Termites

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Termite Information & Facts

You don’t want to find termites in your home, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a purpose in our ecological system. It is believed that termites have been on Earth since before the dinosaurs. 

In nature, termites infest dying trees and old wood, which helps with the natural deterioration of trees. But once termites begin infesting homes, that’s when real issues occur. 

Termite damage costs homeowners in the U.S. billions of dollars each year and they can destroy a home in up to two years. For how destructive these pests are, termites are fascinating creatures. 

The only way to deal with a termite infestation is to understand what termites do, how they work and how you can remove them from your home.

How Long Do Termites Live?

Worker and soldier termites typically live for one or two years. But colonies can exist for decades if it is located in ideal conditions. A queen termite’s lifespan can exceed a decade as well and she is often the oldest termite that can be found in the colony.

Termites Are Blind

Termite soldiers and workers are usually blind because they don’t need light to do their job. Termites live in dark and damp areas, so eyes are useless. Unless you are a reproductive termite, then eyes would be useful because they fly in order to find their mates.

Termite Communication

Termites communicate with each other in two ways. One way is through termite soldiers who bang their head on wood to signal to other termites of danger. Another way they communicate is through pheromones, or chemical scent trails, that allow termites to share information between one another. Scent trails guide workers and each colony has their own unique scent.

Termites Don't Sleep

Termites communicate with each other in two ways. One way is through termite soldiers who bang their head on wood to signal to other termites of danger. Another way they communicate is through pheromones, or chemical scent trails, that allow termites to share information between one another. Scent trails guide workers and each colony has their own unique scent.

A Queen Termite Lays How Many Eggs?

A queen termite is capable of laying up to 30,000 eggs in a single day. Once the queen termite begins to reproduce, she will stay in her chamber and be groomed by termite mates and children in order to keep the colony going.

Termite Exterminator

If you’ve discovered termites in your home, don’t panic. Your local Ehrlich pest specialists are only a phone call away. For more information about our termite treatment plans, call 800-837-5520 or contact us online.