Termite Facts for Kids: Termite Information for Students

Posted: May 26, 2018 at 8:41 pm


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Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. There are about 2,000 known termite species in the world. Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage.

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Dampwood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species. Like drywood termites, dampwoodcoloniesdont have workers. Younger termites called “false workers” do all the work for the colony.

Dampwood termites like to feed on very moist wood.

Because they need lots of moisture, dampwood termites usually live in damp, dying wood or in houses with leaking plumbing that keeps the wood wet.

Dampwood termites do not carry disease and dont usually bother buildings because there is not enough water in the wood.

Drywood termites formcoloniesof up to 2,500 members. Drywood termite colonies dont have workers. Younger termites, called “false workers”, do all the work for the colony.

Drywood termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.

Drywood termite colonies are usually found in dry wood and they do not require moisture or contact with the soil.

Drywood termites can build nests and dig tunnels in buildings. These tunnels cause major damage because the wooden support beams can become weak and make the building lean or fall down.

Formosan termitecoloniescan be up to 300 feet long and there can be tens of thousands of termites in a single colony. Formosan termite colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers andreproductives. They are the largest and most destructive kind of termite.

Formosan termites eat wood and fabric made from plants. When they eat dead trees, these termites help the environment and make space for new plant life.

Formosans live in huge underground colonies, and build mud nests inside the walls of a building. They can also live in boats and buildings.

Formosan termites eat a lot of wood and can damage your house.

Subterranean termitecoloniescan have up to 2 million members! Their colonies are divided into three groups: workers, soldiers andreproductives.

Termites eat wood, wallpaper, plastics and fabric made from plants.

Subterranean termites need contact with the soil to survive. They live in underground colonies or in wet areas aboveground. They build tunnels to reach food and every spring, groups of reproductive termites fly off to start new colonies.

Subterranean termites are the most destructive kind of termite. They can eat a lot of wood and they can cause a lot of expensive damage to a house! They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.

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