When is Termite Season in Long Island?
Subterranean Termites are active underground all year long. They grow their colonies, and prepare for spring.
Once spring hits, subterranean termites surface. Reproductives will scatter to find suitable sites for new colonies, which may unfortunately be your house. Late March through June is perfect weather for termites on Long Island. Not too hot, not too cold. This is why sometimes people on Long Island refer to spring as “termite season.”
Do Termites Prefer Warm Weather?
Subterranean Termites prefer gentle temperatures in the 70 – 90 degree Fahrenheit range. They also appreciate a bit of rain as it brings dampness, and they need contact with soil to survive. Termites generally swarm on a warm afternoon after a rainy day with no wind present. They survive the fall and winter months by burrowing back underground.
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How do Termites Survive the Winter
Once the weather cools off, subterranean termites switch back to survival mode. For them, that means:
- In the autumn, termites seek wood or soil that they can burrow through to protect themselves from colder weather
- To avoid freezing temperatures, termites dig deep underground. However, the interior of your home also has everything they need to survive through the winter months
- The queen termite will continue to produce and lay eggs on mild days, even throughout the winter
- Although termites will likely not be seen between December and February, termites reproduce and tunnel through mud tubes during this time
Are Termites Seasonal?
On Long Island, we say that termites are seasonal because they’re most active between late March and June. This is when they come aboveground, and generally when new colonies are formed.
However, if you have an active termite infestation in your home, they do not shut down out of season. The queen will continue laying eggs and termites will continue consuming wood materials in your home all year.