What is Termite Activity Like in Drought Conditions?

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Drought conditions most have an impact on all living things.  You might not be giving too much thought to termites, but they are not immune to drought conditions.  This fact has implications for your home, business or both.  All types of wildlife, ranging from large species like deer and bears, to the smallest ones like insects, will respond to drought.  The need to find water is of paramount importance for all living creatures.  They quickly respond when water becomes scarce!

The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause about $5 billion in damages every year!  The amount of water and moisture available plays a key role in their activity levels.

Termites respond to drought conditions in a way that many people find surprising.  First, it is important to understand how they live.  Subterranean termites build expansive and complex tunnel systems.

These tunnel networks give them access to foods supplies on the surface.  You might do a visual termite inspection and see nothing, but it doesn’t mean they’re not busily working away just out of sight.

Drywood termites are a different story.  They live in wood, and that means they will eat your home away if even the chance.  Other kinds live in complex above ground mounds and nests.  Subterranean and drywood termites are the ones that make life rough for property owners.

There are other forms of termites whose diet is plant based and, as a result, cause mankind virtually no problems whatsoever.  In this regard, the termite has received something of a bad reputation that it might not totally deserve.  Most of the billions of dollars of property damage that termites are responsible for is really just the work of a few trillion individuals working feverishly day and night together.

Termites might look tough, but they are actually pretty vulnerable and need water and moisture to survive.  Whereas other insects can make do without a good deal of water and moisture, termites are not so hardy.  This is part of the reason that termites will go deep underground when there are drought conditions.  Since the termites go underground, this can lead to a reduction in termite activity.  Yet, no good thing lasts forever, and the termites will come back eventually.  When warm weather and ample rain returns, there will often be in increase in termite swarms as well.

The right weather conditions will impact termite activity.  Every homeowner must be ready and prepared for these insects.  Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there, working day and night to eat your home.  A proactive plan including an inspection is the best way to prevent termite problems.

Termites can make their presence felt in almost every climate.  Taking steps, such as having a termite inspection, is a key way to preserve your investment and the integrity of your home.