Fast Facts about Eastern Subterranean Termites
March 15, 2013
- Termites are the second-largest natural source of methane, a greenhouse gas.
- Worker termites feed on wood and then feed the rest of the colony by regurgitating.
- Termite damage is rarely covered by homeowners insurance.
- Termites are found in every state except Alaska.
- Termites live in underground colonies and tunnel to wood sources — trees, buildings or any source of cellulose.
- More than 5 million homes in the United States have some type of termite problem each year.
- The termites on Earth outweigh the humans on Earth.
- 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 size.
- Termites have survived since the days of the dinosaurs.
- A termite colony can number from the thousands to millions.
- Termite damage is more common than damage caused by fires, storms and earthquakes.
- In the United States alone, an estimated $5 billion in termite-related property damage occurs annually.
- Termites do not sleep. They work 24 hours a day.
- Termites can squeeze into your home through cracks as small as 1/32 of an inch.
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Guide to Termites
Protect your home from the devastation that termites can cause by knowing how to identify them, warning signs of their presence, and steps to prevent an infestation.