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.

Why is the Termite Queen so critical to the success of a colony?

The Queen lays eggs. Those eggs grow into a termite colony, which may invade your home, causing serious damage. As long as that colony and the Queen exist, there’s a threat to your property.

Here’s some rare video footage of a termite queen:

 

 

Eliminate the Termite Queen and her colony with the Sentricon System.

Assess your termite risk with our Risk CalculatorWe’re also talking termites on our Facebook page, on Twitter, and on Google+. We’ve even joined the pinning party at Pinterest!

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