Warm, damp summer weather creates the perfect conditions for fall termite swarms. Encouraged by the summer monsoons in the desert, termites thrive and multiply in the early fall. As the colony grows they look for new food sources to makes they can flourish; making your home target number one.
How the Weather Affects Termites
A colony generally begins increasing its egg production in July. The need to provide for the influx of offspring and the warm, moist conditions provide the perfect combination to make termites most active from September to November. Depending on the area and the amount of rain during the winter, another spike in activity may occur in late February through March.
When termite activity peaks, homeowners should be on the lookout for evidence of termites. The most common termite in Southern Arizona is the subterranean termite which typically can be identified by the mud tunnels on the foundation or inside the home.
Are Termites a Problem in Your Home?
Subterranean termites build their nests in the ground, but forage throughout the soil and up above ground to find food sources. However, due to their small size and varying construction methods, they can generally invade your home undetected. Even when they begin to cause damage to the house, a homeowner may not realize the underlying cause. However, it's important to know the signs and watch out for them:
- Drywall that is discolored, drooping or peeling
- Small holes in the drywall or baseboards
- Termite mud tunnels on the walls, dropping from the ceiling, or coming up from the soil outside on the foundation.
Bear in mind that termites can invade a home without any readily visible signs. In many cases, homeowners have no idea that there is a problem at all until the damage has already occurred.
Your Fall Termite Inspection
It’s recommended to have your home inspected at least annually and treated as necessary as soon as possible. As termites are most active in the fall, this is a good time of year to have the inspection performed by a licensed professional. Unlike many other pests, termites do not go dormant in winter. If you wait until spring, the new colony could be well established and already causing significant damage to your property.
For your peace of mind and to ensure your home stays pest-free throughout the winter, be sure to contact Bill's Home Service for a fall termite inspection and treatment. If we find signs of termites in your home, we'll act swiftly to stop the infestation from spreading and causing damage.