Termites in Cold Weather – Don’t Let Your Guard Down

If you see signs of termites in your home this winter, do not dismiss them as something else. Contact Titan Pest & Wildlife Solutions and schedule a termite inspection.

Most homeowners are aware of termite activity during the warmer months. However, don’t let your guard down; termites do not die in the winter. In the wild, termites dig deep underground where the temperatures remain warmer. If they previously infested your home, they have likely found all the water, food, and warmth they need to survive the cold.

If you see signs of termites in your home this winter, do not dismiss them as something else. While they may be less active when it’s cold, it pays to watch for these destructive pests year-round. If you suspect termites in your home, contact Titan Pest & Wildlife Solutions and schedule your termite inspection.

Common Signs of a Termite Infestation

If your home is more than twenty years old, you can guarantee that your home has some degree of termite damage. While not all termite damage is severe, allowing them to continue to infest your house will likely lead to a future disaster.

Here are some of the most common signs of a termite infestation:

  • Swarms – One of the most evident signs of termite infestation is the presence of “swarmers” around your home. They are winged termites that fly in Spring to reproduce, and they will leave the wings behind, likely on windowsills. But swarmers are only present for a short time during the year, and termites can go undetected for a long time.
  • Mud tubes extend over support piers, floor joists, or walls and are used for termites to travel from underground colonies to their feeding grounds.
  • Termite droppings – They resemble coffee grounds or sawdust and are hexagonal in shape. The color is wood-like.
  • Damaged wood – Signs of termite activity are related to damage in the wooden structures of your home. The floors will start feeling spongy and show blisters and sagging in certain areas. Windows and doors that are suddenly difficult to open or close might also signify that termites have begun consuming the wooden framing, causing irregularities and deformations. Because termites usually consume the inner parts of the wooden structures, damaged wood will sound hollow when knocked.
  • Live termites – Any presence of live termites in and around the house is a sure sign, but the problem is that it is challenging to spot termites because they generally remain inside their colonies and within the wood. A professional termite control expert can help identify the presence of live termites.

Schedule a Termite Inspection

At Titan Pest & Wildlife Solutions, we understand the importance of maintaining a termite-free home. Missouri is home to many different types of pests, and none of them are welcome in your home or on your property. If you’re dealing with a pest infestation of any kind, don’t wait for it to go away on its own. Protecting your home from pests can be a challenge. Our licensed and certified exterminators are committed to providing our customers with complete pest control solutions.

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