Termites are a serious household problem that every homeowner should deal with. In fact, a survey by Archicentre from the Royal Institute of Architects found that an estimated 130,000 Australian homes are ravaged by termites per year. The average cost of treatment and repair for these homes can go up to $10,000 per home according to AEPMA.
Defending your home from termites should be done all-year-around. But if you are an observant homeowner, you may notice a lot of activity from these pests during the summer season. What makes summer the termite season that you need to watch out for?
Summer season is termite season
In the warmer months of the year, you may see termites more often as they work for their colony. This increase in activity lies in termite biology. Termites are cold-blooded insects. They do not have the ability to generate their own body temperature. This means that temperature changes in the environment can also lead to changes in their physiology.
Because of the warm temperature, summer is the best season for termites to swarm. During this period, the weather creates an ideal environment for termite breeding and exploration. The colony may also let loose flying termites that separate from their current colony to begin a new one. When they find a suitable place, the nest-building process will begin. This mating period increases the risk of spreading the termite infestation to a new home.
Should you ignore termites in winter?
Termites may be more active in summer, but that doesn’t mean your home is safe from termites during the winter. As we’ve previously mentioned, changes in temperature affect the routine of termites. They are actually not dormant during the winter. Termites handle the cold by burrowing deeper into the soil to maintain a warmer temperature. While they are much slower during this season, they still do forage for food and damage the wooden parts of your home. (Read: Signs Your Home Has Termite Infestation)
Dealing with termites during summer
Summer may be the termite season by that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to minimise their damage to your home. Here are some helpful tips to limit the risk of termites infesting your home.
- When you spot a swarm of flying termites, turn off your lights. These pests are attracted to light sources so turning them off may deter them from coming to your home.
- Keep mulch away from your home. This type of soil attracts termites because of their nutrients and moisture. Use rubber mulch which does not attract termites.
- Have a routine inspection of your home. Watch out for some visible signs of termite infestation such as detached termite wings or rotting wood.
- Seal cracks and crevices that termites may enter. Use caulk or silicone-based sealant to prevent them from crawling into your home’s foundation.
- Consult a pest control Sydney provider near you. At the first sign of infestation, it is best to call experts for effective pest control solutions.
Your summer’s pest control solution
For effective protection and termite control in Sydney, call our reliable exterminators at Masters Pest Control. Call us on (02) 8007 4666 and schedule a termite inspection today.