Two frequent questions homeowners ask are: “Do termites die in the winter?” and “Do termites go dormant in the winter?” Here are answers to these and other important questions about termites in homes during winter.
Most termites stay active all year long. So, homes often need termite treatment in winter. But, the cold season does modify the habits of subterranean termite colonies. These normally move deeper underground for warmth to survive the cold. In northern regions, signs of termites during winter can include damaged wood or the presence of mud tubes. In subtropical parts of the country, like southern Louisiana and Florida, where winter temperatures can stay 70 degrees or above, swarming termites can remain more active than in colder northern areas.
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As colder weather sets in, a new population of wintertime house and lawn pests begin their move into your heated home. Meanwhile, some damaging lawn pests go underground and wait to reemerge and ravenously eat your grass in spring, killing off large swaths of your lawn. The best winter pest control tips to stop yard pests like lawn grubs and prevent spiders, roaches, mice, mosquitoes, bedbugs, and other highly resilient house pests from infesting your home this winter include these key dos and don’ts: