The Importance of Fall Termite Treatments
By the time temperatures start to drop, many home and business owners are starting to relax their attitudes towards pest control. Since much of the normal insect activity is less obvious when it’s cool, they think that everything must be dying off or going dormant and their attention goes towards other things. That is a dangerous attitude to have! When it comes to termites, fall treatments are critical to good pest control.
There is no dormant season for the termite. Its activity may slow down a bit but it does not stop. In a mild winter, the colony will stay closer to the surface of the soil and continue to breed. A warm winter will practically guarantee a massive swarm once spring returns.
Termite activity can be difficult to see even when they are extremely active. It’s nearly impossible for the average person to detect during the cooler months. They burrow into wood and create tunnels once inside, leaving the surface intact. Termites can create vast systems of tunnels throughout the framework of your home, doing thousands and thousands of dollars’ worth of damage before you ever notice. They will eat through not only wood but insulation, paper, books and even things like pool liners.
Swarms in the spring to summer months are the most obvious signs of termite infestation. Triggered by warm air and rainfall, they emerge from the colony and take flight. Seeing even a few of the winged insects inside your home is a bad omen. The insects take wing in order to find mates, breed and create new colonies. Once the new colonies are established in the soil, the termites get harder to find.
In the fall, it’s important to continue professional inspections and treatments as part of an integrated pest management plan. You might not be able to see the evidence of termites, but a professional pest control agent can. He’s trained to see the minute pieces of evidence that suggest termite infestation and he’ll look in places you might not be willing to go.
One tell-tale trace of termite infestation is the mud tube. Termites don’t like to travel above ground. They prefer to stay hidden inside wood or soil. In order to travel from place to place, they construct mud tubes that serve as highways. Your IPM professional will search the foundations of your home, inside and out, for these slender tubes. Fall is a great time to perform this search because your landscaping is at its least lush.
Locating and treating a termite problem in the fall helps control the issue for the short and long-term. They won’t swarm as heavily in the spring if you take care of the problem in the fall. Fewer new colonies will be established with less swarming. The cycle of breeding and mound growth is broken.
Don’t think your home is safe from termites just because the temperature has dropped. Get in touch with an integrated pest management professional before any more damage is done.