Fort Myers Pest Control: Tip 1 “What Do Termites Look Like?”

Pictures of termites (Two Queens and Workers)

This is the 1st of 7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House & Home which can be downloaded for FREE from my library of eBooks.

During the course of this series, you’ll see many pictures of termites (like the one above) so if you get grossed out easily, you may find it difficult to read the rest of my blog posts. You’ve been forewarned :). So before we launch into the wonderful world of termites, you should have a firm understanding of what these creatures are and the purpose they serve in nature.

Termites are social creatures who look out for their own, and are very family-centric. In fact, they live with several hundred to several million family members who all work together to find cellulose food sources that will grow the colony.

I’m sure you love your family as much as I love mine. But could you imagine living with that many family members? Ugh. :(

As you are probably aware, these little creatures can be very successful in their foraging efforts, using a cooperation called “swarm intelligence”. In fact, they are so successful in these food hunting systems that they can LITERALLY eat you out of house and home…hence the title of my new eBook.

A typical termite colony includes the following members:

Workers have soft, light-colored bodies about the size of a grain of rice. They live in the dark tunnels running through the soil and into the wooden frames of buildings. They forage for food 24/7, and tend the queen. The juveniles, also called “nymphs”, groom and feed one another and the other members of the colony.

Soldiers have long heads with powerful jaws and are responsible for defense. (pictures of termites here)

Reproductive members are male and female termites that develop wings and leave the colony in a swarm to mate and start new colonies. (pictures of termites here)

7 Tips to Prevent Termites from Eating You Out of House and HomeThe Queen is the largest member of the colony (two queens are pictured above surrounded by workers), up to 10 cm. long! If she needs to move, several hundred workers must push her at once. She lays an egg every 15 seconds and will be replaced by another reproductive if she dies.

Although termites are small creatures, their collective forces can be extremely powerful! They have achieved such feats as hollowing huge trees, moving vast amounts of soil, and, of course, eating your house!

No one knows the enemy as well as us! If you’d like to learn more about termite control, protection, & service call (800) 314-8813, visit your friendly, local Fort Myers Pest Control company, or contact us now.

-Keith