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Understanding the lifecycle of termites is key to understanding the development of termite colonies in man-made structures. After the queen termite lays her eggs, termite larvae hatch and are cared for by their nest mates.
Immature termites can be categorized into three categories:
Termite larvae eventually grow into one of two roles in colony: reproductives or workers.
However, immature termites do have a pre-destined role. The larvae through a molting process will develop into reproductives or workers depending on the needs of the colony. A pheromone is sent throughout the colony communicating if more workers or reproductives are needed. Larvae can actually reverse their molting process if it is needed for them to take on a different role.
The presence of termite larvae in a property is cause for concern as it's a sign that there is an active colony growing. Identifying termites (both larvae and adults) is a difficult undertaking without professional training and tools.
If you are concerned you've uncovered termites in your home or business, contact your local Ehrlich office by calling 1-800-837-5520 or filling out a contact form online.
Termite larvae are very small and white in color. The larvae are nurtured by other termites until they've grown into a role in the colony. Termite larvae are also sometimes referred to as "immatures."
The long-winged termite nymphs grow wing buds that eventually develop into full wings. These nymphs become termite swarmers which leave the colony to mate and find new colonies.
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