Sacramento, Northern California, and much of the United States is experiencing unseasonably warm weather, less rain, and very mild weather this winter. When temperatures reach 60 degrees termites will seek food and shelter indoors before heading outside. Termites thrive in damp, humid climates, while the weather we are experiencing is a relief for us, it is also great for termites.

Termites cause an estimated 5 billion dollars in damage each year in the United States. Although they are not generally visible in the spring, weather like we are experiencing is perfect for termites. Damage can often go unnoticed until it is to late. Watch more mud tubes, termite swarms, and discarded wings, during warm days termites are able to shed their wings.

Termites are attracted to light so often times large groups, or ‘swarms’ of termites are found about light fixtures, and window sills. Mud tubes are about the size of a pencil and offer a protective coating along with moisture for the termites, they run in vertical patterns and are normally found on the inside and outside of a buildings foundation.

Some simple tips to prevent termites from entering your home are to

–          keep the gutters clean and clear

–          do not pile mulch, dirt, compost against your homes siding

–          pay attention to dirt filled crawlspaces, this a very easy access point for termites especially if the wood is in contact with the dirt.