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Understanding the Cycle of Termites Is Critical To Controlling Them in St Louis

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Termites follow a determined life cycle, but how does understanding this lead to being able to prevent them from getting into, and damaging, your home?  The cycle begins when male and female winged swarmers, also known as alates, are released from the colony.  These are potential breeders, that can help establish new colonies at different sites, seeking out moisture and food to establish a beachhead somewhere else.  Only a small number of these alates survive to establish new colonies, which is why it's so important for them to release so many swarmers.  Most of them die from natural predators, or from catching on moisture condensation before they release their wings.

The termites generally leave with long wings, suitable for distance flying, but awkward for close quarters maneuvering.  These wings are easily caught up in moisture due to their thin structure, and are abandoned once the termite reaches its new home.  This shedding renames the termites, as they become de-alates.  They emit pheremones, just like most animals and insects, and these attract the male and female termite de-alates together to breed.  each male and female pairing eventually find a nest site that they enclose.  We call that the "nuptial chamber", where they mate.  They then become that colony's king and queen, starting the process again.

This tells us that termites aren't content to stay in one place, and will use their wings to great advantage, finding their way to where the food and water are plentiful to establish new colonies.  This swarming behavior whereupon the termites spread themselves across the available territory makes them difficult to track.  A professional Pest Control Expert, like Chuck Richardson of Richardson Pest Solutions, can determine whether or not you have a termite infestation, and rid your home of this problem.  Visit today and set up a free inspection with St Louis' best termite control company.


Unwanted guests are always nuisances. Unwanted pests are downright bothersome. If you have animals invading your attic or critters crawling where they shouldn’t be, contact Richardson Pest Solutions. We are members of the National Pest Management Association, and have been a family-owned and family-operated business since 1972. Please contact us today for free inspections and estimates. We’re available Monday through Saturday and we’re ready to serve you. Certified Applicator License #10018


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