Dealing with a termite infestation in and around your home or business property is like a nightmare for most homeowners. These pests can cause damage up to millions of dollars.
If you already know about termite infestations, you must understand the tell-tale signs such as discarded wings, blisters on the wooden surfaces, and mud tubes snaking up the side of your property.
Have you ever thought of baby termites? Sounds interesting, right?
Let us know the facts about the baby termites that may help you in stopping termite infestation.
Baby termite starts with an egg:
The Queen termite mates with the male termite and gets fertilized. These Queen termites look for a nest site and start laying eggs to expand their colonies. The sole purpose of the Queen termite in her entire life is to produce more and more eggs. The Queen termites grow the first batch of worker termites.
These worker termites will have the responsibility to feed the Queen termites. The termite colony expands within a year.
It is true to say that baby termites have many siblings.
Termite life stages:
One fascinating thing about the termite lifecycle is that it is not the same as other insects.
The majority of insects’ lifecycle starts from egg, pupa, larva and enters into the adult development stages. Termites don’t follow this pattern.
The eggs hatch into the white larvae known as termite nymphs. These nymphs come straight out of the eggs, looking like miniature termites.
Termite eggs appearance:
There are fewer chances to spot the termite eggs unless you disturb the termite colony. The eggs are well protected in a nest and grouped in dozens, sheltered from harm.
The termite eggs have a white to yellow transparent color, looking like caviar. Once they hatch, the baby termites will shift to the nursery chambers where they are fed and groomed.
Baby termites look like tiny white ants. With the antennae pointing straight out, these baby termites have a pale to pale white color. The baby termites have thick waists with long wings having equal sizes.
Baby termites’ destiny:
If you ask the baby termites what they wanted to be when they grew up, there are four roles to choose from- swarmers, workers, soldiers, and queens.
Most baby termites turn into swarmers whose ultimate goal is to fly away and establish new colonies.
Out of these, some termites may develop into the new Queens.
Those termites who don’t have wings will eventually become workers or soldiers.
Worker termites have the responsibility of expanding the colony and forage for the food sources. Soldier termites defend the termite colonies.
Are baby termites harmful?
The baby termites can’t damage the structures as they can’t feed themselves. However, this doesn’t mean that they won’t eat the pieces of your house. You must remember that baby termites stay as babies only for a short time. After growing into adult termites, their destructive eating habits will create havoc inside your property.
Knowing the early sign of termite infestation is crucial to keep your property termite-free. What’s even more important is to have a regular inspection of your house done by the pest control experts.