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Termite Larva Physical Appearance and How to Handle Them

the termite larva sometimes looked like other larvae from different insects. That is why; you should know the differences and characteristics to differentiate them.

Termite larva is one of the early cycle that this creature has. Everything starts from the egg where then it will be developed into the adult one.

It needs for about 30 days for the eggs to hatch and become a larva. However, that hatching process and duration is ranging based on several factors.

The examples are like the species and environmental condition. After the eggs hatched, the next life cycle is termite larva. Maybe, some of you are still questioning something.

How to differ them from another larva? Actually, there are some aspects which you can see and notice. Find out more about that in the explanation below.

The Termite Larvae and It’s Behavior

Young larvae or nymphs are young termites that are very small in size (as small as their eggs). They are soft in stature, white in color, and resemble the shape of small adult termites.

Termite larva with Their Queen
Credits: De Agustine

They are immature and cannot digest food on their own. So that at the beginning of their appearance, the larvae are fed exclusively through the salivary glands of the queen and the king.

Over time, they will be cared for and fed with termites of young workers. The termite larvae size will be getting bigger. Young larvae or nymphs will go through a series of molts by releasing their exoskeletons.

Generally, that will be done for about 3-4 times) to become one of the 3 termite castes: workers, soldiers, or reproductive. As time goes by, they will be grouped.

Checking the Physical Appearances

Termite larva have a soft, non-hard-shelled body. The shape of the head of the the baby is very different from the body. It means that they have 6 legs.

The antennae that they have are straight. The larvae have almost the same shape as worker caste and nymphs, but they are much smaller in size.

The shape of the body is similar to that of an ant. However, ants have a slimmer waist, while termites have a straighter and softer body. In contrast to the twisted antennae of ants, the antennae of termites are straight.

The Color of Termite Larva

Make sure to look at the color as well. The larvae are white and almost translucent. Remember, worker and nymphs are about having the same color.

Therefore, color is not a sufficient indicator to distinguish larvae from worker caste or nymphs. If the body is off-white, but the head is darker, the insect may be an adult army.

Meanwhile, if they are dark in color, such as brown or black, they may be nerds or ants. If it has wings, it may be a female termite larva.

How if You Found Them at House

The baby larvae will starve to death if all workers die. Pest control services may be able to remove them by destroying their colonies since it is the most effective way.

If you find an adult insect, the babies are maybe at your house too. If there are termite larva in house, you should find a way to eradicate the colony.

Contact pest control services is a smart and effective way. You should know that this creature doesn’t like light and air. They love a dark area to build some holes as their nest.

Actually, they don’t have eyes. They will use a substance called pheromones to communicate with the colonies. A colony always have a king and a queen.

Where You can Find the Termite Holes?

The holes or nests that they build can be found everywhere. However, the most common areas are like at home, wood, building, wall, up to the furniture.

The nests of these animals are very complex, unique and very beneficial for life. According to studies, the plants on which nests appear have a good strength and are very sturdy.

In addition, the presence of these wood-eating animals is also a factor to see the fertility of the soil in a location. The termite larvae appearance can be one of the signs.

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith
Brandon has a few years of experience in Pest control. Apart from his interest in blogging and adventures, he has helped many people get rid of termites Author at Betermites.com

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