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Why Termites Are A Year-Round Concern For Terre Haute Residents

a big termite up close

Termites are a year-round concern for Terre Haute residents. In spring and/or fall swarmers take flight to mate, and establish and build new colonies. Through the summer, colonies grow as eggs hatch and larvae mature into adult termites. Soldiers protect the newly established colony while workers continue tunneling and expanding. By the time fall and winter approach, a termite colony of more than 60,000 strong may be established. Unlike other summer pests, termites do not hibernate in the winter. In fact, they can survive temperatures as low as 25 degrees. Outdoors, they will burrow several feet down into the ground to survive the cold winter. Indoors, the heat, available wood, and moisture can keep termites active throughout the year.

As a Terre Haute homeowner, you should continue to be diligent about watching for signs of termites in your home through the fall and winter. Mud tubes around your home, sawdust-like piles near wood structures, discarded wings, buckling walls or floors, and unusual noises in the walls are all signs of an active termite infestation. You can take some steps to reduce the risk of termites choosing your home to infest. Termites need the cellulose in wood to survive, so removing any wood food source from your property can be extremely helpful. This includes rotted tree stumps and fallen tree limbs around your property, wood piles, old wood sheds, decks and porches that are in poor repair, excessive yard debris and the like.
While preventative measures are helpful, termites are not a nuisance pest that homeowners can treat on their own once they infest. DIY methods and sprays are not effective and usually only serve to cause more long-term problems. Professional preventative services can save homeowners major headaches and a lot of money in the long run.
Action Pest Control pest professionals are experts in taking care of termites for good. Our technicians are highly skilled and knowledgeable in eliminating termites from your Terre Haute area home. Our process includes an inspection of your property, the treatment that is best suited for your home and termite issue, regular monitoring, and yearly inspections. Our termite control and elimination plans include a lifetime warranty so you can rest assured that your home is protected from termites. Don’t hesitate to call us today as fall and winter are not the time to get lax in protecting your home from the devastating destruction a termite infestation can cause.