Big Trivia for Little Termites

Here are some fun facts about termites!

The small but mighty termite provides a useful service to the world by eating dead, decaying wood out in the forest. However, if they start chewing on your basement support beams, that’s a different story. Their body chemistry and eating habits are complex and varied, and their destructive force is legendary. It’s no wonder that termites are high on the trivia chain. We enjoy sharing our termite trivia with you on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages every week, so here are some of the most interesting fun facts we’ve ever run across. How many of them do you know?


Termites are found in every state except Alaska.  What risk zone do you live in?

• In the United States alone, an estimated $5 billion in termite-related property damage occurs annually¹

• More than 5 million homes in the United States have some type of termite problem each year²

• Termite damage is more costly than damage caused by fires, storms and earthquakes¹

• Termite damage is rarely covered by homeowners insurance

• Worker termites work and eat around the clock

• Termites live in underground colonies and tunnel to trees, buildings or any source of cellulose

• A termite colony can number from the thousands to millions

• The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears to bite bits of wood continuously

• Worker termites feed on wood and then feed the rest of the colony by regurgitating

• Protozoa in the termite gut actually digest the cellulose

• Worker termites forage randomly and continuously for food, sometimes traveling up to 350 feet from the colony, and can thoroughly cover a territory up to a half acre in size³

• Termites have survived since the days of the dinosaurs

• Termites are the second-largest natural source of methane, a greenhouse gas4

• Besides being the biggest termite in the colony, the Termite Queen can live as long as 25 years5


The Queen rules when it comes to reproduction–and termite trivia.

Don’t be caught unawares about termites! Find out what your risk is at .

1National Pest Management Association
2Ipsos-Insight 2005
5University of Rhode Island

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