5 interesting termite facts

Termites are truly amazing creatures, which are known as the most destructive insect pests in the world. To understand more about termites – here are some interesting facts about termites.

  1. Termites are often mistaken for white ants
  2. Termites do not sleep
  3. Termites communicate by using vibration
  4. Termites considered as a hidden menace
  5. Termites can travel upwards and horizontally

Choose one of the five interesting facts about termites above to get more fascinating information about termites.

1. Termites are often mistaken for white ants

Some people do refer to termites as white ants. This is because termite’s morphology and way of living are relatively similar to ants. One way to differentiate between the two is that termite has much thicker waists than ants.

2. Termites do not sleep

Termites are social insects that work 24 hours a day and every single day of the year. FYI: They feed on any materials containing cellulose, such as wooden furniture, door frames, and cardboard.

3. Termites communicate by using vibration

To alert a danger, termite soldiers will knock their heads against the structure to cause a vibration to keep the termites on guard from enemies.

Termite colony

4. Termites considered as hidden menace

Termites are often called “silent destroyers” for their ability to cause costly damage to homes without being noticed by every homeowner.

The presence of termite colonies consists of thousands of termites chewing up our home 24 hours every day. Most of the time, the symptoms of termite infestation at home are often unnoticeable.

5. Termites can travel upwards and horizontally

In everyday life, many people are not aware that termites are capable of traveling horizontally and vertically. This ranges from underground to upper ground, and as far as a few hundred feet away to consume the visible wooden materials around your home.

In some cases, some termite species can also travel and build invisible nests for their colonies built deep in your home such as concrete and cement walls and termite infestation at home cannot be ignored.

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