Extensive research shows that queen termites can live for decades. Workers and soldiers, meanwhile, typically live for two years. Given the fact that termites live in soil and are exposed to fungi and predators, they are known as great survivors.
How Long Do Termites Live?
It’s certainly possible for the termite colonies to last for the whole lifespan of the primary queen. This means, by the time the queen dies, the colony can have quite an expansive territory.
For subterranean termites, extensive damage can occur in the wood. Today, scientists use DNA analysis to map out both the size and territories of these colonies. One such study concluded that there are more than 20 colonies per acre in some specific areas.
In these colonies, the queen may pass away, yet the secondary reproductive termites and the other colony queens will keep reproducing moving forward. Termite infestations can be tough to identify, especially prior to reaching full maturity.
Because a queen’s life can span so many years/decades, populations left unchecked are capable of causing a lot of damage to infested structures. This damage can be quite costly to repair. Termite damage each year in the U.S. is estimated to be over $5 billion.
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