How to Identify Termite Larvae

And the Termite Life Cycle

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Termites are costly pests, potentially causing thousands of dollars of property damage to homeowners and business owners. The sooner you identify a problem, the better for your home and your wallet. How do you know if you have a problem? There are a couple of signs to look out for like wood damage and coffee-ground-like feces. While spotting termite larvae probably won’t be your first clue, it’s still important to know how to identify them. Read on to learn about termite larvae and the life cycle of this destructive pest.

How to Identify Termite Larvae

Color: White, almost translucent

Size: Approximately 1/10″

Appearance: They look very similar to worker termites, just smaller and soft

Life Cycle of a Termite

1. Mating: There are specific termites whose job it is to reproduce to help the colony grow quickly. The life cycle begins when reproductive termites leave the nest to procreate, and sometimes they’ll then form their own adjacent colony, becoming queens themselves.

2. Egg and Larvae: The fertilized queen lays her eggs, and the eggs hatch into larvae.

3. Molting: The larvae shed their exoskeletons, called molting, and then become nymphs. They develop into castes, like workers, soldiers, and other reproducers. They may molt many times to meet the colony’s needs, changing castes.

4. Maturity: At maturity, the termites go off and do their job. For example, the reproductive termites develop wings and functioning eyes, and their bodies become harder and darker to accommodate the elements outside of the nest. They swarm as their parents did, and the termite lifecycle begins again.

If You Found Termite Larvae, Call Green Pest Solutions

Each year, these voracious insects cause over $5 billion worth of structural damage throughout the United States. Don’t hesitate to call the pest professionals at Green Pest Solutions if you’re dealing with a termite problem. We know how expensive termite damage can be if not treated right away, and we also know the best ways to rid your home of them. Give us a call today at  877-636-9469.

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Guide to Termites

Guide to Termites

Protect your home from the devastation that termites can cause by knowing how to identify them, warning signs of their presence, and steps to prevent an infestation.