Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fast Facts About the Bugs That Bug Us: Her Majesty, the Termite Queen

The termite queen lives to breed and may produce more than 1 million eggs in her lifetime.

The termite queen lives to breed and may produce more than 1 million eggs in her lifetime.

Kill the Termite Queen. Kill her colony. For good. No Queen. No colony. No problem.

To develop the Sentricon® System, we had to first understand the Termite Queen and the structure of her colony. Some of the most interesting things we discovered were:

  • The Termite Queen is the largest member of the colony ─ she can grow up to an inch or longer.
  • Besides being the biggest termite in the colony, the Termite Queen can live a decade or more.
  • When mature, she may produce an egg, on average, every 15 seconds throughout her life cycle.
  • Worker and soldier termites are blind. The Queen, and other reproductives, are able to see.
  • She is initially the only egg-laying individual in the colony.
  • The Queen sports a distended abdomen that moves up and down as a result of constant egg laying.

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Authorized Operator Spotlight: Peter Schmidt, Northwest Exterminating, Marietta, Georgia

A self-described graduate of the “school of hard knocks,” Peter Schmidt first became involved in pest management in Florida in 1992. He started his career with Northwest Exterminating in 1995, and became an Authorized Operator for the Sentricon® System in 1997. We caught up with Peter at a large Sentricon installation at an apartment complex in North Atlanta, where he shared some solid advice for both homeowners and other Authorized Operators—the latter of which might want to invest in some running shoes.

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