Even With The Weather Cooling Down in Maryland, You Can't Forget About Termites


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Do you know that pest control technicians sometimes find active termites underneath a layer of snow? Well, not directly under the snow but inside wood or soil that is under a layer of snow. There are two reasons for this. The first has to do with how termites deal with the cold. They're not warm-blooded creatures; they're cold-blooded. That means they don't have to maintain a constant temperature. They can live in a cold environment for an extended period of time. Some species of termite can be active in temperatures as cold as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The second reason termites can be active in wood or soil under a layer of snow has to do with how they insulate their tunnels. Subterranean termite workers and soldiers live their lives exclusively inside their tunnels and they take extraordinary measures to prevent their tunnels from being exposed to the air. If tunnel walls are breached, they are quickly sealed with mud. This makes termite tunnels resistant to fast temperature changes. These two facts are important to consider when it comes to protecting your Maryland home from subterranean termite damage. Why? Because they demonstrate how termites can actively damage your home even in the middle of the winter. Here are a few more facts to consider.

1. Termites often create colonies below the frost line.

A subterranean termite colony can be several feet below the surface, sometimes as far as 20 feet below the surface. That means a colony can be established directly underneath your home. If this happens and termite workers find a crack in your foundation, you could be in trouble. Workers will be able to travel straight up into your home and back down to their colony without being exposed to the frozen ground around your home.  

2. Termite workers travel far.

Termite workers can travel as far as the length of a football field to find food sources. That is about 360 feet! So a termite colony doesn't have to be directly under your home to feed on it. It can be several feet away from your home and several feet under the ground. You can also have more than one colony feeding on your home, even in the middle of winter.

3. Termites build satellite colonies.

When termites find a large food source, they sometimes build a satellite colony near the source. This allows them to reproduce offspring faster and to acquire food more quickly. If a satellite colony is created in a crawl space or cellar underneath a home, it can lead to an increase in termite damage during the winter months because worker termites don't have to travel as far to acquire food. And if they find warm wood to feed in, it can increase the speed at which they are able to consume it.

4. Termites never sleep.

Subterranean termites are simple organisms. They're so simple, they don't require sleep to regain their energy. This allows them to feed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and, if possible, 365 days a year.

Always Active Termite Protection

Termites never stop—and neither should your termite protection. That is why we use the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. The "always active" in the Sentricon® System means that your Maryland home is never left unprotected. When termite workers come to feed on your home any time of year, they find the bait in the Sentricon® bait stations and immediately begin to share it with the other termites in their colony. This results in the death of the attacking colony.

The Problem with Termite Damage

Don't let termite damage take you by surprise. Subterranean termites are stealthy insects that can cause significant destruction. In some cases, the damage done by these insects leads to irreparable damage. When you invest in termite protection for your Maryland home, you decide how much you're going to allow termites to cost you. In fact, you can make it a line item in your budget. You don't have to worry about termites turning your home into a money pit or watching your retirement savings get eaten up by costly repairs.

Termite Control in Maryland

For year-round termite protection in Maryland, reach out to the Certified Sentricon® Specialists™ at American Pest. Our team is one of the best in the industry. We've been tasked to protect some of our nation's most treasured structures. We can make sure your treasured structure is properly protected. Reach out to us for a consultation or request a free estimate.   

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