Sometimes the most destructive, gross and treacherous creatures have the most interesting ways of doing things. As a student you are often asked to do reports or studies on these creatures because by studying these creatures you can learn a valuable lesson on how to survive and get things done in your own life. Termites, for example can also teach you a lot and they are definitely one of the most interesting insect’s species to do a book report on. Here are just a few crazy termite facts.
The termite family
They live in colonies and have a good hierarchy structure that includes nymphs which are the babies; workers that do all the destruction, soldiers that protect the nests and reproductive males and females. You can tell the different types of family members by their size, shape and color.
They’re not really ants
Termites are mostly associated with ants. But in truth they are a lot closer to the cockroach family thanks to their looks and their ability to survive and re-surface.
They are of the house mound
A termite home is called a mound and they can vary from small mounds to huge mounds that are as big as a two story house, only underground. The mounds are made of soil, digested wood, mud, feces and saliva which makes it one of the strongest insect homes.
They have an alarm system
The soldiers of the hive will kick the walls of the hive when there is danger. These kicks send vibrations through the hive and alert the entire army of the danger. The soldiers are mostly blind but still a fierce force to reckon with.
They populate incredibly fast!
The queen of the hive can see. She can also live up to 25 years of age and her daily routine consists of laying an egg every 15 seconds. Yep, you read right. She lays up to 30 000 eggs per day which is why the termite infestations are so treacherous.
Their tummies are indestructible
A baby termite will start its life on eating the feces of other termites. As the termite grows he will get more and more bacteria and protozoa inside its belly. By the time the termite is fully grown, there are more than 100 types of bacteria or protozoa in the termite’s belly. The bacteria and protozoa is essential for processing wood.
They can eat your house from underneath you!
The Formosan subterranean termite is the most destructive of termite in the world. They cause billions of dollars’ worth of economic damage each and every year due to their quick ability to spawn. They can eat your house from underneath you and cause irreparable damage to your foundation before you will even know that they are there!
The best way to exterminate termites
If a termite infestation gets into your house your property value will decrease tremendously and you will have to do proper fumigation or end up with terrible damage to your home’s construction. Termite exterminators have several main categories of termite treatments that you can check out to get a termite infestation exterminated effectively. These termite treatments will also prevent termites from re-colonizing for a long time.