How much money does termite damage cost homeowners and commercial real estate owners each year? The estimate is $5 billion annually. That’s a lot of money for a threat that we understand and know about. In order to understand how such a small creature can do so much damage, you have to understand termites, termite society, and how they attack homes.
In this article, we’ll go over some of the most important takeaways concerning termites and you can protect your home from these destructive little critters.
Understanding Termite Society
Termite colonies are controlled like a monarchy. The queen is responsible for the direction of everyday termite life. She is quite a remarkable insect in her own right. Termite queens can live up to 30 years which is longer than any other known insect in any insect species. In addition to the queen, termite colonies have a worker caste, a reproductive caste, and a warrior caste.
The reproductive caste is most active in swarming season. They are responsible for growing new colonies and venturing forth in the world. If you see any flying termites in your home, they are reproductive termites. Their presence means that the colony in your home has been so successful, that’s time for that colony to begin producing other colonies. In other words, it’s a bad sign.
The warrior termites are responsible for settling skirmishes between termites and other insects, most notably ants. Ants and termites go to war often.