What Are Pheromones and How Do Termites Use Them?

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Pheromones

Termites keep our Tom’s River termite control professionals busy each year. These pests can build up enormous colonies that contain thousands of termites, which increases the risk of serious damage to homes. One of the ways in which termites keep these colonies so well-organized is through the use of pheromones.

The king and queen of each termite colony emit chemicals called pheromones, which help determine how the colony is set up. These pheromones control the number of larvae that turn into workers, soldiers, and winged termites called alates.

Workers help build and expand the colony by digging tunnels, while soldiers defend it. Alates swarm each spring and perform what is known as a nuptial flight in which they mate in order to form new colonies. If something happens to the king or queen, these pheromones are no longer emitted.

Termite colonies are highly efficient and typically contain very large numbers of these pests. Since more and more termites are produced on a regular basis, it’s important to have pest control handle infestations as soon as possible.

The longer you wait, the bigger an infestation can get, leading to serious damage to your home. Having termite infestations stopped early helps protect your home and your family.

Our Tom’s River termite control experts offer reliable service. If you have termites in your home, contact Allison Pest Control.