Termites are an ancient species, first appearing more than 250 million years ago. In that time, they have perfected the art of being the most successful social insects, second only to the ants. Contrary to popular belief, termites are not related to ants at all – they are more related to the cockroach.
Termites are known to have an intricate social structure. They are able to build structures up to 4 metres high, complete with specialty chambers, air ventilation and cooling systems. Scientists estimate that the weight of all the termites in the world is greater than the weight of all the humans in the world. If there was a king of the insect world, they would be it.
Termites have strength in numbers and there could be upwards of 5 million termites in a large nest, as the queen can lay up to 2000 eggs a day. The queen can live anywhere between 10-20 years and will lay up to 18,250,000 eggs in her lifetime.
Termites communicate via pheromones and feed on cellulose found in wood, paper, cardboard, etc. They work 24/7, do not sleep and, given enough time, termites will feed until nothing is left of the wood but an empty shell. Subterranean termites are known to forage up to a radius of 100 metres from their nest.
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