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Top 10 Cool Facts About Termites

Termites, the pale look-alike of ants, are known as nasty creatures that destroy properties and furniture made of wood and are creepy. Their existence in your home or business can cause nuisance so you find ways to get rid of them. If there’s an infestation, you call a pest control company. But did you know that termites are more than just wood-eaters? There are a lot of things about them that are cool. Check out this list!

1. Termites Are Sleepless Bugs


If you have a lot of things to do or simply love staying awake to play video games, then you will surely envy the ability of termites to stay awake throughout their lifespan. Termites are hardworking and busy bugs. They work 24/7 to make tunnels, burrow, and build nests. What is more incredible is that they can stay awake for a year or two. Two years is their average lifespan. It seems like they are making the most of their life.  

2. Termites Species Are Very Old

Termites may only live for about a year or two but their species is ancient. They are among the insects that have been around for ages, much longer than human beings. It is estimated that the first humans lived 4 1/2 million years ago. The earliest dinosaurs existed around two hundred and thirty million years ago. Termites species, however, are estimated to have lived two hundred and fifty million years ago. This insect descended from a species that cockroaches also come from which lived around 300 million years ago.

3. Termite Soldiers And Workers Cannot See

Depending on the termite species, a colony will consist of numerous castes or forms. There will be king and queen, the reproductive, immature termites, nymphs, workers, and soldiers. The king and queen have wings and functioning eyes but the rest of the colony are born wingless and blind. Yes, they work without a sense of sight. They do not need it anyway since these industrious creatures spend their lifetime in the confines of their damp, dark nest. They communicate with the help of pheromones or a special chemical scent. Termites have special glands on their chests which they use to leave scent trails that will guide other workers.

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