The first thing you should know about Arizona termites is that just because you cannot see them does not mean your home is not suffering from them. While termites around the world do tend to keep a lower profile in winter or cold season, this only means they are going to be more likely to stay in the woodwork at such times, not that they shall be stopping their actual destructive activities. Termite prevention should be practiced even in winter, because termites may slip into your home at just about any time of the year, depending on the number of avenues you leave open to the pests. Here we discuss a few things you should look out for this winter in your preparations for the cold months.
First of all, check that your termite prevention measures are still functional. This means ensuring that your termite baiting stations are still up and that the barriers your termite control company has installed have not yet worn out (the chemicals from these eventually degrade). You might even want to get a termite inspection if you want to be certain that you have had all bases covered: most termite control companies offer inspections for free anyway, so this should not be any trouble for you. It is better to learn sooner rather than later if there are indeed termites afflicting your building, because it may be a touch tougher to get the insects once full-on winter comes and the Arizona termites retreat to the deeper parts of your home’s wooden structure, eating them from inside out. You cannot wait for spring and summer to arrive either: that would see your home gutted by the pests by the time you take action.
Next, you should check that all your gutters are functioning properly and not clogged. The same goes for checking the roof and pipes for leaks. These are important because clogged drains and leaky roofs contribute to damp wood, and most termite species love damp wood. Winter makes it worse, so you need to reduce the dampness where you can. Do not forget to check the gutter on your roof as well for grime build-up and drips.
As the last part of your termite prevention checklist for winter, you should take a look at the things around your house. This means inspecting your yard for materials made out of cellulose that might prove attractive to roaming termites. Examples of such materials would be dead tree stumps, lumber, old items made out of wood such as discarded crates and even broken furniture, scrap papers, and the like. All of these are made out of cellulose, which Arizona termites use for bodily fuel. Remove these from around your house to minimize temptation for the insects and keep your house free of these pests.