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How Long Do Termites Live?

Most pests we deal with are short lived. Pests like ants can live anywhere from a few months to a couple of years, while your typical house fly lives anywhere from a few days up to a month! That’s pretty typical in the insect world; there just aren’t that many species that live for a long time. But there are a couple of exceptions to this and one is the subterranean termite. Worker termites may only live for a few years at most. They have quite a few predators as well as many different types of fungi that are after them, so it’s pretty surprising they live as long as they do! But the queen termite is the real survivor; did you know she can live she can live up to 45 years?!


Because queen termites have such longevity, they can pose a real problem if they build their colonies on your property. No one wants a house guest living on their property for that long! Especially not a house guest that will send her workers into the wood of your home’s structure to hollow it from the inside out! Luckily there are ways to get rid of these wood destroyers when they invade your home. Termite control systems are effective at killing termite colonies. Sometimes these systems need trenching or digging around your home to deposit termite monitoring stations into the ground. These stations attract termites and alert termite control specialists to their presence so that baits can be placed on your property to eliminate the pests. Other non-invasive termite control systems can also be used and are often just as effective.


When it comes to treating for termites, it’s important to get the queen termite. She’s the one responsible for creating her expansive colonies and if she is not eliminated, your problem could continue. Termite baits are usually quite successful in getting the queen, because when the worker termites collect the termite bait, they take it back to the colony. At the colony, it the bait is shared with all the other termites, including the queen. How long do termites live when a termite control system is in place? Only as long as it takes the termite to get back to the colony with the bait! Termite life spans are considerably shorter with professional control, which is good for the safety and structure of your home!


For exceptional termite control in St. Louis, Rottler has you covered. Give us a call to learn more about our termite control solutions for your Missouri home.

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