Are Termites Blind?

We are frequently asked the question, are termites blind? You may think this is a silly question, but it isn’t. The fact is, most termites are blind. To adequately answer this question and those that follow, like how did they find my house if they’re blind, you have to understand how termites live. This is where the training and skill sets of our pest professionals are your advantage.

At Priority Pest Services, it is our business to know the ins and outs of termites, so we can solve the other question, which is how do you keep them from destroying your home? Having trouble with termites? Contact us at (757) 204-4523 to schedule a free home inspection!

Now That You Can Answer, Are Termites Blind, How Do They Live?

Termites live in colonies that are ruled by a king and queen. The king and queen have eyes and are not blind. In fact, they initially have wings. Once they mate and reproduce, they lose their wings and remain in the home’s colony guarded by blind soldiers. The other group that lives in the colony is the laborers. These are the termites that find your house and forage for your wood.

The blind soldiers and laborers communicate by smell and vibration. As they walk, they leave a chemical called pheromones like a trail of breadcrumbs. The trail of pheromones leads to the food and back to the nest. If there is a large food source, the number of pheromones is increased to alert those that follow. When there is a threat to the colony, the soldiers bang their heads against the nest to alert all to the danger. This shows that although the answer to the question, are termites blind, is yes, it is irrelevant in that, even without eyes, they can eat their way around your home quite easily.

How Do You Stop Termites?

When it comes to dealing with termites, we do not suggest a do it yourself method. The best way to stop termites is to contact the pest control professionals at Priority Pest Services! Termites can be quite elusive and can cause a lot of damage to your home, especially unnoticed. If you suspect termites in your home, act quickly, and contact us at (757) 204-4523 to schedule a free home inspection!

The advantage to using our pest control services is that we are also licensed to do home repairs. Having someone doing home repairs that understands the relationship of the damage in your home and the chances that it could be pest related, or be an attractant for pests, is the best way to protect your home.