As anyone who has lived in the area for any length of time can attest, termites can be a fairly serious problem here in North Georgia. Keeping them away from your home during the rest of the year can feel like a full time job at times, and while it might be tempting to think that during the winter months you can safely turn your attention to other things without having to worry, you might be surprised to find out just how wrong that notion can be. There are a lot of people out there who tend to believe that termites either die off or go into hibernation during the winter months, and while it is true that some types of termites do tend to go deeper underground in search of the right temperature and moisture conditions they need to survive during the winter, there are other types that actually try their best to take up shelter inside your home during this time. Keeping your home free of pests is a year-round job, so it is very important to make sure that you aren’t letting your guard down during the winter months. Otherwise, you could find yourself with a very serious problem on your hands come spring.
Drywood & Dampwood Termites
Drywood and dampwood termites are two species of termite that actually live above ground, and when the weather outside starts to dip towards cooler temperatures, these species of termite are more than likely going to attempt to retreat into your home or any other wood structures that might be nearby instead of going underground like many other species. Like their name implies, drywood termites are more likely to seek out dry wood to nest for the winter, and dampwood are going to attempt to seek out the wooden areas of your home that tend to stay more damp with moisture. Once they establish a nest, both of these species are more than likely going to remain close to the nest all winter long, and won’t be going around foraging much during that time. It would be a mistake to think that just because they aren’t leaving the nest, however, that they are going dormant.
Despite the fact that these drywood and dampwood termites likely won’t be going about your home in search of food, they are going to be feeding during the winter months, and that feeding can result in a great deal of damage to the area around where they have made their nest. Your home provides these invaders with a steady supply of food, warmth, and moisture, all of which are things that will help the colony survive and thrive during the months ahead. With all three of these factors in one place, the entire colony should be able to make it through the entire season, and that means that you could be facing extensive damage by the time spring comes back around.
Look Out For Signs
It is important to remain vigilant and on the lookout for any signs that termites might be making a nest inside your home. Be on the lookout for damaged wood, or wood that sounds like it has been hollowed out, as these are both fairly clear indicators that you might have a problem on your hands. Also, frass, or termite droppings, are another clear giveaway. If you notice small holes in your walls or in your furniture that seem to drop these fine, powdery droppings when you tap on them, or have them accumulating at the bottom, it is highly likely that you have an infestation. Contact our pest control service experts at PCS Pest Control Solutions today!