12 Things About Termites You May Not Have Known
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Although they are extremely destructive, termites are actually very fascinating insects and here are some interesting things you may not know about them:
Termites never sleep. They work 24 hours a day, every day, from the moment they are born until they die.
Rich in iron, fatty and amino acids and proteins, termites are actually a highly nutritious food source. Frogs, geckos, frill-necked lizards and legless lizards and some snakes feed on termites.
Termites are extremely hygienic and groom each other to prevent disease.
There are over 2,000 termite species throughout the world, but only about 360 in Australia, of which Coptotermes acinaciformis, Coptotermes frenchi and ‘Giant Termite’ Mastoternes darwiniensis damage crops and timber — and properties. About one in three homes in Australia is affected by termites.
Some termite species are believed to have existed on earth for over 250 million years — long before dinosaurs.
Termites live in caste systems, where each caste plays a different role in the colony.
“Soldier” termites cannot feed themselves, but rely on workers to give them regurgitated digested cellulose.
When they sense a threat, soldier termites bang their heads against the colony’s tunnel walls, creating vibrations to warn the rest of the colony.
In Australia, termites inflict about AUD$780 million of property damage every year.
The largest termite colony ever recorded contained over three million termites. Workers and soldiers live one to two years, but queens can live for up to 20 years, laying an egg every three seconds — about 30 thousand eggs every day.
Termites secrete a wide variety of different pheromones from glands on their chests, which communicate a variety of information to other caste members such as the location of food.
Termites have sense organs located on their base of their antennae and tibiae that allow them to sense vibrations. Some species choose which food sources to infest by sensing vibroacoustic signals emitted by various pieces of wood.
So even though the mention of termites may be enough to make you shudder, perhaps the above information will give you a different perspective – and possibly a degree of admiration – for these dangerous pests.
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