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Termite Facts

Termites, things you may not know…

Termites have been munching away on wood for over 250 million years, long before people started building their homes from wood products. Termites recycle wood products into soil by feeding on and breaking down cellulose, the main component of the cell walls in plants. Most of the 2,200 or so species of termites live in the tropics.

  • Termites are found on all continents except Antarctica
  • Termites never sleep, they eat 24 hours a day 7 days a week
  • Termite queens can live up to 25 years and can lay up to 40,000 eggs per day
  • Termites have a higher protein content than beef
  • There can be up to 3 million termites in a single nest
  • Termites don’t just eat dead dry wood and homes they will eat living trees too
  • Termites eat over 7 billion tonnes of plant material each year
  • It’s estimated that for each human on earth there is around 1000 pounds of termites

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