The onset of winter sees more people becoming lax about their termite control because the season also happens to see less of the insects. Still, just because you cannot see termites right in front of you does not mean they are not present. Termites still do damage to your property even when you cannot see them: it just so happens that many of them swarm in the hot months because that is the time when their biological clocks tell them to expand (or send out new would-be-queens to other territories). Even when you do not see them swarming, however, you should know that they are still likely to be in your house. Do not fall into the same trap a lot of homeowners fall into, which is that of relaxing the preventions installed in your house against the critters.

The first thing to do for termite control in winter is to check your roof. Sounds strange? Not at all: most termite extermination specialists actually do recommend that homeowners check their roofs constantly in order to detect leaks. Leaky roofs are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to providing inhabitable conditions for termites in houses that would be generally safe otherwise, simply because the leak keeps the wood damp, rots and softens it, and thus makes it a perfect feeding ground for termites. Do not forget to check your plumbing as well if you are already checking your roof: leaks from plumbing can also create “damp spots” to which termites shall naturally gravitate.

Check all the areas around your home that see the wood coming into direct contact with the ground. This means poking about the foundations and checking the crawlspace of your house. The most widespread termite in the US is the subterranean termite, according to termite control experts, so it is best to be on the lookout for them in particular. If you see tubes of mud (these may either crawl up a wall or project straight from the ground like stalagmites), call in a termite control expert ASAP.

Next, check if there are any objects made of cellulose (this is found in plant fibres) stacked around your home. This means piles of firewood, bundles of old newspapers, old books, cardboard boxes, and similar objects. Make sure that none of these are near your house: they attract termites very quickly.

Finally, call in a professional. Most termite control experts actually are willing to inspect your house for free, so you do not have to worry so much about prices just yet. Get the free termite inspection first, then see if you need to institute any other protective measures aside from the ones you already have—assuming you were smart enough to get your house treated for termites in the past.