termite Control During the Winter

If you suspect that termites have invaded your structure, it is important to enlist the services of a professional pest control provider like Emtec Pest Control as soon as possible. Our expert technicians can provide a thorough termite inspection to not only locate any potential damages caused by these pests but also install lasting protection to remove them and ensure they don’t return in the future. We achieve this through the implementation of the Sentricon® System to provide year-round treatment and monitoring.

The Sentricon® System is effective because it utilizes a proprietary bait that is irresistible to termites while not alerting them to the danger it provides. This ensures the colony doesn’t become suspicious and continues foraging, as usual, to quickly and safely remove any existing colonies that may be present on your property. This is achieved because foraging termites will return the bait to the colony to feed them without them realizing their food source is actually detrimental to them.

The Sentricon® System takes advantage of Recruit® HD termite bait that limits the ability of termites that ingest it to breed or eat anymore. This means that all termites in the colony, including the queen, will be eliminated. Unlike liquid insecticides or DIY foam treatments which may kill your lawn but leave termites untouched, The Sentricon® System is guaranteed to eliminate the entire termite colony without causing collateral damage to your home, yard or pets, like some chemical treatments might.

Why Emtec Pest Control for Termite Control?

Though termites are a fascinating insect, the presence of them in your home or business can cause extensive and expensive damages. If you are in need of termite control, the experts at Emtec Pest Control are here to help by providing the award-winning Sentricon® System! Give us a call at (918) 663-0613 or contact us today to get started and protect your home from these destructive pests!

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.-