Once the cold season arrives, and insect activity is no longer visible, you may be tempted to believe that the freezing weather is a signal indicating that your pest problems are over. And with termites, you may even be convinced you’re out of the danger zone, given that their season starts in March and ends in November. In reality, your house is as vulnerable to the destructive critters as any other time of the year, because termites are active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Termites are wood-destroying pests that can cause tremendous damage inside the home. Because the signs of their damage are often hidden, they are a significant threat to the structural integrity of a building, costing homeowners an average of $3,000 annually in repairs.
The actual amount of damage depends on the termite species, whether they’re subterranean, dampwood, or drywood, the size of the colony, and the environmental conditions (type of wood available, temperature and moisture levels, etc.). Damage can range from minor, superficial problems to extensive structural damage that can cause ceilings and floors to collapse. The silent destroyers are tough, persistent, and highly efficient in destroying your house structure in just a few months.
Termites, just like many other troublesome indoor pests such as beetles, moths, and tree borers, are hitchhikers waiting for their chance to gain access inside the house via:
Homes most vulnerable to termites are those with:
But by far the most susceptible to termite damage are structures where wood comes into contact with the soil near the foundation. According to researchers, 90 percent of termite infestations are directly linked to wood in the soil – doorframes, deck posts, porch supports, etc. – that provide termites with sufficient food, moisture, and shelter for them to reproduce and grow.
Holidays are definitely the least pleasant time to get termites, but reacting promptly and calling a pest control professional to conduct a thorough inspection will prevent the nasty critters from eating away at your holiday cheer.
About the Author
Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.