The Concerned Homeowner’s Guide to the Termite Lifespan and Lifecycle

Did you know that a female termite can produce one egg every three seconds, which equates to around 30,000 eggs per day? If you own a home it is a good idea to educate yourself about these uninvited guests, especially if your home is primarily made out of wood. Knowing about the termite lifespan will come in handy in case you ever have swarms of termites visiting your house.

Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of the termite lifespan.

  • Reproduction

The life cycle of the termite starts with a mating flight where a reproductive male and female with wings establish a colony and choose to procreate. Once the fertilization occurs the termites settle down and shed their wings.

Then the queen and king termites become the center of the life cycle because they become 100% responsible for the reproduction of new termites. If you have the suspicion that you have been invaded because you are finding weird-looking wings around your house take a look at these five signs whether or not your suspicion is correct.

  • Eggs

Once the female termite is fertilized she begins to lay her eggs which hatch into white larvae. Then they molt and become either a soldier, worker, or secondary reproductives within the colony.

  • Nymphs

A young termite going through molts is called a nymph. Molting is when the exoskeleton is shedding. First, the young termite has a soft skeleton under its hard exoskeleton and when it hits its maturity stage the outermost skeleton splits open and the new exoskeleton hardens and becomes larger.

Molting will continue during the termite’s lifecycle depending on the species and the needs of the colony.

  • Castes

Depending on the class the termite becomes they will have a unique appearance and their own responsibility within the colony. The workers will be responsible for constructing tunnels and chambers. Workers also have to groom and feed other termite classes.

The soldier termites have much larger heads and large mandibles that come in handy during combat. They have to be fed by the working class because their larger features make it more difficult to feed themselves. They are usually a yellow-brownish color.

The reproductive termites are also known as the alates and they are born with two pairs of wings. They are the darkest of all the termites.

Sometimes the termites move from one caste to another, if the colony needs more workers, more soldiers, or more reproductive termites.

Feeling Like a Termite Lifespan Pro?

We hope that now that you are more knowledgeable about the termite lifespan you can make informed decisions if you discover you have termites in your home. This is definitely one pest that you do not want to ignore because their colony life span is between 20-50 years depending on the exact species.

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