Termite Facts: More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Termites

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It’s always a good idea to understand what we are up against. In Australia, we are always on the defence against termites.  It’s a love-hate relationship.  Really?

The fact is that termites do a great service for us in the environment.  They help break down the fibres of dead trees turning massive timbers into dust. That dust ends up enriching the soil which helps to feed plants, which feed the animals, some of which end up on our plates. Read on to find out interesting termite facts.

Interesting Termite Facts

  • There are approximately 2,300 termite species worldwide.
  • Termites do not sleep. They eat all day long, every single day. This 24/7 operation makes them the best at getting rid of decaying wood in the forest, but we all want them to keep their jaws in the woods, not in our homes.
  • The lifespan of the termite queen can be as long as 50 years! The non-reproductive members can survive for only a couple of years. The individual termite colonies have been known to exist for up to one century.
  • You probably heard of the queen termite, but did you know there is also a king? The king and queen pair secretes pheromones that inhibit the reproductive development of their other termite family members.
  • The queen lays eggs every 15 seconds.
  • Worker and soldier termites are both male and female. They are usually wingless and majority of them are blind. They are also sterile.  There is a special class of termite soldiers whose sole job is to care for termite eggs and young.
  • Worker termites are chiefly foragers and feeders so these are the ones that eat and cause destruction to the wooden structures. Another role they play is being the nest builders and repairers. They are also tasked as groomers of other colony members.
  • Take no prisoners!  Soldier termites defend the colony by decapitating intruders using their strong jaws.
  • The jaws of a termite are called mandibles.
  • Nothing like home cooking!  Termites feed other colony members through mouth to mouth as well as anus-to-mouth feeding.
  • This behavior also serves a form of communication for them.

All these termite facts are interesting, but chances are you still don’t want to invite termites in for tea.  Give us a call today at our Sydney office on 02 9454 7774 or 1300 CatchM (1300 228 246) for a termite inspection and prevention plan to protect your home.


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