When most people think of termites, they picture small insects gnawing on a piece of wood. While this is a correct generality, there’s much more to know about the pests, especially if you need to take termite control actions. Understanding the interesting way these creatures function will make eliminating them from your property easier.
What You May Not Know About Termites
1. They Never Sleep
Some species are diurnal, meaning they sleep at night and operate during the day. Others are nocturnal and sleep during the day and eat and work at night. Termites fall into neither of these categories because they don’t sleep, working nonstop to build their colony.
2. They Live in a Male & Female Society
Like bees, ants, and other social insects, termites live in structured caste systems. However, unlike these other pests, termites don’t live in a female-dominated society. Instead, their population is roughly comprised of half males and half females, and they have a king and queen, who both reproduce. Termite control needs to be administered during the first seven to 10 years, which is the peak egg-laying time. If this window is missed, secondary queens will start laying eggs, growing the colony at a faster rate.
3. A Single Colony Can Last Decades
During spring, swarmers, which are new king and queen termites, will take flight from their hibernation spot to find a mate and start a colony of their own. The offspring they produce will live for only a year or two at most, but these matriarchs will last 10 to 20 years. If termite control measures aren’t taken early, subterranean colonies that are allowed to mature can easily contain over 60,000 worker termites and occupy several interconnected nesting sites.
If you suspect you have a termite infestation, contact the exterminators at Aloha Termite & Pest Control in Wahiawa, HI. These professionals will take immediate action identifying and ridding your home or business of the insects. Their experienced employees perform a wide range of pest and termite control solutions, including tenting for treating dry wood termites. Call (808) 622-2268 to request a free quote, or visit their website to learn more about their services.