The presence of termite larvae is often the cause of great concern for homeowners who fear infestation of these pests in their homes. Termites at this stage in their lives do not directly contribute to structural damage to a home. At this point they are actually quite unable to fend for themselves or to gather their own food. While termites are at the larvae stage, they are fed by the workers in the colony.
Larvae Comprise Large Colony Numbers
The trouble with these pests at this stage is that they comprise large portions of the overall colony in most cases. What’s more, as they are growing and developing they require constant feeding. To this end, the workers in the colony work to feed on wood in order to feed the larvae of the colony. The fact that they make up such large overall numbers and such a great portion of the colony, coupled with the fact that they need to be fed on a constant basis while they are growing and maturing, makes these insects a great threat to the home even though they are not directly responsible for any damage to it until they reach the latter stages of their life cycle. Thus, when you see these creatures at this particular stage it is critical to get something done. Get an inspection from a well qualified expert pest inspector and find out whether you have an active infestation; and if so, to what extent your home has been damaged and what the prognosis might be for extermination.
How to Identify Termite Larvae
Termites follow the same life cycle as many other insects. They begin as eggs and remain at this stage usually for a few weeks. After that time period is over the eggs hatch. When they emerge from the eggs these pests are approximately the same sizes as the eggs themselves. They become termite larva at this stage and begin to develop and mature further. At this point they are largely unable to take care of themselves or work for the good of the colony. A termite at this stage is quite helpless and requires the care of workers, who supply food and take care of basic needs.
Termite larvae are unlike some other insects at this stage in their lives, as they do not directly cause damage to homes. However, their dependent status indirectly leads to much of the damage that is done by the workers, so they are a grave threat indeed. What’s more, they become workers themselves once they are past the termite larvae stage, so eradication of the entire colony is critical. As these creatures move through their different life cycles, they present threats to the home in different ways.
For example, adult reproductives also are not usually responsible for home damage, but since they supply the new eggs that hatch into larvae and require all the attention of the workers, they too play a role in the destruction of home properties. A termite in any part of the life cycle can be considered a threat because it can indicate the presence of those in other parts of the cycle, such as the hungry and seemingly helpless larvae and the industrious workers.
Termite Larvae Require Immediate Attention
Professional will point out that among the termite population, termite larvae cannot actually do a whole lot to directly damage your home. Even so, it is critical to seek the attention of a certified termite control company if you spot these creatures at this stage in their lives. Spotting termite larvae means infestation is possible.