When is Termite Season in Louisiana?
Termites are a year-round pest problem in Louisiana. However, many people believe termite season to be the springtime, which is when reproductive termites tend to swarm and build new colonies.
Unfortunately, termites have a life cycle that allows them to be more or less active through each and every season, making them a threat to homes all year. Even if you don’t spot swarming termites in the spring or summer, they are still active in the fall and winter, feeding and reproducing. This makes termites one of the few pests that is active all year long in Louisiana.
Do Termites Prefer Warm Weather?
Termites typically prefer daytime temperatures between 70 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Subterranean termites also are drawn to more wet climates. Both of these facts makes Louisiana’s humid weather an ideal spot for termites to thrive. Termites generally swarm on a warm afternoon after a rainy day with no wind present. This gives them plenty of opportunities to swarm in the Louisiana spring or summertime
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Where Do Termites Go in the Winter?
- In the fall, termites will seek out wood or soil locations that they can easily burrow through to protect themselves from colder weather.
- To escape freezing temperatures, they will dig deeper into the soil, although the interior of your home has everything they need to survive through the winter months.
- The queen termite can continue to produce and lay eggs on mild days, even during the winter.
- While you may not see swarmers between December and February, termites are still actively reproducing and tunneling through wood.