What Are New Jersey Termites Doing in Late January and February?

When it comes to New Jersey termites in winter, “out of sight, out of mind” is NOT the attitude to have. Here’s why you may still need pest control services in the chilly months of January and February.

Just Where Do Termites Go?

Just as many people become “snowbirds” heading for sunnier climates such as Florida and Arizona when temperatures drop, termites seek warm, comfortable spots where they can pass the winter. As cold-blooded insects, termites require toasty temperatures in order to survive until spring.

Once termites find a suitable home, they pass the time by staying active, whether it’s moving, eating, or expanding their colony. Eastern subterranean termites stay true to their name by continuing to burrow deeper into the ground, putting more layers between themselves and the cold.

Don’t Allow Termites in Winter to Feast on Your Home

While many of the termites in the colony remain safe and warm in the tunnels, the workers are tasked with keeping everyone fed. These termites search for wood as they expand the tunnels. Once they find a source, the worker termites eat through the wood so they can carry it back to the rest of the colony.

In order to stay protected as they venture closer to ground, termites construct exploratory mud tubes. In order to prevent these pests from entering your home, remove firewood, trellises, or any wooden materials that are adjacent to soil. If that’s not possible, create a buffer zone at least 18 inches high, making it difficult for termites to reach.

NJ Pest Control Services for All Seasons

Unfortunately, termites aren’t the only unwanted visitors that turn up during winter. Are you noticing troublesome signs of insects, rodents, or other common pests? Contact us at Allison Pest Control to schedule a free pest inspection.

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