As mentioned in our post last month, it is termite swarming season. Here are additional points to consider during the summer months in Florida.
Do Termites live in groups or alone?
Termites live in groups and will not survive if it is alone. Termites live in colonies ranging in number from several thousand to millions. Like other insects, the colonies can include different roles such as a king and queen that are responsible for reproduction and there are worker termites and nymphs.
Can your home have more than one termite colony?
Yes, it is not uncommon for several colonies of termites to occupy one area of a home or structure. However, they do not intermingle from one to the other.
Do termites live exceptionally long?
The role of the termite determines the number of years they are alive. The queen or reproduction termite may live for decades whereas a worker termite may live from one to two years.
What happens after a swarm?
After swarming, subterranean termites will attempt to pair with a swarmer of the opposite sex within the colony. First that locate a habitat to establish a new colony of their own which requires moist soil, preferably in direct contact with wood. The termite colony that produced the swarmers will continue to be active after the swarm has taken place.
Termite Seasonal Calendar:
- Subterranean termites swarm during the spring and summer months.
- Formosan termites swarm at night during the late spring.
- Conehead termites disperse in swarms, often after the first heavy rain of the spring.
- Drywood termite swarm at night, from April through July and a variation call tropical smooth-headed can swarm throughout the year.
Keep in mind:
Termites are not a type of pest that can be controlled with do it yourself measures and should be addressed and removed by professionals.
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