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.