Hoping For a Mild Winter? So Are Termites

Everyone hopes for a winter that's as mild as it is quick. People simply don't want to endure long, brutal winters that bring snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. There are, however, some issues with easy winters that people should know before they are so eager to put away their snow equipment.

Every year, termites cause roughly $30 billion in damage to U.S. structures. After mild winters, termites have a much better opportunity to feast of moist wood, causing more havoc for homeowners.

CBC News reports that during warmer winter temperatures, the environment becomes much more moist, which creates ideal conditions for termites and other pests. Harsh, frozen winters actually make it much more difficult for termites to feed -- and subsequently cause any damage to your home -- so they retreat underground where they're usually dormant until spring.

Residential pest control services are a must if we do, in fact, experience a mild winter. Hire an exterminator through a pest control company if you believe your home is in danger of a termite infestation. Even if this winter lasts for 11 and a half months, it's still best to consult a residential pest control exterminator when the warm weather comes back.

"In people's homes, they might open up a wall and all of a sudden they'll find all the damage, or they might find the termites in there," said Eric James, a termite specialist.

It's difficult to actually see the termites once they're in your home. Rather, homeowners will likely discover termite droppings or signs of the physical damage. That's why it's important to consult with an exterminator before it's too late. If you let your home become overrun with termite colonies -- which can eat through about five grams of a wooden structure a day -- you are going to end up spending thousands of dollars on repairs.

Take the necessary preventative measures to ensure these pests never make it into your home. Contact Dixon Pest Services for residential pest control today.