How a Termite Colony Operates
A critical part of eliminating termites from a property is to understand how a termite colony operates. Termite colonies entail multiple roles devoted to ensuring the entire layout survives. Here's a closer look at how a colony operates and how the termites can persist even if a queen dies.
HOW THE COLONY STARTS
A termite colony starts when the males and females leave another colony to mate. They will fly during the mating period to find one another and to seek a location for reproduction. After gathering and settling in one spot, a queen termite will lay eggs to produce new termites.
THREE ROLES OF A COLONY
Part of how a colony operates entails the three roles each termite holds. There are three roles in a colony:
* WORKER - The worker termite will feed the other termites, build tunnels and chambers in the colony, and burrow through other places to find food stores. Workers can go hundreds of feet from the settlement to search for things.
* SOLIDER - A soldier termite is slightly more massive in size. The soldier produces shelter in the colony and defends it from outside forces.
* ALATES - The alates are the termites that help the queen grow the colony. The alates will lay eggs alongside the queen. The king will fertilize the new eggs, thus enabling the colony to grow.
The termites can adapt and shift between roles as necessary. For example, a soldier termite can operate as a worker if there are no substantial threats to the colony.
HOW LONG CAN THE COLONY LIVE?
A colony could live for at least ten years without disruption. A queen can live for about ten years, while the other termites can last for one to two years on average.
The colony won't die after the queen dies off. The other alates will still lay eggs. The termites will eventually select a new queen to lead the space.
Winged males and females can still fly off from the original colony and produce a new one. That new colony may be close to the original one, prolonging the lifespan and making the overall infestation more significant.
Understanding how a colony operates is necessary for ensuring its elimination. A termite control effort can identify the site of the colony and eliminate all types of termites in the settlement. It can also review possible colonies surrounding the original one, ensuring a comprehensive approach to removing all termites from a property.
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