Do Termites Survive With Lower Temperatures?

Temperature normally affects most insects. However, termites, although they are affected by the cold, maintain their activity throughout the year.

Temperature normally affects the activity and presence of most insects. When the low temperatures so characteristic of winter arrive, many reduce their activity, and some even disappear, entering a kind of hibernation. However, termites, although they are affected by the cold, maintain their activity throughout the year.

It is very common to mistakenly think that there are no termite infestations in winter. That is why, below, we explain a little more about these xylophagous insects that give so many headaches.

Termites and Cold

As insects that they are, the activity of termites is affected by low temperatures, as we mentioned before, so they slow down, but, unlike other insects, they remain active all year round.

What does happen with this type of pest, then, is that their activity slows down when the temperature drops. In addition, in their juvenile phases, their development is also slowed down and the queens lay fewer eggs. However, we must bear in mind that buildings have optimal conditions inside, both in terms of temperature and humidity, which make termites find their perfect refuge in them to stay active at all times of the year and continue with their woodwork.

The furniture and any other element with cellulose thus become susceptible to being infested by a plague of termites, regardless of the month in which we find ourselves, and with all that this implies in terms of material damage, and the damage that can be caused generate in the wooden structures of buildings.

At Turbo Termite Inspection Specialist in San Diego, we believe that it is important not to let our guard down during the winter and to be attentive to the signs of the presence of xylophagous insects. Detecting them in time is the first step to then proceed with their elimination, which should always be left in the hands of specialized professionals.