While each termite species thrives in different climates and eats different types of food, all termites require four things to survive – food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide these ideal conditions for termite infestation.
Did You Know?
- Termites are one of the rare insect species that live in colonies consisting of an equal number of males and females, even in the soldier caste.
- Approximately 2,300 species of termites are known to exist on earth.
- While a serious threat to wooden structures, termites are also beneficial. Their ability to digest cellulose helps these insects recycle the nutrient base of the planet.
- Termites have existed for approximately 250 million years.
- In recorded history, termites have never developed resistance to any type of pesticide. Termites' survival is due in part to the queen’s “royal taster system,” in which the colony’s workers taste and process all food before it is fed to the queen.
- Termite workers and soldiers are blind, which means they rely on their sense of touch and chemical signals to help them locate food, moisture and shelter.
Reference: Facts courtesy of Roger E. Gold, Ph.D., Texas A&M University.