Be Rid Of Termites In Your Home

Termites live in large colonies that may contain several hundred thousand individual organisms. Colonies are made up of a caste system with five distinct levels.

Termite Queens
There is usually one main queen of the colony that often is the founder of the colony.  The queen is typically larger than other termites in the colony because she is swollen with eggs. Some queen termite species can live and reproduce for as many as twenty years.  Within the colony, supplementary queens will take over reproduction when the primary queen dies.

Termite Kings
The original or founding king of the termite colony spends his time fertilizing the main queen and tending to the young as the establishment of the colony progresses.

Termite Soldiers
Soldier termites do as their name would indicate, they defend the colony.  These termites are often the same size as workers with darker heads, but on occasion they are larger.  There are some species of termite that have two size classes within this one–major and minor soldiers.

Reproductive Termites
Depending on the species, reproductive termites can be either with or without wings.  They have darker and more durable bodies than others in the colony with compound eyes.  The more durable bodies in this caste helps them to survive for a period of time outside of the colony, which allows them to fly off and begin their own colony.  Reproductive’s are bound to either leave the nest in colonizing flight or to take over the colony in the event the queen dies.

Termite Workers
Worker termites have white bodies and thin skin that is susceptible to drying if they were to leave the colony.  The most numerous group of the colony, workers are involved in gathering food, caring for and feeding the young, and in building and maintaining the nest.

Damages may occur to your house by these nasty pests.  What is worse is the fact that if you leave these pests alone, they will multiply to even more.  If you have a termite problem, you may need to get the expertise of a pest removal professional.

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