How to Tell if Drywood or Subterranean Termites are Active in Your Chatsworth, CA House this Winter
There many different species of pests that hibernate or fall dormant during the colder months. Many people find a little relief during the cold times with the ever-invading pests that infest our homes and businesses in the warm season. Despite the greater portion of pests that indeed take a break from pestering mankind during the cold time, there is plenty that still infest our homes and businesses and the locals of Southern California should not let their guard down. Subsequently causing the most destruction to homes and businesses, termites are among the pests that are active all year long. For their insatiable consumption of wood and cellulose materials, termites cost home and business owners billions of dollars a year in damages. To promote more awareness, we at Ventura Pest Control would like to elaborate on the behavior of termites in winter.
Year Round Termite Season in California
Since they are seemingly more active, more people have a tendency to be more conscious of termites during the spring and summer but due in part to our warm climate in California, termite season lasts all year here. Usually, a colony takes seven years to become well-established. When they are swarmers, or the reproducers, will leave the current colony to start a new one. Since their winter habits tend to lessen their displayed activity, too many presume termites hibernate, but unfortunately, termites continue to be active during winter as well. Quite a few property owners will set out to excavate their landscaping and gardens during the warmer months. When they do, though few realize it, the termites make contact with their property. Without the proper mindset, many people do not notice the potential invasions from the termites, especially as the weather cools.
Termite Species Found in Southern California
The most common termite species include drywood, Eastern subterranean, and Formosan subterranean termites that will demonstrate different habits in the colder months. Just because people are unaware of their winter habits, doesn’t mean they aren’t hard at work. Most termites do not die off or hibernate in the winter. How the termites respond to the cold months to stay warm are usually done one of two ways, which are the type of termite and the location of the colony. To live comfortably, most types of termites require favorable temperatures of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
How Do Termites Survive the Winter?
Like the majority of animals, termites require food to survive the winter. Subterranean termites, and other underground termites nest deep in the ground as they need the soil. To maintain warmth as the temperatures drop, these termites will dig further into the ground. Though very active all year long, they are not always visible as some report termites digging 40 inches below ground to stay warm.
Signs of Termites; Sawdust, Frass, Mud Tubes, Discarded Termite Wings & More
It is important for people to be aware that though termites are not necessarily seen, termites do in fact need their water, wood, and warmth, making the threat of an infestation ever present. Should they be colonizing a home or business that stays warm throughout the winter, their needs are conveniently met. Indicating you have an infestation includes discovering damaged wood, noticing the discarded wings of the reproductive caste, as well as noting the mud tubes constructed from the tunneling termites.