Many people make the mistake of assuming that pest season comes to a halt in the fall and winter. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case! In the colder months of the year, termites will gladly dwell in your home and remain active. The only thing that changes during this time of year is their routine. Many types of termites will move deeper into the ground through tunnels to escape colder temperatures. While termite season is usually regarded as the spring, termites can be active throughout the entire year. No matter what time of year, termites are capable of causing a lot of damage to your Atlanta GA home.
What Do Termites Do in the Fall?
While you might not be as aware of them, termites are active in the fall and winter. Termite queens lay eggs year-round and at a steady rate. This means that termite colonies will not only stay active but continue to grow during the fall and winter. Maturity is the number one determinant in a colony’s ability to damage your home. A two to four-year-old colony can cause damage to your property at any time of the year.
This being said, termites need to stay warm in colder temperatures, which is why they will nest 25 to 30 feet down in the soil during the winter. This is why it’s unlikely to see termites this time of year. However, you can certainly still notice termite damage.
How to Check for Termites in the Fall & Winter
Signs of termite damage can be seen at any time of the year. In the fall, winter, and all other seasons, it’s important to look for the following signs of termite damage in your property:
- Ceiling/wall discoloration
- Termite frass (feces)
- Sagging sheetrock
- Buckling floors
- Loose tiles
- Bubbled floors
- Holes in drywall
- Crumbling wood
- Hollow windows and/or doors
- Shed swarmer wings
Year-Round Termite Prevention
The bad news is that termites are able to infest and damage your home any time of the year, even in the fall and winter. The good news is that there are multiple options to safeguard your home against termites any time of the year. The termite exterminators at Active Pest Control can work with you to develop a termite treatment plan suited to the unique needs of your property. We know how distressing these destructive pests are, which is why we are committed to keeping you safe from them this fall and all year long!