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Are There Termites In Winter?

TermiteTermites are extremely active during the warmer months of the year. But it seems like they disappear during wet and winter months, which makes people believe that they have stopped working, hibernated, or perhaps died under the wet soil or snow. Although they might appear like they are obvious answers to the question, they are actually far from the truth. Termites are active throughout the year, and yes, even during winter.


Although they appear like ants and called white ants in a few parts of the world, termites are actually not related to ants. As a matter of fact, they come from the same order as cockroaches. If you consider how they work, then you can compare them to bees, wasps, and ants. They divide their work among different castes and classes. Termites feed on wood, animal dung, leaf litter, and dead plants. Termites come in 3000 different species. They reside in colonies that can house a few hundred termites to more than a million in a few cases. They are intelligent and tend to be self-organized and decentralized within their hive. The colonies where they live in are built in an intricate and complex method. A regular colony has three kinds of termites, soldiers, nymphs, and workers. A colony can have more than one queen as well as reproductive members of both male and female sexes.

Economically Significant

Termites are known to be economically crucial in their interaction with humans because they are responsible for millions of dollars worth of structural damage annually. They are not confined to only one region and don’t have any specific temperature range in which they operate or survive. Because they are more prevalent in the warmer months, homeowners are a bit aggressive in how they protect their floors and walls but fail to do so during winter.

Cold Blooded

Myrtle Beach termites cannot generate their own body temperature. They are not reptiles however, they are cold-blooded, which means the changes in the environment’s temperature can affect them directly. Termites that create their nests in the ground are believed by many to be dormant during winter. These termites can deal with the cold by digging deeper into the soil as they look for something warm. Termites have been discovered at more than 40 inches deep below in the ground. They may slow down to some point but they do not lie dormant. During winter, they can still damage wood and forage for food. The type of termite, proximity to wood, and the size of their colony determine the extent of the damages that termites can cause during the colder season. They need three things in order to survive – heat, wood, and water, which can be provided by any home that has a heating system.

Indications of termite infestation

Termite activity may slow down during winter but that does not mean that they disappear during winter. There are some signs that you need to watch out for as they indicate that your house has a problem with a termite infestation. These include mud in the floors, or walls, wings of insects around or in the house, wood power close to small pinholes in the wood’s face, mild craters on surfaces, and sunken wood surfaces. If you think you need help getting rid of them, then you have to call a Myrtle Beach pest control company right away.

If you think you have a termite problem, call AAA Pest Control now!

AAA Pest Control
Myrtle Beach, SC

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