Termites are one of the few insects that work night and day. Even Black Ants slow down during the night. But there are two factors that slow down the termites’ work rate – temperature and availability of moisture.
As we enter the chillier months of winter the temperature of the ground and your home becomes cooler. The cooler the environment, the less efficient the termites will be. If the ground temperature drops below 24° Celsius the termites find it very hard to function. This is why we don’t find termites in abundance in the Southern States of Australia.
Termites need to maintain a “core” temperature in their nest between 25°C – 36°C for it to be functional. When the cooler months hit the South East Queensland, it is not uncommon to find a termite nest inside a wall that has a population of millions all huddled together keeping “Queenie” warm. When the warmer months come back the majority of these termite workers will leave the nest to forage for food.
If your house is nice and warm inside during winter, then you could be supporting a colony of termites that have found a concealed entry point and set up home in this nice cosy environment.
The good thing about looking for termites in winter is that the temperature variance inside your home is starker and a termite nest will show up clearly with our Flir Thermal Cameras. You can see in the photo on the left the warm yellow glow of a termite nest in a toilet wall.
If you have that nagging feeling you might have termites – now in the cooler months of winter is a good time as any to have a Thermal Inspection. Call us now to arrange a full inspection using the industry leading Flir e50 Thermal Cameras.
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