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The Termite Lifecycle

Termite king and queen pairings is the act that brings together a new termite colony. When two swarmer termites (the termites with wings) make a match, they break off their wings, find the best location for their new nest (which they will never leave again) and mate. In the beginning stages of the developing colony, a queen termite will only lay between 10 and 20 eggs a day. As the colony and queen age, she can lay as many as 1,000 eggs in one day. Queen termites live from 15 to 17 years but have been known to live up to 50 years of age. 

How Big Are Termite Eggs?

Termite eggs are tiny, but still visible to the naked eye. Subterranean termite eggs are white or brownish colored, oval and translucent. They are closer to oval shaped than round. If you have encountered termite eggs, you will see many many eggs—possibly in the thousands. 

Where Do Termites Lay Their Eggs?

You will most likely never see a termite egg. Termite eggs are typically found deep in a central location in the termite colony where the queen termite lays her eggs. This will always be deep in the nest which can be anywhere from 4 to 18 inches below the ground. After the queen lays the eggs, worker termites will transfer the eggs into incubation chambers where they will continue to care for the eggs until they hatch. 

Help with Termites

Because it is so rare to see termite eggs, if you do discover termite eggs, you may be dealing with quite a severe infestation that has been ongoing for several years. If you have come across a termite colony and found its eggs, call a pest care professional right away. Trying to eradicate a well-established termite colony whose network of tunnels might be difficult to map is a tough job, but one that a trained, knowledgeable professional is equipped to do. To find the best pest care professional for your particular job, call Pest Control Experts today to get a recommendation for the right pest control professional today.

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